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 


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

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