About the event

IAPO’s Asia-Pacific Patients Congress is our regional event which brings together the objectives of the Global Patients to the Asia-Pacific region. The Congress aims to bring together patient experts and health stakeholders including researchers, nurses, health financiers, regulators, health service providers and pharmaceutical industry representatives to map out how we can all harmonise and align our agendas with national health policies and plans on Universal Health Coverage in the region.

The 2020 Congress Programme will reflect on the impact of COVID-19, the ongoing developments and the next steps towards achieving UHC in the region in the midst of COVID-19.


Event themes

  • Impact of COVID-19 on patients and the next steps towards achieving UHC in the region in the midst of COVID-19.
  • Discussions on improving access to healthcare and the role of patient groups in advancing Universal Health Care (UHC) 
  • Capacity building of patient organizations including networking
  • Specific sessions on areas of interest such as patient advocacy, public policy including health economics, stakeholder engagement, regulatory policy including patient-focused drug development, clinical trial participation, patient safety, communications and organizational development such as resource mobilization and volunteering


Congress Programme

The Congress Planning Committee is working to update the final programme for December and will keep you updated. 



The APPC 2020 will be held virtually at APPC2020.vfairs.com

See the Vfairs user guide here for detailed information on how you can navigate through the virtual platform as an attendee. 

Further information

For further information on the APPC 2020, please visit the official event website at apacpatientcongress.org/APPC/

To learn more about becoming a becoming a partner in the regional patient movement by supporting the 2nd Asia Pacific Patients Congress, please contact: info@iapo.org.uk





Past Congresses 

On 13th -14th November 2019, 145 of IAPO's member organizations and stakeholders, representing 25 countries came together in Taipei, Taiwan(R.O.C) to attend our Asia Pacific Patients Congress.

Theme: Harmonisation for Patient-Centred Healthcare Universal Health Coverage in Asia 

Check out the photos from the last Asia Pacific Patients Congress to learn more about why this event should be on your 2020 list.

Read the full report on the 2019 Congress here.