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APPIS Summit 2023 took place on 20-21 March 2023 and gathered over 1,400 registrations across the healthcare ecosystem from over 60 countries who came together with the common goal of accelerating access for patients and prioritizing action towards better health outcomes in Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa.


During the Summit, we took a deep dive into the challenges faced by patients and caregivers, the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships, and the scale of impact we can have on patient lives when we join forces. This year's Summit agenda continues to address the region's critical challenges and opportunities in:

Health Literacy


Health Policy Shaping


Digital Health and Communications

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Download the Summit's thematic highlights to zoom in on the discussions covered during this year's Summit.

APPIS Region-Wide Summit 2023: Agenda & Recordings

For more information on the respective speakers, please click on their photos.



Beyond the virtual summit, there were several APPlSx events happening in countries from across the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. APPlSx is where patient organizations and local healthcare stakeholders convene to discuss, partner and act on important healthcare and patient access topics in their country throughout the year. APPlSx events took place in Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and India with Egypt, Gulf, Saudi Arabia and UAE coming together as one Middle East cluster to identify challenges and opportunities to partner together. APPlSx will also reach the shores of South Africa, the Philippines and Australia before the end of 2023!

Learn more about APPISx here.

APPIS 2023 Council

A special thanks to our APPIS 2023 Council Members who co-created this year's program:


Rod Padua

President, Touched By 

Max Inc Philippines; Chair, 

CML Advocates Network


Adam Chee

Chief, Smart Health Leadership Centre, National University Singapore


Mahira El Sayed

Professor of Dermatology and Venereology, Ain Shams University IPC Board Member 


Bahija Gouimi

Region Middle East & Africa Representative, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Advocates Network 


Stanley Li

Founder and Chairman,


Carmen Auste

Senior Vice President, Cancer Coalition Philippines CEO, Cancer Warriors Foundation Philippines


Julie Cini

CEO, Spinal Muscular Atrophy Australia Inc.


SungKi Kim

President, Korea Psoriasis Association


Ruth Kuguru

Executive Director, Communications & Engagement, Novartis Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa

Get Involved!

Email to join our APPIS Community and be kept up to date with the latest information on APPIS. Visit our Resource Center for curated resources developed by the APPIS Community to identify and address pertinent issues faced by patient organizations across the region.

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