The #PeopleBehindtheNumbers

When she was 10 years old, Siofra was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and then coeliac disease. But, coming from a rural region in Ireland, Siofra had to travel hours at a time to access the medical technologies and specialist care she needed – meaning time off school, and time out of work for her parents. Siofra is not alone; in the EU, approximately 26% of people self-report unmet needs for specialised healthcare, due to financial reasons, waiting lists, or transport and distance (Eurostat); with a huge burden on people’s lives and health.

No one living with diabetes and other NCDs should have to sacrifice their education to access the healthcare they need. How can we strengthen healthcare systems and reduce inequalities to make care fairer, for all? Watch Siofra’s story, together with a message from IDF Europe, on how person-centred care must be the future for equitable access to NCD care, in Europe.

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