Dr Stanimir Hasurdjiev is one of the founders and current Chairperson of the Bulgarian National Patients’ Organization (NPO) — the biggest patients’ umbrella organisation in Bulgaria with more than 80 disease-specific member organisations representing patients with different socially significant diseases in all 28 regions of Bulgaria. Dr Hasurdjiev has devoted his work to the patients’ advocacy sector and in the defence of patients’ rights. In 2011, he represented the Bulgarian patients in the Supervisory Board of the National Health Insurance Fund.
Stanimir is a former board member of the European Patients’ Forum as well as a member of several regional and international organisations and networks, e.g. the World Hepatitis Alliance, European Community Advisory Board and International Capacity Building Alliance. He is one of the founders and current Secretary-General of the joint initiative of the European Patients’ Forum and the Bulgarian National Patients’ Organization — the Patient Access Partnership (PACT) — a multi-stakeholder platform for finding innovative solutions to reduce inequities in access to healthcare in Europe Since 2015 he also serves as Secretary of the initiative, “Health Partnership”, which was official permanent consultative body to the Council of Ministers.
Stanimir has received many Bulgarian and international awards, such as the Best Media Award for the World Hepatitis Day campaign in 2008.