30 October 2013
On 30 October 2013, patients in countries across Africa will come together to mark the first ever regional Patient Solidarity Day.
Patient Solidarity Day forms part of the International Alliance of Patients’ Organization’s (IAPO) Regional Strategy in Africa; to create regional networks, develop the capacity of patients’ organizations and facilitate regional networks of patients’ organizations to communicate a unified voice on shared agendas.
Patient Solidarity Day was created by a patients’ organization in Kenya in 2011, calling for patient-centred healthcare regardless of illness. IAPO’s steering committee of IAPO member representatives in the region has developed the initiative to be region-wide. This year brings the opportunity to create impact across Africa by marking Patient Solidarity Day as a regional event, building on its opportunities to increase awareness, collaboration and support for patient-centred healthcare in the region. IAPO members in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe will mark the day with events, activities, marches, press conferences and a call to action. Patient Solidarity Day will call on all Ministers of Health and all healthcare stakeholders to “Improve lives through patient-centred healthcare."
The International Diabetes Federation is an official partner of the Patient Solidatiry Day 2013.For more information, click here.