Posted by: ihfgeneva | April 30, 2014


IAPO The International Hospital Federation was invited by the International Alliance of Patients Organization to attend their 6th Global Patients Congress, which was held 29-31 March 2014, at the Macdonald Berystede Hotel, in Ascot, United Kingdom. Sharing the same engagement towards patients centered care, the IHF and IAPO have started to collaborate formally trough a Memorandum of Understanding since 2012. In 2013 the IHF has developed a survey on “formal involvement of patients in hospitals” and this has been sent to both IHF and IAPO m   embers. The theme of the IAPO Congress was “Better access to better health: a patient-centered approach to Universal Health coverage”. During the two days of the conference, sessions were organized under three major streams: equity, quality and financing. IHF was also be involved in the scientific committee and was invited to be a supporting organization of the IAPO Global Patients Congress. During the first Plenary Session, held on Sunday, 30 March, the theme of the Congress was introduced and the key note speaker, Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer at the UK Government presented the situation of access healthcare in the country and the role of patient’s engagement at both local and global level to achieve patients-centered care. The sessions of the two days congress allowed high level exchange and raised the core problems and limitations for patient-centered care towards a universal coverage, namely economic, political, institutional, educational, financial, social and cultural obstacles. Some 170 delegates from 48 Countries who attended the event, had the opportunity to share knowledge and best practices on patient-centered care as well to raise important questions to move forward on the need of patient involvement. The last Plenary Session was dedicated to final considerations towards universal health coverage. Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director General, Health Systems and Innovation at the World Health Organization, underlined that there is need to a multi-stakeholder to define and achieve universal health coverage.


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