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About the event

IAPO’s Asia-Pacific Patients Congress is our 2019 regional event which will bring together the patient movement in 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 in Taiwan 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.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is high on the global health agenda and this past year has seen several global mobilising moments and calls to action. Yet progress to date has been slow and mixed; many low- and middle-income countries are not on track to meet their commitments to the UHC2030 agenda, according to a recent World Bank report.

This congress is therefore an opportunity for all of us to take stock of progress, acknowledge challenges, and reflect on the road ahead. Please join us as we come together to ensure that there is sufficient availability of promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative healthcare services and medicines that meet the international guidelines and standards of quality, safety, accessibility, acceptability and affordability in the Asia-Pacific region.

It is also an opportunity for IAPO to promote its mission to help build patient-centered healthcare across the region and to encourage the formation of national alliances of patient groups.

The Congress is organized by IAPO and co-delivered by its regional members the Psoriasis Association of Taiwan (PAT) and the Taiwan Alliance of Patient Organizations (TAPO).

 

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Event themes

  • Discussions on improving access to healthcare and the role of patient groups in advancing Universal Health Care (UHC) and the introduction of HTA into healthcare systems
  • 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

 

Programme

(Please note that the programme is subject to change, and will be updated continuously up to the congress.)

DAY 1 - Wednesday 13 November 2019

7am-8am

 

BREAKFAST

8am-8.30am

 

Registrations 

8.30am-8.50am

Introduction and opening remarks

Kawaldip Sehmi, CEO IAPO

Dr Ratna Devi, Chair IAPO

Ya Hsin Wang, Board Member IAPO

8.50am-9.10am

 

Keynote Speech: Evolving Role of Patients in Healthcare Ecosystems 

Shih-Chung Chen, Minister of Health and Welfare, Taiwan

9.10am-10:30am

Opening plenary: Universal Health Coverage as a driver of equity, inclusive growth and regional prosperity from the lens of healthcare financing

Moderator:Prof ChiliangYang, Taiwan Alliance of Patient Organisations 

Speakers:

Dr. Ratna Devi, IAPO & DakshamA Health

Ya Hsin Wang, IAPO & Taiwan Alliance of Patient Organisations 

Prof. Ming-Chin Yang, Institute of Health Policy and Management,College of public health, National Taiwan University

Dr. Pisut Chunchongkolkul, Ministry of Public Health,Thailand

10.30am-11.20am 

Patient Involvement in Health Technology Assessment

Speaker: Prof. Ann Single -Chair Patient and Citizen Involvement interest group

Discussant: Prof. Jasmine Pwu, co-chair of HTAi  & Director of National Hepatitis C program office, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan

11.20am-11.30am

COFFEE BREAK

 

11.30am-12.40pm

 

Panel Discssion: Patient advocacy in Asia: Where is it now and where is it going?

Moderator: Neda Milevska IAPO & Studiorum

Speakers: 

Karen Villanueva- Board member, IAPO & Philippine Alliance of Patients Organizations 

Won-young Jang, Korea Blood Disease and Cancer Association.

Dr. Mahen Wijesuriya- Sri Lanka NCD Alliance

Shinsuke Amano – Japan Federation of Cancer Patient Groups

12.40pm-1.30pm

 

LUNCH

1.30pm-2.30pm

 

Breakout Sessions

Disruptive technologies in Asia-Pacific Universal Health Coverage(UHC) 

Can the Asia-Pacific Region transform global UHC models through innovative disruptive technologies?

2.30pm-3.30pm

HTA and Health Economics 

Patient role in HTA and Health Economics: Are we missing ‘economic consideration’ of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) and Patient Reported Experience (PREMs)

3.30pm-4pm

 

COFFEE BREAK & EXHIBITION

4pm-5pm

 

Public Policy

Role of patients in extending UHC in covering new populations, introducing innovative services and reducing out-of-pocket expenses

5pm-6pm

Patient engagement in research, regulation and UHC economics in the region

6pm-6.30pm

Discussions on Asia-Pacific regional survey: Patient perceptions on access   

Feedback and Takeaways

7pm-10pm

 

DINNER & FELLOWSHIP NIGHT

 

DAY 2 Thursday, 14 November 2019

6:30am-8am

 

TAI CHI/ BREAKFAST

8:15am-9.15am

 

IAPO Annual General Meeting  

9.15am-9.20am

Recap of Day 1 and Agenda Day 2

9.20am-10:30am

Opening plenary: IAPO Strategy and Plans for the Region 

Moderator:Kawaldip Sehmi, IAPO

Speakers:

Dr. Ratna Devi, IAPO & DakshamA Health

Neda Milevska-Kostova, IAPO & Centre for Regional Policy Research and Cooperation “Studiorum”

Ellos Lodzeni, IAPO & Patient and Community Welfare Foundation of Malawi

10.30am-11.00am COFFEE BREAK

11.00am-12.30pm

 

Plenary Session: Patient Engagement in UHC Innovation 

12.30pm-1.30pm

 

LUNCH

1.30pm-2.30pm

 

Breakout Sessions

In-depth case studies on patient led UHC best practices

Patient advocacy and the Universal Health Care Law - Fatima Lorenzo, President, Philippine Alliance of Patients' Organisations

Patient Shouting Cafes - Gi-jong An, President, Korea Alliance of Patients’ Organizations

Self-Care in Type 1 Diabetes and impact upon UHC –opportunities and challenges, Dr. Apoorva Gomber

2.30pm-3pm

 

COFFEE BREAK & EXHIBITION

3pm-4pm

 

Communications and Patient Advocacy in UHC 

The choice of message, messenger and medium: Who and how do we tell our story, and how do we tell it well?

Fundraising and Investment

Patient organizations striking a balance between investing in service delivery and patient support, and policy advocacy and development- what should we raise money for and invest in?

 

4pm-5pm

Patient Safety - Way forward post World Patient Safety 

Speakers:

Ellos Lodzeni, IAPO & Patient and Community Welfare Foundation of Malawi

Fatima Lorenzo, Philippine Alliance of Patients' Organisations 

Kawaldip Sehmi, IAPO

 

NETWORKING

5pm-6pm

Close of Day 2

PLENARY CLOSING CEREMONY

 

 

Venue and Accommodation

Our Congress is planned in the amazing island nation of Taiwan nestled in the middle of the ocean off the coast of Mainland China. It is so unique because of its history and a number of unique cultural factors.

The event will be held at the Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel, No 12, Sec 1, Zhongxiao East Road, Zhongzheng District Taipei City, Taiwan 10049.

IAPO has reserved a block of rooms under the name International Alliance of Patients' Organizations for all delegates to be accommodated at the Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel at a special discounted rate.

Please note that delegates are responsible for their own hotel reservations and that after 5th November, the special rate will not apply and reservations will be considerably more expensive and subject to availability since our meeting time is in the peak season.

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