The International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) is pleased to report that the World Health Organization (WHO) has renewed our status as an official non-state actor. To achieve such status, IPOS is continuing to be recognized as a significant global health resource in advocating, promoting and protecting public health.
To become an official WHO non-stator actor, IPOS had to meet set criteria and principles. These were:
- Geographical representation and equitable distribution/promotion
- Technical expertise
- Effective governance
- Public announcements/outreach
Information about WHO and official non-state actors can be view by going to http://who.int/about/collaborations/non-state-actors/en/
For WHO, IPOS has been listed as:
International Psycho-Oncology Society. Collaboration on psychosocial oncology for supportive care for cancer patients including palliative care to support capacity-building in low- and middle-income countries and areas through educational programmes. The primary focus is to improve standards of palliative and supportive care and assist in the development of skilled health care services with the capacity to deliver improved standards and develop in-country systems and training processes in palliative and supportive care for cancer patients.
IPOS would like to thank our WHO committee for all their work ensuring our relationship is renewed with WHO.