A Successful 74th United Nations General Assembly and Launch of a GPC Report on Psoriatic Disease & Primary Care

Member states gathered on the 23rd of September to discuss Universal Health Coverage (UHC) during a dedicated UN High-Level Meeting (UN HLM) on the topic. UHC2030 has been asked to prepare the meeting, and in particular to share “evidence and good practices, challenges and lessons learned” with the ultimate goal of delivering harmonized key asks to be adopted by member states in the UHC Political Declaration. For the occasion, the Coalition put together a Psoriasis & Primary Care Report Social Media Toolkit, which is available on the member’s portal, to give the Coalition members a consolidated source of social media messages for use in the run-up to UNGA and the launch of our psoriasis and primary care white paper.

In addition, a UNGA 2019 Briefing Guide provided members with an overview of the High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), with a set of distilled key messages capturing the Coalition’s position on psoriatic disease and UHC, and an overview of all of the ways that the Coalition was engaged alongside UNGA. Finally, the Coalition launched its report on psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis  and primary care entitled “Beyond Gatekeeping: Effective Primary Care Support in the Management of Psoriasis & Psoriatic Arthritis.” The report was launched during a side-event at the Harvard Club hosted in partnership with the NCD Alliance entitled “Envisioning a Health Workforce for the Future: Optimizing NCD Care & Management.” More information and details on the report can be found in the article below! A concept note of the event can be found here. The event marked an unprecedented opportunity for the psoriasis community to bring together key stakeholders interested in advancing the NCD and UHC agendas, and provided significant visibility for psoriatic disease. During the event, panelists called on attendees to view psoriatic disease as a “test-case” for UHC in that it requires complex care coordination and a person-centered approach that emphasizes psychosocial health in addition to disease-focus.

This year’s UNGA was unique for two main reasons. First, the list of heads of states and governments involved in the Assembly went unconfirmed for longer than usual, given the political transitions that took place over the summer and that will continue through October. Second, the Climate Action Summit took place on the 23rd of September, alongside the HLM on UHC. It was expected that environmental determinants of health would be at the core of the debate, making the day an extremely busy one for both the environmental and the health communities. Moreover, access to the  HLM itself, as well as to other official meetings were more restricted than in previous years, making side-events appealing for networking and fruitful discussions.

We are excited to see that the momentum on NCDs continues; opportunities to integrate NCDs and dermatology communities are becoming more pronounced with the launch of the Coalition’s report being an important milestone in raising the visibility of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patients and advocates. 

UHC2030 logo and slogan accompanying the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage that took place on 23 September 2019 in New York

UHC2030 logo and slogan accompanying the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage that took place on 23 September 2019 in New York

Cassie Waters