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Launched in 2022, the APPIS Innovator Program recognizes and supports patient organizations in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa that have excelled in improving patient access to the right information, treatment, and care. The program ultimately strives to partner with patient organizations to drive impact on the ground and bring them closer to achieving their mission.

Categories for submission

Health Literacy

Innovative and impactful initiatives that have significantly driven disease awareness and scientific / medical knowledge sharing.

Health Literacy

Health Policy Shaping

Solid, scalable, and / or transferrable framework / methodologies that have enabled or accelerated access to healthcare, information, prevention, treatment, and care, in partnership with policy makers.

Health Policy Shaping

Digital Health & Communications

Digital Health & Communications

Disruptive initiatives that have transformed the role patient communities can play in health data collection, analysis, and insight generation; or viral digital campaigns that can be scaled up and amplified to improve health outcomes.

Why Apply?

Financial Support

To be channeled back to the initiative to create even bigger impact

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Promotion of the initiative through APPIS platform and on-going engagement

The Opportunity


APPIS network and partnership with strategic stakeholders


coaching/membership and guidance from thought leaders within the patient community

Download to learn more about the APPIS Innovator Program 2023.


In 2023, the program received 31 impressive applications from patient organizations spanning 16 countries within the region. Each submission underwent a rigorous evaluation process, considering five key criteria: impact, innovation, potential to scale, fit to category, and progression.  


An esteemed expert panel of judges selected the three winners from a shortlist of five finalists. The winners will receive support to help them scale and improve their existing programs in the form of mentoring, networking opportunities, funding, and coaching. Read more about our 3 winners below:

Siriraj Center of Research Excellent in Neuromuscular Disease (SiCORE NMD)

Siriraj Center of Research Excellence in Neuromuscular Disease’s Neuromuscular-Get-Trophy program aims to widen the accessibility and awareness of newborn screening for neuromuscular diseases through partnerships that will reduce screening costs and connect patient groups through policy advocacy and workshops.

For information, visit


Cancer Association of South Africa

Cancer Association of South Africa aims to close the care gap by expanding their virtual Telecounselling Program that provides confidential, professional, cancer related telephonic counselling to cancer patients, caregivers and their families to provide psychosocial support.

For information, visit



To tackle the challenge of seeking reliable medical information online, HOPE FOUNDATION for Cancer Care have set up HOPE Cancer News Stations on YouTube, and published podcast episodes to address misconceptions and provide accurate information about cancer. The foundation aims to expand their program to cover different cancer types, making accurate information more accessible for patients.

For information, visit

Read more about how APPIS has partnered with our 2022 winners here.

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