Universal health coverage

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) ensures all people, everywhere, can access quality health services with financial protection and are not pushed into poverty by healthcare costs.

All UN Member States have agreed to work to achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

In 2019, countries adopted the UN Political Declaration on UHC. Thanks to advocacy from the rare disease community, the Declaration includes rare diseases. It commits all governments to strengthen efforts to address rare diseases in their plans to achieve UHC.

WHO’s top priority is to support countries on the path towards universal health coverage. This includes access to diagnosis and treatment for people who suffer from rare diseases.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Rare Disease Day Statement, February 2018.

Over several years RDI has led a number of actions, culminating in the inclusion of rare diseases in the UN Political Declaration. In December 2019, RDI joined the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism of UHC2030, a body founded by the World Bank and the World Health Organisation to advance equitable UHC policies and action.

We also offer rare disease patient groups tools and resources to advocate for the implementation of national and international UHC policies that address rare diseases.

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