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IAPO calls on WHO Member States to adopt a patient-centred approach in WHO’s Twelfth General Programme of Work
by IAPO at 10:12AM Tuesday 21 May 2013 (News)

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Geneva, Switzerland, 21 May 2013 – The International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO) today urged World Health Organization (WHO) Member States to adopt a patient-centred approach in WHO’s Twelfth General Programme of Work (GPW12). This request was central to an intervention made by Carol Bennett, IAPO Board Member, at the Sixty-sixth session of the WHO World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. The following is taken from IAPO’s statement:
 

“…IAPO is committed to working with WHO towards the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. IAPO commends WHO on developing a comprehensive programme of work with a stated objective of the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health as a fundamental right.

IAPO believes that successful implementation of the GPW12 requires a focus on patient-centred healthcare and patient involvement. IAPO is committed to working with WHO and Member States on:

  • Facilitating engagement between patients’ organizations, civil society organizations and communities with WHO and country authorities to ensure that policies reflect patient and caregiver needs, preferences and capabilities.
  • Developing standards, guidelines and indicators for the implementation of patient-centred healthcare.
  • Collecting models and case studies of best practice on areas including patient involvement.
  • Identifying how to measure and monitor effective participation and engagement for health globally.

The mainstreaming of patient-centred healthcare throughout the GPW12 is critical to successfully addressing the realities - political, economic and social, that underpin global public health. A patient-centred approach encourages the involvement of individual patients who adhere to their treatments, make behavioural changes and self-manage, while ensuring that healthcare systems are designed to meet the holistic needs of patients rather than only focusing on the disease.”

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View IAPO's comments on the GPW12

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Note to Editors:
About IAPO: IAPO is the only global alliance representing patients of all nationalities across all disease areas and promoting patient-centred healthcare worldwide. Our members are patients’ organizations working at the local, national, regional and international levels to represent and support patients, their families and carers. IAPO has over 200 members which span over 60 countries and 60 disease areas and through its membership represents an estimated 365 million patients worldwide.

For further information, please contact:
Mr Jeremiah Mwangi, Policy & External Affairs Director, IAPO
T: +44 20 7250 8280; Email: jeremiah@patientsorganizations.org
Website: www.patientsorganizations.org

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