Associated Partners

Die Arbeiterwohlfahrt (Workers’ Welfare organization)

Stefan Rütten, Chief Operating Officer, Germany
Expertise: Nurse, Nursing lecturer, Public Health Nurse
Flyer: AWO_international flyer

The workers’ welfare (Arbeiterwohlfahrt) belongs to one of the leading associations of independent welfare in Germany. The workers welfare has a long history with a socio-political self-understanding that goes back to it founder Marie Juchacz. Marie is one of the most significant women in German history. She founded the Arbeiterwohlfahrt (AWO) and was its chairwoman from 1919 until 1933. She was one of the women who successfully campaigned for women’s suffrage in Germany in the face of bitter resistance. She was one of the first women to be freely elected in a German parliament, was a member of parliament in the Weimar national assembly and a member of the Reichstag until 1933.
The AWO still stands to its tradition and constantly assumes responsibility for new social tasks, which result from the changes within society. The war against drugs, integration work for and with immigrants, consulting and assistance for indebted families, protection against domestic violence, to name just a few examples. The discussion about the boundaries of “social growth” also does not make the tasks and the work of the AWO
indispensable.On the contrary. Social rights require social duties. In our political
work we campaign for the fair balancing of interests in a spirit of solidarity

The AWO is a part of our society -with a lot of strengths, and sometimes also with a few weaknesses. With 145,000 employees, more than 410,000 members, 100,000 helpers, friends and supporters it is a mirror image of the demands, wishes and expectations that
make up our democratic and pluralistic society. We demonstrate our expertise in more than 3,500 institutions for children, young people, parents and families.
We back expertise in the more than 2,200 outpatient and inpatient institutions for the older generation.

The AWO model would not be possible in its present form without the financial commitment of citizens, our members, companies and not least from the state and without the small and large steps forwards in political and social terms. Therefore we can cooperateat the centre of the society for peace, freedom and progress.

The European Patients Forum (EPF) is the umbrella organisation of pan-European patient organisations active in the field of European public health and health advocacy. EPF was founded in 2003 to become the collective patients’ voice at EU level, manifesting the solidarity, power and unity of the EU patients’ movement. EPF currently represent 55 patients organisations – which are chronic disease specific patient organisations operating at EU level and national coalitions of patients organisations.
EPF’s vision is high quality, patient-centred, equitable healthcare for all patients throughout the European Union. EPF facilitates exchange of good practice and challenging of bad practices on patients’ rights, equitable access to treatment and care, and health-related quality of life between patient organisations at European level and at Member state level.

Vision and Mission Statement

Our vision is high quality, patient-centred, equitable healthcare for all patients throughout the European Union.

Our mission is to be the collective patients’ voice at EU level, manifesting the solidarity, power and unity of the EU patients’ movement, and to provide a strong and united patients’ voice to put patients at the centre of EU health policy and programmes. Our five core strategic goals as defined in the 2007-2012 Strategic Planning:

Goal 1: EQUAL ACCESS FOR PATIENTS
To promote equal access to best quality information and healthcare for EU patients, theirs carers and their families

Goal 2: PATIENT’S INVOLVEMENT
To ensure meaningful patient involvement in EU health-related policy-making, programmes and projects

Goal 3: PATIENT’S PERSPECTIVE
To ensure a patients’ perspective, including issues around human rights and quality of life, is heard in developments at EU level on health economics and health efficacy

Goal 4: SUSTAINABLE PATIENT ORGANISATIONS
To encourage inclusive, effective and sustainable representative patient organisations

Goal 5: PATIENT UNITY
To nurture and promote solidarity and unity across the EU patients’ movement