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First Awareness Raising Workshop on Patient Safety Issues in the African Region

The "First Awareness Raising Workshop on Patient Safety Issues in the African Region" saw the participation of delegates from 20 African countries -Rwanda, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Gambia, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Namibia, Seychelles and Mauritius. Participants included national focal point for patient safety and/, Ministry representatives and health care providers working at clinical level on infection prevention and control.

The first day of the workshop was dedicated to patient safety in general and the two subsequent days were focused on the First Global Patient Safety Challenge. The Minister of Health of Rwanda, Dr Jean Damascene Ntavukuliryayo, inaugurated the opening ceremony acknowledging the importance of patient safety issues in African countries. He pledged his commitment to take concrete actions in Rwanda and in the region, in order to help develop a patient safety culture.

The following two days of the workshop focused on current in-country experiences, new WHO approaches and tools on hand hygiene and how it might be possible to synthesize the two, and build on the strengths of both. The workshop worked towards developing recommendations for the African region on issues such as: raising political commitment, involvement of health-care workers and patient participation in the process of patient care, and infection control priorities at national and hospital level.

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