Activity ideas for participating in PSD2019

What are the key messages to get across?

There is one overriding one: that urgent action is needed on accelerating progress for a safe patient-centred universal health coverage, that the promises are great but we now need to see action in implementing the committments made.

There are many ways to advocate for accelerating of progress for a safe patient-centred universal health coverage. 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 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 #PSD2019 as well as tagging @PatientSolDay and IAPOvoice on twitter and Iapo Patient Voice on Facebook or by emailing us at rachel@iapo.org.uk

Here are some examples of activities to celebrate PSD 2019:

 

Events

  • Hold a workshop, offering opportunities for patients to speak about their own experiences (challenges and solutions) regarding accelerating progress for a safe patient-centred universal health coverage. Share these experiences via short articles with us to promote patient stories in the delivery of safe UHC.
  • Run a cultural event such as a play, theatre, dance or concert with local groups and networks to raise awareness on accelerating progress for a safe patient-centred universal health coverage in creative ways.
  • Hold a march or a walk to raise awareness and promote discussion.
  • Host a face-to-face seminar or online webinar to discuss a strategy for accelerating progress for a safe patient-centred universal health coverage in your area/country/region. Invite a range of stakeholders to speak on the panel.
 

Campaigning

  • Develop communications materials on accelerating progress for a safe patient-centred universal health coverageand distribute to members of the public.
  • 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 them to implement the committments they have made 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 accelerating progress for a safe patient-centred universal health coverage 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 2019.
  • Identify opportunities to speak at local community events or meetings where you can raise awareness of patients’ rights and why we all need to advocate for accelerating progress for a safe patient-centred universal health coverage.
 

Lobbying

  • 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 in accelerating progress for a safe patient-centred universal health coveragethat you can influence and arrange meetings with key decision makers in your country or region.
 

Communications

  • 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.