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