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Patient Solidarity Day 30 October






On 30 October 2013, patient advocates across Africa marked the first ever regional Patient Solidarity Day
. The day highlighted the need for increased awareness of patients’ rights in the region. All patients need to be equipped with the knowledge, information and treatment that will improve and save their lives. This is of great relevance in Africa given the multitude of complex healthcare faced on the continent.

Patient-centred healthcare means that healthcare is designed to meet the unique needs of people and treats the person, rather than the disease. By calling to “Improve lives through patient-centred healthcare” we are raising awareness of the role of patients’ organizations in creating healthcare systems which meet the needs of the communities they serve and the right of patients to be fully informed to make decisions about their health.

In 10 countries across the continent, Patient Solidarity Day was supported through multiple events in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We are very proud of the hard work our members and partners have put into making this day a success and in highlighting the importance of putting patients’ needs first. A big thank you also goes to all the online support and show of solidarity for sharing our tweets and news.

“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.” Regina Namata Kamoga, IAPO Governing Board Member and Country Manager of CHAIN Uganda.

Why is Patient Solidarity Day important?

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, with patients facing a multitude of issues and burdens. Patient-centred healthcare is the most effective way to address these 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.

Patient-centred healthcare means that patients, their families and communities are viewed and treated as human beings and not diseases, ailments and disabilities. Mary Kariithi, Director, Regional Society for Blood Transfusion Kenya – IAPO Associate Member.

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 IAPO. 2013 marked the start of a regional initiative across Africa.

Read more about Patient Solidarity Day:

The Patient Solidarity Day Toolkit contains template materials as well as strategic and implementation guidance for partners to make use of to implement a successful day.

Previous webinars were held to offer advice and guidance on how to run a successful Patient Solidarity Day. The slides are available here and here.

Patient Solidarity Day 2013 photo winner

Member stories: 

Ruth's Story

Alice's Story

Sign-up to the Declaration on Patient-Centred Healthcare:

Read more in our article about the relevance of patient-centred healthcare in Africa.

If you have any questions please email: psd@patientsorganizations.org

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. We thank all the associate partners who have participated and supported this initiative.

Patient Solidarity Day 2013 Partners:






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