Beyond Type 1 is urging world leaders at the United Nations to grapple with universal health coverage


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On Tuesday, May 9, 2023, Beyond Type 1 joined the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Alliance for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) to address world leaders in a panel discussion at the UN Hearing on Universal Health Coverage World at the United Nations (UN) to summon (UHC). Panelists came together to break down silos and promote a holistic approach to NCD prevention and care, with an emphasis on putting people at the heart of policy and programmatic decision-making.

Beyond Type 1’s Vice President of International Markets, Mariana Gomez, participated in a panel discussion with respected world health leaders to discuss how to ensure the right to health for people living with NCDs through UHC. Co-hosted by the Jamaican Mission to the United Nations, the NCD Alliance, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and WHO, the event presented advocacy priorities and key issues ahead of the 2023 UN high-level meeting on UHC , which will take place on September 21, 2023.

The high-level meeting marks a crucial moment for advancing NCD prevention and control at the highest political level. NCDs cause 74% of deaths worldwide—17 million people die each year before the age of 70 from a noncommunicable disease. One hundred million people are pushed into extreme poverty every year because they have to make out-of-pocket payments to manage their care. At least half of the world population There is currently a lack of essential comprehensive health care.

“We are not patients because we are impatient,” Gómez said, providing critical perspectives from her lived experience. “We must act now. Those of us who, like me, have a noncommunicable disease like type 1 diabetes and are privileged to be alive cannot watch our peers around the world lack access to the basic services they need to survive need. And while this is my story, it is the story of many others affected by NCDs.”

The main NCD types are cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes. Discussion during the panel called for prioritizing community-level NCD interventions by primary care professionals and community members and strengthening patient-centred care. A common theme was the need to listen to and use lived experience to develop integrated recommendations for policy change and to develop a holistic health approach to NCDs and chronic care.

“Beyond Type 1 is committed to meeting people where they are — regardless of what stage in their diabetes journey they are in, what language they speak, or what type of health insurance or support system they have,” said Deborah Dugan, Beyond Type 1 CEO. “It is vital that everyone, everywhere, has access to the quality health services they need without falling into financial difficulties, and that is what universal health insurance is all about.” We commend WHO and the NCD Alliance for the convening of this group. We are honored to work with other noncommunicable disease thought leaders, nonprofit organizations, healthcare professionals and decision makers to develop more equitable care solutions.”

Panelists included:

  • Mr. Werner Obermeyer, Director of the WHO Office at the UN Headquarters in New York
  • dr Monika Arora, President-elect of the NCD Alliance and Managing Director at HRIDAY
  • Ms. Alison Cox, Director of Policy and Advocacy at NCD Alliance

Elisha Dunn-Georgieu, President and CEO of the Global Health Council, moderated the event.

Ambassador Mr. Brian Wallace (Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations), Ambassador Ms. Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett (Permanent Representative of Guyana to the United Nations) and Ambassador Mr. Mohammad Abdul Muhith (Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations) opened and closed the panel discussion, by providing snapshots of NCD-related actions being taken in each country and how to encourage progress in UHC.

After the first United Nations high-level meeting on universal health coverage in 2019, leaders will meet again in September 2023 to discuss UHC. Taking place immediately after the opening of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly and the SDG Summit, this high-level meeting will provide an opportunity to advance policy and implementation and enable a gradual realization of UHC by promoting equality in UHC health service packages Countries In all countries, the three pillars of finance, quality service and population coverage are taken care of.

Gómez is part of the NCD Diaries Our Views, Our Voices initiative. Read her story Here.

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