9th Global Patients Congress 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the best interest of participants, we made the difficult but inevitable decision to postpone the 9th Global Patients Congress to a virtual event on 16 -17 September 2020, under the theme of 'Co-creation in Innovative Healthcare during COVID-19'.

The re-imagined 9th Global Patients Congress (GPC 2020) was a moment to reflect on the defining health crisis of COVID-19 and its impact on the global patient community. The Congress was an opportunity for focused conversation on the next steps in health system strengthening and preparedness through patient led and co-created innovative solutions in 2020 and beyond. 


Day 2 of GPC coincided with  the World Patient Safety Day, whose theme is 'Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety', the day's programme highlighted the theme so aptly underscored by the COVID-19 pandemic that without health worker safety, there can be no patient safety.


Read the GPC 2020 Report

A special milestone - IAPO at 21 

GPC 2020 was also a moment to mark IAPO’s 21st Anniversary. IAPO was formed 21 years ago with the vision of ensuring patients are at the centre of healthcare throughout the world. At the 9th Global Patients Congress, we have come of age.  We are an optimistic, confident and a well-informed global patients' movement that is integrated into the global healthcare policy and decision making infrastructure. 



About the Congress 

The Congress is our flagship event where we bring together our global membership with a variety of high-level health care stakeholders to discuss important issues for patients worldwide.

Congress brings together around 200 patient advocates from across the world. Organizations of all sizes share best practice, gain insight into pressing healthcare issues and meet with others passionate about patient-centered healthcare.

Delegates representing dozens of causes unite to strengthen the global patient voice and improve the lives of patients worldwide. They:

  • Meet others in the healthcare field
  • Create national and regional networks
  • Share expertise and speak out on behalf of the patients
  • Learn from leading healthcare experts
  • Discuss the changing healthcare climate


Past Congresses 

The 2018 Global Patients Congress was held on 24 - 26 May 2018 at the Marriott Dadeland Hotel in Miami, Florida USA.

Theme: Globally Empowered Patients. Building the Momentum.

122 delegates from 30 countries came together to discuss how we continue building the momentum.

Building on the success of Patient Solidarity Day 2017, the Global Patient Congress 2018 represented an ideal venue in which the patient community was be able to discuss avenues to patient empowerment such as:

  • Knowing your expertise
  • Knowing your rights
  • Knowing your network
  • Knowing your support
  • Knowing your windows of opportunity

Check out photos and videos from the last Global Patients Congress to learn more about why this event should be on your 2020 list. Read the full report on the 2018 Congress here.




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