On behalf of the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), a global consortium of 32 organizations supporting disability and development work in more than 150 countries.
IDDC welcomes the UHC declaration and calls decision makers’ attention to the concrete steps to ensure that today’s Declaration, SDG 3.8, and the “leave no one behind” principle becomes a reality for all including the 1 billion persons with disabilities worldwide. Persons with disabilities often encounter barriers to accessing health services, including significant financial barriers and have a 50 per cent higher risk, compared to persons without disabilities, of facing catastrophic healthcare costs.
IDDC calls on decision makers to:
- Ensure the meaningful participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UHC policies and programming.
- Take ambitious steps to increase domestic resource mobilisation for health financing, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations, to prevent impoverishment from out-of- pocket payments.
- Explicitly include disability-specific health, rehabilitation, and assistive devices within all levels of healthcare. For this purpose, support and catalyse innovation, in order to increase accessibility and affordability for those most in need.
- Provide accessible and inclusive information about health coverage systems for all.