Half of the world’s population still cannot access essential health services. Millions are pushed into extreme poverty every year by healthcare costs. Poor people and communities in all countries are consistently left behind by health systems.
It’s time for this to change. The moment for caring is now.
We are pleased to announce that in 2023 the Global Week for Action on NCDs will centre on the theme of ‘Bridging the Care Gap’.
We aim to catalyse fair and effective solutions to support every person, every family and every community affected by NCDs in accessing care and treatment. This year’s Global Week for Action care theme is especially relevant as we approach the second United Nations High-Level Meeting (UN HLM) on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in September 2023. The Global Week will take place from 14 to 21 September, finalising on the day of the UN HLM. We are reaching out to you to join us in calling on decision makers to fulfil their commitments and ensure that everyone has access to healthcare, regardless of their ability to pay, by 2030.
It’s time for Universal Health Coverage to become a reality. It’s time for everyone to enjoy equal access to the best health possible.
This is far from the current reality - in many countries, coverage and access to NCD services is inadequate. Half of adults living with diabetes are undiagnosed and are unable to access the insulin they need; hypertension is only under medical control for one in five people; chronic kidney disease tends to go untreated with up to 90% of cases undiagnosed until lifesaving dialysis or a transplant is needed, and more than 90% of cancer patients in low-income countries lack access to radiotherapy.
People living with NCDs in low- and middle-income countries are far more likely to go without adequate care, and in all countries poor people and communities are most often neglected. It is time to recognise this inequity for what it is: a violation of human rights on a global scale. Find out how you can take action in calling for fair and effective solutions to support every person, every family and every community affected by NCDs and the cost of care and treatment.
The Global Week for Action on NCDs campaign theme was first announced on 23 March at the hybrid event Enabling People’s Right to Health through Universal Health Coverage for People Living with NCDs, co-hosted by the NCD Alliance, the Permanent Mission of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Rwanda, the World Health Organization, and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.