WHO renews official relations status with IAPO

Monday, 22 February 2016

We are very pleased to announce that the World Health Organization has renewed its official relations status with IAPO.

The oversight committee discussed our status as part of a regular review of NGOs that happens every three years. IAPO has been involved in several areas including the Framework for Engagement with non-State Actors, and highlighting how health is integrated within, and fundamental to, the success of every Sustainable Development Goal.

We are already keeping an eye on the agenda for the World Health Assembly in May too. The meeting will discuss reports on access to essential medicines and on biotherapeutics (which include biologics and biosimilars), both crucial issues for patients and patients groups worldwide.

Your questions around emergency health

Following the World Health Organization’s Executive Board meeting at the end of January, discussions are continuing around key issues such as the impact and repercussions of Ebola, and the emerging threat of the Zika virus. Conversations are continuing between countries about how they will put into practice and monitor the sustainable development goals too.

We welcome your input and feedback about the impact of emergency health concerns, like Ebola and the Zika virus, to your patient community and work. Any examples you have can help us when we advocate regionally and globally about the need for greater patient involvement at all levels, including responding to and preventing future crises by strengthening health systems and improving health literacy.

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