Making a bigger splash!
- Hold a march around your local area to raise awareness and promote discussion on how to strengthen patients’ organizations and work towards universal health coverage. Doing something simple, like wearing the same colour t-shirts or handing out flyers about the issue are simple ways to create a splash and raise awareness. Get your networks, members or community groups involved!
- Run a cultural event such as hosting a play, theatre, dance or concert with your local groups and networks. Bringing people together to talk about the main issues of Patient Solidarity Day is an important step in raising awareness. Most importantly, have fun!
- Distribute flyers on the key issues and themes of Patient Solidarity Day. Use the IAPO Declaration on Patient-Centred Healthcare and the Universal Health Coverage principles as key resources and information for your networks. Distribute these to your local communities, government, health service providers and any other health professionals to engage them and raise awareness. Links to these resources will be uploaded soon.
Find a champion!
- Get a champion to support your cause and highlight your activities! Getting a famous person, well known patient or celebrity from your region or country would help to bring increased media and public attention to your event and to Patient Solidarity Day. Attract someone well known to support your event or endorse the Day, helping to highlight the key messages and theme.
Make it personal
- Develop your own messages based on the theme, and make the core Patient Solidarity Day issues of increased access and a need for patient-centred healthcare directly linked to your specific context and country issues. This makes it more appealing and appropriate to your local public, audiences and the media. Include examples from your country about why these issues are important and should be highlighted.
Health in the community
- Hold behavioural change and/ or health literacy workshops: engage with communities about prevention methods, healthy lifestyles, awareness of conditions and patient organizations support opportunities.
- Offer free health screenings for your local communities in need, giving information on conditions, prevention, health literacy information, screening for conditions and other health or condition related information and support.
- Visit your local hospital to meet with patients and health professionals and discuss the importance of patient-centred healthcare with them. Use this as an important way of discussing the issues and hearing what is important to them, and show solidarity with their concerns.