PHILIPPINE ALLIANCE OF PATIENT ORGANIZATIONS (PAPO)
The Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations (PAPO) is a coalition of patient organizations advocating for universal access to health care and allied services for Filipino patients, including persons with disabilities (PWDs). PAPO aims to serve as a strong and active network of patient groups that will empower Filipino patients to advocate for their rights and become productive members of society. Its vision is to be a unifying body with one voice that supports and strengthens patients’ organizations.
The Consumer-based Health Care Advocacy Project in the Philippines was the spark that ignited the creation of PAPO. Implemented from 2002 to 2007 by The Asia Foundation (TAF) with support from the Pfizer Foundation, the project enabled many patient groups and health NGOs to strengthen their organizational and fundraising capabilities, influence health policymaking through engagement with local- and national-level government representatives, and build their institutional capacity in volunteer management.
In 2009, several patient groups held a roundtable discussion on “Improving Patient-Centered Health Care in the Philippines” and reached the consensus about the need to form a coalition of patient groups. Thus, the Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations was born. The PAPO founding member-groups are Cerebral Palsied Association of the Philippines (CPAP), I Can Serve, Link Center for the Deaf, Philippine Children’s Association of Learning Disability (PCALD), and Kythe Foundation, Inc.