European Patients Rights Day
The role of civic society and Patients Advocacy Groups for more resilient Health Care Systems. Lessons learned toward a European Health Union.
The XV European Patients’ Rights Day (EPRD) will be celebrated with a virtual event by Active Citizenship Network (ACN) with its traditional format of a big multi-stakeholder conference focused on the importance of the citizen organizations’ engagement and a multisectoral approach to take action on cross-border health threats, actual and future.
The 2021 conference will have a twofold structure, focused on showing and discussing examples of citizen’s engagement in health policies in this particular historical moment: a first day, dedicated to the health challenges faced by non-COVID patients and a second day,focused on the resilience of Healthcare Systems and the national immunization plans.
The conference will provide a civic perspective, putting and recognizing the citizens at the center of health policies, not only as “users or consumers” of health services or “patients” with a specific disease, but rather as active citizens participating in healthcare policymaking as essential stakeholders. This will strengthen our ‘European citizenship’, trying to reduce the gap between citizens and Institutions, by showing also the benefits that the EU could offer to patients.
One of the main objectives of the conference is to gather insights to feed EU initiatives, exchange and discuss different experiences, good practices and more effective solutions – from a civic point of view – in overcoming the challenges of this historical moment for the global health, providing leaders of patient associations and advocacy groups the opportunity to attend an EU debate and keep them up to date about the topic and increasing the society-wide participation and uptake: engage all stakeholders— first of all civil society—to fulfil the ambitions towards a European Health Union.
The closer alignment of patient organisations and experts will strengthen the launched messages and provide a platform for organisations to share best practices and support them in promoting health issues to successfully move forward.