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The International Alliance of Patients’ Organisations

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 07 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3485
  1. Jane Cassidy, freelance journalist
  1. janecassi2{at}

What is it?

The International Alliance of Patients’ Organisations (IAPO) bills itself as the only global organisation promoting patient centred healthcare around the world and representing patients of all nationalities across all disease areas. The alliance headquarters is in London, and more than 200 members span more than 50 countries, encompassing an estimated 365 million patients, their families, and carers.

IAPO’s recent campaigning has included a call for patients to set the agenda on non-communicable and chronic diseases, made at a side meeting to the WHO World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland in May. The meeting was hosted by IAPO and two member patient groups—Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), and the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF)—and members urged a stronger role for patient advocates in the design and delivery …

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