IPOPI GPM2020 moves online!

After careful consideration of the ongoing spread of COVID-19 worldwide and in order to ensure the safety of our national member organisations’ delegates, IPOPI has decided to not hold its 2020 Global Patients Meeting in Birmingham, initially scheduled to run in parallel to the ESID Conference in October 2020. Instead the meeting will be held online with a shortened programme, the details of which will be announced in due course.

Martine Pergent, IPOPI President said that “The primary concern for IPOPI will always be the health and well being of our patient community and stakeholders. IPOPI has been closely monitoring the evolution of the COVID19 outbreak and based on the global nature of our meeting and on the fact that our delegates are primarily patients living with a primary immunodeficiency or their family relatives, it is our conclusion that it would be safer to not hold an in-person meeting in Birmingham in October but rather have an online meeting”.

The IPOPI Board felt that the GPM is an important event for the IPOPI family held every two years and that rather than cancelling, the meeting should be upheld in alternative format to ensure our delegates can still come together, interact and discuss the priorities of our community.

“We are disappointed that for the first time since our founding meeting in 1990 in Oxford we will not be able to join our colleagues and friends at ESID and INGID” Johan Prevot, IPOPI Executive Director explained “but this is a new global reality and we felt we must put the welfare of our patients delegates to the forefront of our decision”.

In addition to the online GPM, IPOPI is exploring multiple ways to ensure that our awareness raising, advocacy and educational programmes will be carried out in 2020, with the organisation for example of several webinars.

Group picture from the Global Patients Meeting 2018 in Lisbon