What is World Patient Safety Day about?

Recognizing patient safety as a global health priority, all 194 WHO Member States at the 72nd World Health Assembly, in May 2019, endorsed the establishment of World Patient Safety Day (Resolution WHA72.6), to be marked annually on 17 September. The objectives of World Patient Safety Day are to increase public awareness and engagement, enhance global understanding, and spur global solidarity and action to promote patient safety.


The COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled the huge challenges and risks health workers are facing globally including health care associated infections, violence, stigma, psychological and emotional disturbances, illness and even death. Furthermore, working in stressful environments makes health workers more prone to errors which can lead to patient harm.

Therefore, the World Patient Safety Day 2020 Theme is:

Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety


Safe health workers, Safe patients

 Call for action:

Speak up for health worker safety! 


WHO OFFICIAL WEBPAGE - https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-patient-safety-day/2020

Joint Statement from ISQua and IHF for World Patient Safety Day

Today, on the second World Patient Safety Day, the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) and the International Hospital Federation (IHF) join in this worldwide celebration, and support that Safe Health Workers are essential for Safe Patients.


ISQua and IHF are committed to improving people safety and healthcare quality worldwide. We will thoroughly engage with the WHO Flagship Initiative: A Decade of Patient Safety 2020-2030, and will support key elements of the work to be undertaken during this decade so that health and healthcare can be safe in the future.

We make our statement based on three key messages, acknowledging the fact that the safety culture has been continuously challenged during the past months.


People (patient & health worker) safety is inherent in healthcare and is based on co-production.
Health worker physical and mental health are paramount.
The Covid-19 crisis is an opportunity to learn.


ISQua and IHF endorse the message of the World Health Organization (WHO) to ‘Speak up for health worker safety!’. We are confident that all of our members share our principles and are working towards the elimination of preventable harm.

ISQua Webinars for WPSD 2020

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