On 17-18 June 2017, IFPA held its annual members meeting in the Belgian capital. The event was well-attended with the participation of more than 50 national and regional associations, IFPA Board and Secretariat, as well as IFPA’s partners.
The meeting opened with a welcome speech by Lars Ettarp, IFPA President, and followed by the presentation of the Financial report by Josef de Guzman, IFPA’s Treasurer. Subsequently, Hoseah Waweru, IFPA Vice-president reported on the preparations for the World Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Conference in 2018. The first day of the meeting also contained an advocacy workshop led by Vasilka Lalevska, IFPA’s Policy and Advocacy Officer, who updated the attendants on IFPA’s achievements in global advocacy; and a workshop on grant applications by Sophie Andersson, IFPA’s Executive Director. Thereafter, IFPA’s Board Member and Secretary Silvia Fernandez Barrio reported on IFPA’s regional development and new members and introduced new presidents of IFPA’s regional members, namely Paul Mendoza of PSORASIA, Gustavo di Genio of LATINAPSO, and Jan Koren of EUROPSO. During the first day, national associations had a chance to showcase the activities and achievements and share success stories with the IFPA family and network with other members.
The second day of the members’ meeting focused on a capacity development session for member associations covering the subject of organisational development. The members also got acquainted with the World Psoriasis Day 2016 report and the theme and activities planned within the World Psoriasis Day on 29 October 2017. The World Psoriasis Day 2017 will be organised under the main theme of ‘’Psoriasis Inside Out’’ and it will focus on the fact that psoriasis is so much more than what is seen on the outside whilst psoriasis patients are, for example, at increased risk to develop so-called comorbidities. On this occasion, IFPA has developed a series of branded collaterals, theme and messages, to unveil the stories of the persons living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and let them describe how it impacts their daily life. The second day of the meeting also provided a chance for member associations to meet with IFPA partners and share patient perspectives and needs. The meeting was concluded by closing remarks by Lars Ettarp, who also announced that the next IFPA members meeting will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, in June 2018.
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