The World Health Assembly took place on 2126 May 2018.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Seventy-first World Health Assembly side event: Global action on patient safety for achieving effective universal health coverage
This side event brought together country leaders, policy-makers, experts, patients networks, NGOs, civil society and Member States, and provided an opportunity to countries from all WHO regions to review the underlying systemic issues affecting patient safety, share experiences in addressing barriers and creating solutions to strengthen systems and improve practices. This side event represented a call for urgent action by all key national and international stakeholders policy-makers, health care leaders, professionals and patients to improve patient safety globally while achieving effective UHC.
Medication Without Harmcampaign was launched in Brisbane on 10 October 2017. The call for action of the global campaign is KNOW. CHECK. ASK. Everyone, including patients and health care professionals, has a role to play in ensuring medication safety. Campaign materials are available to download in all WHO official languages.
Medication Without Harm: WHOs Third Global Patient Safety Challenge
Western Pacific Regional Launch of the Global Patient Safety Challenge
The Western Pacific regional launch of the Global Patient Safety Challenge Medication Without Harm was held in Brisbane, Australia on 10 October 2017, coinciding with the session of the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific. The event was facilitated by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care in conjunction with the Australian Government Department of Health, and WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific. During the event, the participants signed pledges, in their individual capacity, as the first step in expressing their commitment to the Challenge.
The first regional launch of the Global Patient Safety Challenge Medication Without Harm took place in Muscat, Oman on 17-18 September 2017. The event was instrumental in highlighting the importance of medication safety and having each of the countries in the Eastern Mediterranean region sign a pledge as an expression of their commitment to address the serious burden of patient harm due to medication errors and unsafe medication practices, and to implement the Challenge.
28-30 August 2017 — This technical consultation held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, provided a platform for sharing the learning from implementation of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist in different setting around the world. Representatives from the implementing sites, Ministries of Health, and international organizations took part in the consultation, presented their experiences, and assessed the approach for scaling up improvement strategies for safer maternal and neonatal care around the time of childbirth.
Announcing the release of WHOs brochure:Patient Safety: Making health care safer. This advocacy material illustrates the importance of safe care for everyone, what the burden and impact of unsafe care is, and WHOs approach to tackling the issue of unsafe care. The brochure also contains a comprehensive collation of key WHO materials and activities in to generate improvements at the front line.
TheWHOs Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harmbrochure has been released, outlining the vision and strategic direction of this global initiative aiming to reduce the level of severe, avoidable harm related to medications by 50% over the next five years, globally. It provides an overview of the key components of the Challenge including the local, national and global action to be taken.
1 in 10As many as 1 in 10 patients are harmed whilst receiving health care
43 millionApproximately 43 million patient safety incidences occur every year
$42 billionMedication errors cost an estimated 42 billion USD annually
Patient safety is the absence of preventable harm to a patient during the process of health care and reduction of risk of unnecessary harm associated with health care to an acceptable minimum. An acceptable minimum refers to the collective notions of given current knowledge, resources available and the context in which care was delivered weighed against the risk of non-treatment or other treatment.
Every point in the process of care-giving contains a certain degree of inherent unsafety. A number of countries have published studies showing that significant numbers of patients are harmed during health care, either resulting in permanent injury, increased length of stay in health care facilities, or even death.
Clear policies, organizational leadership capacity, data to drive safety improvements, skilled health care professionals and effective involvement of patients in their care, are all needed to ensure sustainable and significant improvements in the safety of health care.
Request for Proposals: Technical support for WHO activities on Patient Safety and Risk Management, Patient and Family Engagement and WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge:
You are hereby invited to submit a proposal for consultancy to provide technical support for WHO activities on patient safety and risk management in the Service Delivery and Safety Department, with a focus on patient safety, patient engagement, support in the implementation of patient safety strategies and WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm, support for national and international initiatives on patient safety within the context of universal health coverage; managing development, translation and dissemination of WHO patient safety tools and materials, literature reviews, online networks and website updates; and contributing to cross-cutting technical areas of work including patient safety assessments and education and training. Please see bidding instructions and information below.
Many places lack robust reporting and learning systems which effectively capture events and dissect learning opportunities. The Minimal Information Model for Patient Safety (MIM PS) has been developed to provide a simple tool to start collecting data on patient safety incidents. The user guide explains each of the categories and how to implement MIM PS.
This advocacy material illustrates the importance of safe care for everyone, what the burden and impact of unsafe care is, and WHOs approach to tackling the issue of unsafe care. The brochure contains a comprehensive collation of key WHO materials and activities in to generate improvements at the front line.
This brochure outlines the vision and strategic direction of this global initiative aiming to reduce the level of severe, avoidable harm related to medications by 50% over the next five years, globally. It provides an overview of the key components of the Challenge including the local, national and global action to be taken.
On 29 March, experts gathered to deliberate key topics in six workshops to gain consensus and synthesize key information for reporting back to the Ministers of Health from participating countries.
WHO launched a global initiative to reduce severe, avoidable medication-associated harm in all countries by 50% over the next 5 years.
The WHO Technical Series on Safer Primary Care is a series of monographs that describes issues and potential solutions for improving patient safety in primary care.
Multi-Professional Patient Safety Curriculum Guide
WHO Patient Safety and Risk Management
Patient safety website in other languages
Medicines safety and pharmacovigilance