Why become a member?

Explore some of the many benefits of becoming an IAPO member.

IAPO members at Congress 2014  

"Our organization has benefited immensely from being an IAPO Member with lots of new skills, and lots of networking opportunities that have come our way through our membership of IAPO. One of the major funding we received in 2019-2020 came from a partner we met through a meeting held during the 8th Global Patients Congress in Miami. So I take seriously our membership and hope to continue contributing positively to the growth and progress of IAPO."

Danjuma K. Adda (MPH; FIMS; Dip-IMS), Executive Director/Founder CFID/CCT Taraba & President-elect, World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA); Senior New Voices Fellow, ASPEN Institute; and National Coordinator Civil Society Network on Viral Hepatitis, Nigeria


By joining IAPO, your organization will be able to:

Influence global healthcare policies 

IAPO is in official relations with the World Health Organization which means that members can access and follow the discussions and developments at a global level. Every year IAPO invites different Members to represent the IAPO network at high level meetings. Through IAPO’s status with WHO, you will have the opportunity to help shape global and regional healthcare policy through consultations and projects, and contribute your skills and knowledge to WHO-led projects and activities.


Amplify your voice

Through a series of advocacy and awareness-raising campaigns you will have the opportunity to add your voice to the patient movement to ensure that patients are heard. Every December, IAPO holds Patient Solidarity Day, which unites patient advocates globally around an advocacy theme. Through campaigns such as this you will have the opportunity to see the strength of your voice in numbers.


Collaborate and grow your network

The strength of the IAPO network is in its Members. Through IAPO you will have access to many different opportunities to engage with like-minded advocates and to secure support for your work from other organizations across your region and globally. Every member receives complementary entry to IAPO’s Global Patients Congress, which is a unique opportunity to build the network around your organization.​


Be part of innovative patient-led research

Getting patients into research in a patient-centred approach is a key priority for IAPO. By contributing your knowledge, experiences and perspectives to the research programmes in which IAPO is involved,  you will be able to add your own expertise to projects to ensure patients are at the heart of the research process, from planning to execution.  ​


Build your team's capacity

Strong advocates need to have the skills and knowledge to fight for patient rights. With IAPO membership, you will have access to a range of resources that help you to build your advocacy work. Through workshops, toolkits, webinars and policy briefings you will be able to build up your team’s toolbox of skills to ensure that you can advocate with success.