In advance of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage on 23 September 2019 which will culminate with the UN Political Resolution on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), ISN has launched a campaign to advance UHC for Kidney Disease.

As part of this policy process, on 29th April, ISN was invited to attend and speak at the UN Interactive Multi-Stakeholder Hearing on UHC convened in preparation for the UNGA. The issue of how to move together to build a healthier world through UHC discussed by representatives of national governments and the WHO, as well as stakeholders from the health civil society, including ISN. At the meeting, ISN stressed the need to ensure that member states design UHC with the specific needs of kidney disease and other NCDs in mind, i.e. financial protection, comprehensive and integrated services, improved focus on early prevention and a health in all policies approach. Read ISN's statement at the Hearing.

Key asks

  • Advance financial protection (e.g. development of innovative public and/or private funding and increased efforts towards affordable and equitable treatment)
  • Develop andstrengthen comprehensive and integrated healthcare services (e.g. continuum of care that spans from health promotion and prevention to screening, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care as well as implementation of management programs which address co-morbidities)
  • Improved focus on early prevention (e.g.Population-based approaches and implementation of WHO Best Buys: including screening of at-risk populations, universal access to essential diagnostics, increased use of generics, availability of affordable basic technologies & essential medicines and task shifting from doctors to front-line healthcare workers.
  • Implement whole of government, whole of society, health in every policy (e.g.Multisectoral actions involving the elaboration of high-level policies across the environmental, agriculture, finance, trade, transport, urban planning, education, and sport departments)


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