What is World Patient Safety Day?
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. Each year, a new theme is selected to shed light on a priority patient safety area where action is needed to reduce avoidable harm in health care and achieve universal health coverage.
Considering the significant burden of harm women and newborns are exposed to due to unsafe care, this year’s World Patient Safety Day is dedicated to the need to prioritize and address safety in maternal and newborn care, particularly around the time of childbirth, when most harm occurs. This is especially important in the context of the disruption of health services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has further compounded the situation.
Since women’s experiences during childbirth are also affected by issues of gender equity and violence, World Patient Safety Day highlights the important notion of respectful care and its linkages with safety.
Safe Maternal and Newborn Care
Call for action:
Act now for safe and respectful childbirth!
WHO OFFICIAL WEBPAGE - https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-patient-safety-day/2021
WORLD PATIENT SAFETY DAY WEBINARS AND STATEMENTS
IJQHC Curated Articles on Maternal & New Born Care
The International Journal for Quality in Health Care has curated a selection of articles to mark the theme of World Patient Safety Day 2021, Safe maternal and newborn care: Act now for safe and respectful childbirth!
The International Journal for Quality in Health Care (IJQHC) is a leading international peer-reviewed scholarly journal addressing research, policy, and implementation related to the quality of health care and health outcomes for populations and patients worldwide.
Explore the articles in our collection, and make sure to share them widely to help prioritise safety in maternal and newborn care. These articles are freely available to all until 8th December 2021.
Recordings from ISQua's 2021 Virtual Conference
Applying short-message-service (SMS) texting in gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) management in Viet Nam
Developing, implementing and responding to a survey of women’s experiences of maternity care in Ireland: The National Maternity Experience Survey
Labouring Together: Womens' Experiences of "Getting the Care that I Want and Need" in Maternity Care
WPSD Activities from Around the World
Editorial from ISQua President, Prof Jeffrey Braithwaite
For world patient safety day, ISQua President, Prof Jeffrey Braithwaite published an editorial, titled, 'Patient safety and empowering the workforce', in the Medical Journal of Australia’s Insight plus section.
WHO Patient Safety Flagship
WHO Patient Safety Flagship invites you to participate in World Patient Safety Day 2021 Virtual Global Conference “Together for safe and respectful maternal and newborn care” on 17th September from 14:00 to 18:00 CEST. The conference will be opened by WHO leadership and will feature Keynote addresses by global patient safety leaders and advocates; Global landscape and stories from the ground on maternal and newborn health and safety; and much more.
International Alliance of Patients Organisations (IAPO)
IAPO have created a World Patient Safety Map so that they can showcase the power of the patient voice and the commitment of other stakeholders in patient safety towards zero harm.
Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF)
#UniteforSafeCare are hosting their 2nd annual #uniteforsafecare campaign, designed to bring global awareness to the public and human rights issues we are all now facing: the lack of safety in health care that the pandemic brought to light.
World Patient Alliance (WPA)
WPA has initiated a campaign to celebrate WPSD all over the world. As part of this campaign, WPA has organised a REGIONAL WEBINAR Series in the month of September 2021. WPA will conduct webinars in EURO, Asia Including EMRO, Latin America and AFRO Region.
Patients For Patient Safety US (PFPS US)
Marty Hatlie and Sue Sheridan are proud to announce the launching of PFPS US, a new chapter of WHO’s PFPS Program in the USA, dedicated to collaborating with patient and healthcare leaders to help implement the Global Patient Safety Action Plan in the USA and around the world.
Health Care Accreditation Council (HCAC)
The HCAC have launched their “Change Day” initiative for the eighth year in a row in conjunction with the World Patient Safety Day Campaign. This year they provided a platform for patient safety commitments not only for Healthcare Workers and Decision Makers but also for patients and their families.