COVID-19, UHC

Protecting Everyone: Integration of Noncommunicable Diseases into Universal Health Coverage in the era of COVID-19

Protecting Everyone: Integration of Noncommunicable Diseases into Universal Health Coverage in the era of COVID-19
Published 11th December 2020
Author NCD Alliance
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Description

This policy research report outlines global progress towards integration of NCDs into UHC benefit packages to date. Through analyses of interviews with experts from Australia, Ethiopia, India, Jordan, Mexico, Philippines, Rwanda and Sweden it brokers knowledge by showcasing country-level examples and explores the role of NCD prevention and care to enhance health security in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It demonstrates that there are tried-and-tested methods to effectively integrate NCDs into UHC at national level in different economic settings, enabling governments to provide care and financial protection to people living with NCDs across the whole population. Such efforts will increase equity and productivity and ensure healthier, more secure populations. Integration of NCDs into UHC as we build back better from the pandemic must be a cornerstone to national and global preparedness for future health threats.

This publication was made possible thanks to the NCD Alliance’s partnership with The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The report was developed by the NCD Alliance and realised through collaboration with eight national NCD Alliances: the Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance, Consortium of Ethiopian NCD Associations, Healthy India Alliance, Healthy Philippines Alliance, Jordan NCD Alliance, Mexico Salud-Hable Coalition, Rwanda NCD Alliance, and Swedish NCD Alliance. Warm thanks to the members of all these alliances for their contributions to the research and write up of this report.