Established in 2007, Health Equity Initiatives (HEI) is a Malaysian non-government organization based in Kuala Lumpur that is committed to advancing the right to health of marginalized populations through its integrated core programs, which include community based health interventions, professional mental health services, research and monitoring activities, and evidence based advocacy. HEI also has an internship program for students of medicine and psychology.
HEI primarily works with refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia, and the organization believes community decision-making and participation are critical to empowering marginalized communities.
HEI’s mission is to promote and protect the health rights of marginalized communities. We believe that universal access to affordable, high quality health care is a fundamental human right and recognize that community participation and empowerment are instrumental to the realization of these rights.
A socially just world in which every human being is entitled to enjoy the highest attainable standard of health conducive to living a life in dignity.
1. Laws, policies and programs are established and reoriented to recognize and advance the health rights of marginalized communities so they are better able to achieve equity and justice in health.
2. The physical and mental health of marginalized communities improves enabling them to live with increased dignity and well-being.
3. Marginalized communities become stronger and more effective in promoting their health rights through interventions, advocacy and policymaking at the community, national and international levels enabling them to gain increased agency over their health and lives.