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

IAPO members at Congress 2014


IAPO is a unique global alliance promoting patient-centred healthcare worldwide. With 300 members, spanning over 71 countries and 52 conditions, our vision is to see patients at the centre of healthcare. We are committed to ensuring that patients play an active role in decision-making processes and we do this by forming a variety of cross-sector collaborations and alliances.

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. With 265 member organizations from over 70 countries, representing 50 condition areas, 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 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.


Where to next

  • Find out more about the criteria for membership, and how to join.
  • See our Member Journeys page to discover some of the successes of our Members’ work.
  • If you have questions, please get in touch.