To help you advocate for ‘Safe medication and Healthcare for All’ on Patient Solidarity Day 2018, we have gathered useful online resources available on click.

We’re always looking for more content to add, so if you have a piece you would like on this page, please share it with us by emailing dani@iapo.org.uk.

 

- International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO)

We work with our members, partners and other organizations to monitor and respond to key patient issues around the world, such as Patient safety. We have created two key documents on the topic: Patient Safety Toolkit and Policy Briefing #5 - Patient Safety.

 

- World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. WHO’s Health Topic – Patient Safety page includes, among others, policies and strategies, publications, and information on the Medication Without Harm Challenge and the Patients for Patient Safety Programme.

 

- Declaration of Astana

Adopted in 2018 by Heads of State and Government, ministers and representatives of States and Governments, the Declaration of Astana reaffirmed the commitments expressed in the Declaration of Alma-Ata of 1978 and goes a step further in affirming that primary healthcare and health services need to be of “high quality, safe, comprehensive, integrated, accessible, available and affordable for everyone and everywhere, provided with compassion, respect and dignity by health professionals who are well-trained, skilled, motivated and committed”.

 

- Fight the Fakes Campaign

Fight the Fakes is a campaign that aims to raise awareness about the dangers of fake medicines. On their website, they offer various resources organized by audiences (Government and Policy Makers, Healthcare Professionals, Media and Patients), real stories related to fake medicines, and infographics and videos that can be easily shared via email and social media.

 

- Medicines We Can Trust Campaign

Launched at the 71st World Health Assembly, the Medicines We Can Trust Campaign advocates for the right to safe and quality medicines. They have created social media tweets to help everyone spread the word and offer ideas of getting involved in the campaign. They have also put together news articles showcasing the scope and impact of medicine quality. Lastly they are calling on partners to sign on to the Oxford Statement and commit to common goals and actions in the fight against poor-quality medicines.

 

- Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacy (ASOP)

ASOP is dedicated to protecting consumers around the world by ensuring safe access to medications and combating illegal online drug sellers. In addition to a search tool to help consumers find safe online pharmacies, their website has many materials on the topic such as fact sheets, brochures, podcasts and infographics.

 

- European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines (EAASM)

Although targeted for a European audience, EAASM resources are generally useful to the wider audience. They have a dedicated area of their website on information for patients and counterfeit medicines.  

 

Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)  

CPSI's website offers a varied set of tools & resources, such as the 5 questions to ask about your medications; a guide on how to engage patients in patient safety or the patient safety bundle for CEOs/Seniors Leaders. These are just few examples of the very extensive list of resources available.