May 12-13 2014
VM3 (2nd floor) Van Maerlant Bulding, 2, rue Van Maerlant, 1040
Active Citizenship Network (ACN) has decided to dedicate the 8th celebration of the European Patients’ Rights Day 2014 (launched by ACN in 2003) to:
“The role of citizens' organisations in the empowerment of patients with chronic diseases”.
The patient empowerment does have two different but complementary dimensions:
1. Improvement of a person’s capabilities to effectively self-manage his/her chronic disease;
2. Enhancement of patient groups’ capacities to participate efficiently in health policies.
In both cases, citizens’ organisations – which include self-help groups, associations of patients with a chronic disease, networks and umbrella organisations - play an essential role. Patients’ organisations educate and support individual patients and their families, while networks and umbrella organisations contribute to build their capacities to participate in the policy-making.