UN High Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage

What is Universal Health Coverage and why is it important for people with diabetes?

The World Health Organisation defines Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as a situation where all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. UHC is a central piece of the Sustainable Development Goals and, in 2015, all UN Member States committed to achieving it by 2030. UHC call to action

Diabetes is a condition that requires lifelong management. Without UHC, people with diabetes can face catastrophic health expenditures and impoverishment as a result of the medical expenses incurred to manage their condition effectively to avoid or delay complications.

What is the High Level Meeting on UHC?

Despite global commitments, half of the world’s population does not yet have full coverage of essential health services at an affordable price. The United Nations (UN) is hosting a High Level Meeting (HLM) on UHC on September 23, 2019, to mobilise the highest political support for UHC and adopt a political declaration with milestones for the achievement of UHC by 2030.

What is IDF doing on occasion of the UN HLM on UHC?

On occasion of the UN HLM on UHC, IDF is urging global leaders to leave no one behind and ensure all people with diabetes have access to essential care and medicines at an affordable price.

You can download and read the IDF call to action by clicking on the picture on the right.
The document is available in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Support IDF's campaign in the run-up to the HLM on UHC:

IDF has launched a UHC selfie campaign focused on the cost of essential diabetes care around the world. By participating, you can support IDF in ensuring that the voices of people with diabetes are heard on occasion of the HLM on UHC.

IDF is currently developing a calculator for the selfie campaign. Please visit this page again in the coming weeks to find out how you can take part.

Here are some examples of UHC selfies:

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