IAPO Patient Solidarity Day Film to Launch
24 October 2013
London, United Kingdom
Official Film launch: 6 Days to go until Patient Solidarity Day 2013
On 30 October 2013, patient advocates across Africa will mark Patient Solidarity Day with a call to “improve lives through patient-centred healthcare.” All patients in Africa need to be equipped with the knowledge, information and treatment that will improve and save their lives.
The official Patient Solidarity Day film showcases the importance of this day and what we aim to achieve through uniting together for patient-centred healthcare. Many thanks to our fantastic, hardworking members and partners from around the continent; for their contributions to the film and for their dedication to Patient Solidarity Day 2013.
What is Patient Solidarity Day?
Patient Solidarity Day is an initiative that was conceived by patient advocates in Kenya in 2011 who saw the need to draw attention to patients' rights and build public awareness and support for patient-centred healthcare. Patient Solidarity Day was celebrated in Kenya and Uganda in 2011 and 2012 and is a member-led initiative, supported by the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO). This year we mark the first regional day, with activities taking place in 10 countries across Africa.
For more information and detailed activities and partners involved, visit us online.
Health systems in Africa are under pressure and cannot cope if they continue to focus on diseases rather than patients. Healthcare challenges in Africa are complex and multifaceted, with patients facing problems of:
· Multiple disease burdens and rising prevalence rates of both communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), HIV/AIDS, injuries and trauma.
· Large inequities in the treatment and prevention of diseases, and poor healthcare infrastructure and access.
· Lack of medications to meet patients’ needs.
· Lack of resources, which make even basic patient safety techniques difficult to achieve or needs to be met.
· High prevalence of problematic negative stigma and discrimination.
Patient Solidarity Day will be marked by events in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The day includes collaborations between a number of different partners to highlight the importance of patient-centred healthcare. Patients’ organizations across diseases, including cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell, psoriasis and mental health will come together, along with other stakeholders such as medical professionals, healthcare providers, policy-makers, regulators and community leaders to consider how patient-centred healthcare can improve health outcomes.
Regina Namata Kamoga, IAPO Governing Board Member and Country Manager of CHAIN Uganda, states: “Patient Solidarity Day is a day to come together, unite and speak with one voice. It recognizes that regardless of disease, religion or nationality, we all share common problems. It’s a day to share, and learn best practices for disease prevention and management. It’s a day to show love and care for those in pain and give hope. Patient Solidarity Day brings into focus the need to put the patient at the centre to improve healthcare outcomes. Patient-centred healthcare improves the quality and safety of healthcare services and ultimately improves quality of life.”
Patient-centred healthcare is the most effective way to address current challenges and deliver a healthcare system that will meet the real needs of patients and shape the future of healthcare in Africa. Patients must be recognized as equal partners in their healthcare. Health systems need the involvement of patients who can access treatment and are equipped to manage their conditions and make behavioural changes. These are at the heart of a patient-centred approach.
To support this initiative, help by signing up to the Declaration on Patient-Centred Healthcare online.
Official Patient Solidarity Day partners include the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa, the International Council of Nurses (ICN), African Pharmaceutical Forum, World Medical Association (WMA), International Federation of Medical Students Associations and the International Hospital Federation.
International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO) is a unique global alliance representing patients of all nationalities across all disease areas and promoting patient-centred healthcare around the world. Our members are patients’ organizations working at the international, regional, national and local levels to represent and support patients, their families and carers.
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For more information on Patient Solidarity Day please contact Megan MacGarry, Senior Membership Officer at IAPO: telephone +44 207 250 8280 or email email@example.com.
Posted: October 2013