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Universal Health Coverage

For the second series, we are seeking to support and promote NCD Diaries that center on the theme of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Through their Diaries, the lived experience advocates will have the opportunity to convey what health systems for all means to them based on their own experience of or in caring for someone living with one or multiple NCDs.

This second NCD Diaries series will run from September through December 2021.​ Please read the Selection Criteria and Process below for more details before submitting your Expression of Interest.

Please note that the Expression of Interest form is only open to people with lived experiences affiliated to/involved with NCD Alliance members, including national and regional NCD alliances.

For the second series, we are seeking to support and promote NCD Diaries that center on the theme of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). UHC is firmly rooted in the belief that the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health is a fundamental human right, and that all people should have access to quality essential health services without incurring financial hardship. For UHC to be achieved, governments must ensure that access to health services is equitable, which means the entire population is covered and not only those who can afford them and that the cost of care does not put people at risk of catastrophic out-of-pocket expenditure.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the need for more resilient health systems globally, and increase focus on UHC to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to quality and affordable health services. It has also shown noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) to be the weak link in health systems worldwide. Despite NCDs leading to 41 million deaths globally per year, many countries are still underinvesting in people-centred NCD care, and failing to integrate NCDs into UHC efforts.

The focus of this series of the NCD Diaries on UHC comes at a critical time. The chronic nature of NCDs often requires long-term care and treatment and diverting of much-needed resources in low-income households. Each country must shape its UHC response to fit the needs of its people, taking into account the views and experiences of people living with health conditions such as NCDs, including care partners.

We hope to engage NCD Diarists to convey what health systems for all means to them based on their own experience of or in caring for someone living with one or multiple NCDs. Given that achievement of UHC varies across countries, we would like the NCD Diaries to reflect on personal experiences regarding affordability of NCD healthcare around the world (both positive aspects as well as challenges) as well as related advocacy efforts.

The final publication date of this series will coincide with this year’s UHC Day, 12 December 2021, for which the theme is ‘Leave No One’s Health Behind: Invest in Health Systems for All’.​ We encourage individuals from all backgrounds and global regions, with experience of living with a range of NCDs and affiliation to the NCD Alliance membership to apply to this series. Amplifying the voices of and meaningfully involving people living with NCDs is the only way to truly drive significant and lasting change within our health systems.

Selection Criteria

Motivation for becoming an NCD Diarist

Statements of motivation should align well with the objectives of the NCD Diaries – providing compelling documentation of lived experiences, as well as recommendations/calls to action to strengthen the NCD response, and inspiring other people living with NCDs to share their stories.

Creativity of the NCD Diaries concept

The NCD Diaries uses in-depth, audio-visually rich and immersive approaches to share lived experiences to drive change. Applicants will be encouraged to share their two preferred Diary formats and their most creative ideas on creating their Diaries in compelling and engaging way. Prior experience of communications campaign and social media/media activities is a bonus. The NCD Diaries Practical Guide and published NCD Diaries are available as a reference.

Relevance to thematic focus of the NCD Diaries series

Applicants will be encouraged to demonstrate alignment of their NCD Diary concept with the thematic focus of the NCD Diaries series and a clear reflection of their local context.

NCD advocacy experience

Demonstrated experience in advocacy, campaigning on NCDs, and activities relevant to the ​Our Views, Our Voices​ initiative.


We would like Diarists to be as representative as possible of a broad range of factors, including age, gender, NCD condition, geographic location, etc.

Time commitment

Following selection, Diarists will be involved with the NCD Diaries project over a span of three months, which will include onboarding and training; content creation and publication; and promotion efforts aligned with advocacy and communications opportunities. We would encourage the Diarists to be committed for the entire duration of the NCD Diaries series.


Time Commitment for Diarists

Following selection​, the NCD Diarists’ involvement as part of Series Two will span three months (mid-September – mid-December 2021).

Diarist onboarding​ over two weeks, which involves introductory online training sessions by NCD Alliance and external trainers. These sessions will cover a range of information, including the NCD Diaries process itself, the theme for the series (UHC), guidance on each Diary format, how best to craft your stories and convey your advocacy messages in the most impactful way. During this stage, Diarists will also develop a personal Diary plan. (mid-end September TBC) As the NCD Diaries is a digital project, Diarists will receive personal login information for the NCD Diaries microsite, which will be used for communications with NCD Alliance, uploading and review of content and final submission of Diary entries.

Creating NCD Diaries​ over the course of three months (mid-September – mid-December 2021).

  • Text format:​ three separate written entries of 300-400 words in length. One written entry will be published per month: October, November and December.

  • Visual format:​ capturing five images with accompanying captions of 50-70 words that will comprise a photo essay (5 entries total), over a span of three months. Through this format, you will publish all 5 entries (images) together in mid-December.
    *Note: kindly ensure that you are prepared to take your own photographs with a phone, camera, or other device during the course of the series.

  • Audio format:​ three separate podcast entries (episodes) of 10-15 minutes in length. One podcast episode or ‘entry’ will be published per month: October, November, and December.
    *Note: time commitment for this format includes the creation of a script to finalise content for each episode prior to recording.

Promotion of NCD Diaries​ after project completion (January 2022 onwards for visual, audio and text formats).

Attend a wrap-up reflection session​ and participate in an evaluation process (6 January 2022 TBC).


Expressing your interest in becoming a Diarist

If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please use the form below to ​submit your expression of interest by 25 August 2021​.


Selection Process

Expressions of interest will be evaluated by a review panel. All individuals who express interest in the NCD Diaries will be contacted directly regarding the outcome of the process.

The experience of living with multiple chronic conditions

The first series of the NCD Diaries project illustrates the realities and experiences of living with multiple chronic conditions; that is, either two or more NCDs, or NCDs and an infectious disease (e.g. HIV, TB, COVID-19, etc.).

View NCD Diaries series 1

Thank you for considering this opportunity to share your lived experience and call for action in the global, regional, and national NCD response.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the NCD Alliance at [email protected]


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