See you at IAPO and The Synergist´s Side Event at WHA77

24 May, 2024

Three days until we meet at the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA77) in Geneva (27 May – 1 June 2024)!

IAPO and The Synergist’s Side Event “Leveraging patient organizations as key partners in the delivery of universal health coverage” is taking place this Monday 27 May 2024, from 18:00 to 20:00 CEST.

Welcome drinks will be served from 18:00 to 18:30 and dinner from 20:00 to 21:00, at the Novotel Genève Centre.

For those attending in person, the Novotel Genève Centre is located at Rue de Zurich 19, 1201, Geneva, Switzerland [,6.1447368,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m9!3m8!1s0x478c6526b3903307:0x50f8f93e9da06082!5m2!4m1!1i2!8m2!3d46.2114025!4d6.1473117!16s%2Fg%2F1vfzd1xl?entry=ttu].

For online attendance, the Side Event will be broadcast from 18:30 CEST via IAPO’s YouTube channel [].

We are also pleased to update you that we have a new speaker confirmed at the event!

Kira Koch, Technical Officer for the Special Programme on Primary Health Care from the World Health Organization, will join us in conversation with the following speakers:

Dani Mothci, CEO, IAPO (moderator)

Amanda Bok, Chief Strategy Officer, The Synergist (moderator)

Justin Koonin, President, ACON & Member, Political Advisory Panel for the UHC Movement

Pamela Cipriano, Steering Committee Co-Chair, UHC2030

Lara Bloom, President and CEO, The Ehlers-Danlos Society

Brian O’Mahony, CEO, Irish Haemophilia Society

Mark Barone, Founder and General Manager, Intersectoral Forum of NCCs/NCDs in Brazil (ForumCCNTs)

Antoine Boivin, Canada Research Chair in Partnership with Patients and Communities, Université de Montréal

Click below to learn about the event and the speakers' biographies.

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Please find below a recap of the event objectives:

Our Side Event seeks to motivate the patient community and other healthcare stakeholders to unite in advancing the patient partnership agenda. By highlighting instances where small-scale changes initiated by patient organizations globally have had significant system-level impacts, we aim to demonstrate the potential for collective action to drive meaningful progress.

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This event also aims to inspire the patient community and other health stakeholders to join forces and garner political endorsement for the draft resolution on social participation for universal health coverage, health and well-being [], thereby augmenting its prospects for adoption by Member States at WHA77.

Speaking about the resolution, UHC2030 [] is coordinating a campaign to showcase countries and leaders championing social participation to inspire others to promote participatory governance in their health systems.

Click here [] to learn more about the UHC2030 campaign on social participation.

We look forward to seeing you at our Side Event, whether in person or online!

Warm regards,


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