Activity ideas for participating in PSD2017

There are many ways to advocate for patient empowerment. 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.


Let us know your plans!

We love to see what our members 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 #PSD2017 or by emailing us.

Please note that while the actual date of Patient Solidarity Day 2017 is on December 2, any show of support for this initiative in the surrounding days and weeks is most welcome. Many IAPO members are holding activities to support the campaign in the week leading up to the Day: any support is great support!

If you’re taking part in a Patient Solidarity Day activity, upload your photos from activities and events to help raise awareness and inspire others. Together, under the theme, ‘Globally Empowered Patients: Power through Knowledge’, we can work to rally around a key tenet of IAPO’s Patient-centred Healthcare Declaration, that patients have the information that allows them to participate as equal partners in health policy-making at all levels.

You can upload your photos using the form below.

PSD2017 Photo Competition



  • Hold a workshop, offering opportunities for patients to speak about their own experiences (challenges and solutions) regarding empowerment.
  • Run a cultural event such as a play, theatre, dance or concert with local groups and networks to address patient empowerment 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 patient empowerment means for them.
  • Host a face-to-face seminar or online webinar to discuss a strategy for achieving patient empowerment in your area/country/region. Invite a range of stakeholders to speak on the panel.



  • Develop communications materials on patient empowerment and distribute to members of the public.
  • Organise visits and meetings in 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 opportunities for patients to be empowered.
  • Create a website or Facebook page to promote a petition and gather online support for a policy intervention aiming to empower patients in your region or 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 2017.
  • Identify opportunities to speak at local community events or meetings where you can raise awareness of patients’ rights and how patients can access the right kinds of knowledge to exercise them.



  • 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 key messages on patient empowerment 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 patient empowerment.
  • Create a space on your website where patients can vocalise what empowerment means to them.