EPF Autumn Regional Advocacy Seminar 2011 - Bucharest
The fourth EPF Autumn Regional Advocacy Seminar, organised in cooperation with the Coalition of Patients’ Organisations with Chronic Diseases in Romania (COPAC), member of EPF, took place in Bucharest, Romania on 27-28 October 2011.
The purpose of the EPF 4th Regional Advocacy Seminar was to strengthen trust and mutual understanding between patient and health professional organisations in order to foster their cooperation in the national health policy arena. Approximately 60 representatives of patients’ and health professionals’ organisations (general practitioners, specialist doctors, nurses, and pharmacists) from Bulgaria, Romania, Estonia and Hungary attended this event.
We were particular pleased to welcome the Romanian Secretary of State for Health Mr. Cristian Irimie, Mr. Cristian Silviu Busoi, Member of the European Parliament, and Mrs. Nathalie Chaze from the European Commission, DG SANCO.
During the two days the participants had the opportunity to build up new partnerships and explore new possibilities for enhancing patient-professional cooperation, especially in national health policy-making, while learning more about some major recent European health policy developments and understanding how to get involved and cooperate in the transposition and implementation of such policies.
The first day of the Seminar was dedicated to highlighting the importance of strengthening the cooperation between patient and health professional organisations as a way to foster better health policy and health outcomes at both European and national level. Various examples of good practice drawn from both the European and national levels were showcased and existing challenges and barriers were also highlighted and thoroughly discussed. In the second part of the day the participants had the opportunity to explore in more depth how to advance patient-professional cooperation in areas such as Health Technology Assessment, eHealth, Health literacy, as well as in the context of the implementation and transposition of the Cross-border Healthcare and Pharmacovigilance Directives.
During the second day the participants had the opportunity to work in national working groups in order to try to develop short-medium term strategies and action plans for furthering patient-professional cooperation around some of the key health policy priorities in each of the four countries concerned.
EPF is extremely satisfied with the outcomes of this seminar. Although it was the fourth time that EPF organised a regional advocacy seminar, this was the very first opportunity for us to bring together patient and professional leaders from four different countries with the objective of reinforcing mutual dialogue and collaboration in health policy-making.
EPF would like to acknowledge the contribution of the following organisations which supported us in the organisation and delivery of this Seminar: the Coalition of Patients’ Organisations with Chronic Diseases in Romania, the European Federation of Nurses Associations, the EuroPharm Forum, the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union, the Bulgarian National Patient Organisation, the Hungarian Osteoporosis Patient Association, the Estonian Chamber of Disabled People, the Confederation Health Protection of Bulgaria, and the Catalan Agency for Health Information, Assessment and Quality.
EPF would also like to acknowledge the kind support of the Medtronic Foundation and Sanofi in the form of unrestricted grants.