Stanimir Hasurdjiev

Chairman of Bulgarian National Patients’ Organization

Dr. Stanimir Hasurdjiev is one of the founders and current Chairperson of the Bulgarian National Patients’ Organization (NPO) – the biggest patients’ umbrella organization in Bulgaria. NPO has more than 80 member organizations representing patients with different socially significant diseases.

Dr. Hasurdjiev has devoted himself to the work in the patients’ advocacy sector and in defense of patients’ rights. In 2011, he represented the Bulgarian patients in the Supervisory Board of the National Health Insurance Fund. He is the Executive Director of the European Liver Patients’ Association (ELPA), a member of several regional and international organisations and networks, e.g. World Hepatitis Alliance, European Community Advisory Board, International Capacity Building Alliance and others. He has many Bulgarian and international awards, such as the Best Media Award for the World Hepatitis Day campaign in 2008 “Am I number 12”. In 2011 National Patients’ Organization was awarded a prize by Effie Worldwide Awards for its campaign “If the healthcare system doesn’t hear you”.

He has been an editor of the health radiocast “Investment for Health” on the National Darik radio and host of the TV reality health show on bTV – “Realno”. He is an author of many health projects for socially important diseases – program “Protection”, “High cholesterol kills”, antiabortion program “It’s up to you”, cervix cancer campaign “Tell someone”, “A few kilograms younger”, “Treat osteoporosis!” and many others.

In 2013 Dr. Hasurdjiev became a Board member of the European Patients’ Forum.