2019 Theme

Theme: Accelerating progress for Safe Patient-Centred Universal Health Coverage

On Friday 6th December 2019, health stakeholders from all over the world will stand together, united in a celebration of Patient Solidarity Day (PSD). This will be the seventh year running that we have joined hands to mark the Day. On PSD 2019, IAPO members, patients, various healthcare organizations, policy-makers, academia, industry and other stakeholders will come together to call for 'Acceleration of Progress for Safe Patient-Centred Universal Health Coverage' to guarantee safe healthcare for all.

This year has been a great year for global health advocacy! There is a global commitment to achieve safe and quality Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Our leaders are on record as having adopted two ambitious and comprehensive commitments:

  • 24th May 2019

The World Health Organization Member States unanimously adopted Resolution 72.6 Global Action on Patient Safety in Geneva to address global patient safety in concerted manner.

  • 23rd September 2019

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Political Declaration of the high-level meeting on universal health coverage in New York strongly recommitting to achieving UHC by 2030 scaling up the global effort to build a healthier world for all.


On PSD2019, we are calling on all leaders to act on the promises they've made in the last year to guarantee safe patient-centred universal health coverage for all.

On PSD2019 patient advocates will raise their voices to share the stories of the millions of people still waiting for health, to call on leaders to make bigger and smarter investments in health, and to remind the world that a safe Health for All is imperative to create the world we want.

PSD2019 continues to be part of IAPO's long term strategy of aimig to position patient safety in the delivery of Universal Health Coverage 2030. We continue to build from our recent World Patient Safety Day when we called for all health stakeholders to speak up for patient safety based on our belief that no one should be harmed while seeking care.

Since IAPO's establishment in 1999, we have been advocating for Patient-Centred healthcare globally. Our 2006 Declaration on Patient-Centred Healthcare continues to endure. Through PSD2019, we continue to advocate increased  patient-centred approachs to break down the barriers to universal health coverage by means of  IAPO's principles on Universal Health Coverage. We believe these principles need to be the core components of health systems and we call on all governments and stakeholders to continue to support and put into practice these principles to ensure affordable, high quality equitable access of UHC for all their citizens.


Join us in calling for our leaders to go beyond promises and implement action to guarrantee for health for all!


Stay tuned for more resources to help you call for safe patient centred universal health coverage.

Related resources 

World Health Organization's Resolution WHA 72.6 Global action on patient safety (May 2019)

Political Declaration of the UN High Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (Sep 2019)

IAPO's Declaration on Patient-Centred Healthcare

IAPO's principles on Universal Health Coverage

PSD 2019 Resources

Activity ideas for participating in PSD2020