Activity ideas for participating in PSD2018

There are many ways to advocate for safe medicines and healthcare for all. We have put together some examples of activities to give you some inspiration. These activities range from raising awareness, campaigning, through to creating opportunities for effectively engaging with key decision-makers in healthcare.

While the actual date of Patient Solidarity Day 2018 is on Friday December 7, any show of support for this initiative on the week commencing on 3 December is highly encouraged. We call on everyone to hold as many activities as possible to support the campaign during the week to build the momentum for the big day.


Let us know your plans!

We love to see what you are doing for the Day, so please do let us know what activities you are planning! Keep us updated on social media by using the #PSD2018 as well as tagging @PatientSolDay on twitter and Iapo Patient Voice on Facebook or by emailing us at or

Here are some examples of activities to celebrate PSD 2018:



  • Hold a workshop, offering opportunities for patients to speak about their own experiences (challenges and solutions) regarding safe medication and healthcare. Share these experiences via short articles with us to promote patient pharmacovigilance stories.
  • Run a cultural event such as a play, theatre, dance or concert with local groups and networks to raise awareness on safe medication and healthcare in creative ways.
  • Hold a march or a walk to raise awareness and promote discussion.
  • Organise a poster competition to engage young people and let them say what safe medication and healthcare means for them. Share these with us to help you promote them.
  • Host a face-to-face seminar or online webinar to discuss a strategy for achieving safe medication and healthcare in your area/country/region. Invite a range of stakeholders to speak on the panel.


  • Develop communications materials on safe medication and healthcare and distribute to members of the public.
  • Organise visits and meetings to local hospitals to meet with patients and health professionals and engage them in the campaign.
  • Draft a strategy to engage a well-known patient and/or celebrity from your region or country to support the campaign or event. Ask them to endorse the day to increase the media and public attention.
  • Create and deliver petitions and letters to decision-makers calling for a commitment to create safer practices for patients in the area/country/region.
  • Create a website or Facebook page to promote a petition and gather online support for a policy intervention aiming to promote safe medication and healthcare in your area/region/country.
  • Send letters to the Ministry of Health in your country, WHO regional offices, health system providers, local clinics and health professional bodies, calling on them to support PSD 2018.
  • Identify opportunities to speak at local community events or meetings where you can raise awareness of patients’ rights, safe medicines and healthcare.


  • Identify and engage with key players linked to healthcare, such as health professionals associations and industry representative bodies who have a strong collective voice in health policy-making
  • Identify policy issues that you can influence and arrange meetings with key decision makers in your country or region.


  • Raise awareness using fliers, posters, stickers or t-shirts among local communities, government, health service providers and any other health professionals.
  • Create a media strategy to spread the word on social media and engage as many people as possible in the campaign.
  • Hold a press conference and ensure that the campaign key messages reach the right audiences.
  • Engage with local/national media about the day and the issues that patient groups face, and how to work together towards the cause.
  • Create a thematic issue for your organization’s newsletter focused on safe medication and healthcare.
  • Create a space on your website where patients can vocalise what safe medication and healthcare means to them.

PSD 2018 Photo Competition for IAPO Members

If you’re organising a Patient Solidarity Day activity, why not enter this year’s competition by uploading your photos from the event and stand a chance to be the Patient Solidarity Day 2019 feature photo?

Apply for the PSD 2018 Photo Competition here