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.
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) hosted a High Level Meeting (HLM) on UHC on September 23, 2019, to mobilise the highest political support for UHC and adopted 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 urged 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 IDF's call to action in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Kirundi by clicking on the pictures below.
IDF's campaign on social media in the run-up to the HLM on UHC:
In the run-up to the HLM on UHC, IDF developed a UHC selfie campaign focused on the cost of essential diabetes care around the world. You can find examples of these selfies in our Flickr gallery. In addition to the selfie campaign, IDF created some advocacy videos featuring members from its network of people living with diabetes.
As part of the campaign, IDF also launched a monthly diabetes expenditure calculator - which calculates diabetes expenditure from other currencies in US dollars and the percentage of Gross National Income per capita the expenditure represents.