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WHO launches nine patient safety solutions

26 April 2007

In developed countries as many as one in 10 patients is harmed while receiving hospital care and in the developing world the figure may be much higher. The World Health Organization, together with The Joint Commission and Joint Commission International, have developed 9 Patient Safety Solutions that have proved useful in reducing health care risks to patients.

WHAT: Telephone and on-site press conference to launch nine solutions to reduce health care errors throughout the world

WHEN: Wednesday, May 2, 2007
9:30 a.m. EDT, 8:30 a.m. CDT, 7:30 a.m. MDT, 6:30 a.m. PDT
Breakfast will be available on-site at 9 a.m. EDT.

WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, 13th Floor, First Amendment Room, Washington, DC,
or dial 1-877-690-6763 to participate via telephone.


  • Sir Liam Donaldson, Chair, World Alliance for Patient Safety, World Health Organization (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Karen Timmons, President and CEO, Joint Commission International
  • Dr Dennis O'Leary, President, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois)
  • Dr. Tebogo Kgosietsile Letlape, Immediate Past President, The World Medical Association
  • Susan Sheridan, Co-Founder and President, Consumers Advancing Patient Safety
  • Dr Cristina Beato, Deputy Director, PAHO/AMRO

For media

Photos and B-roll will be made available. Media in Afghanistan and Pakistan with appropriate security clearance are invited to accompany the WHO staff photographer to border immunization sites.

For more information, journalists can contact:

Media contact:
Charlene Hill
Phone: +1 630 792 5175

WHO contact:
Dr Agnès Leotsakos
Phone: +41 22 791 2567

The World Alliance for Patient Safety is a WHO programme launched in 2004. The Alliance, chaired by Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer of the United Kingdom, addresses 10 major action areas to galvanize global commitment and action on patient safety.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

Joint Commission International (JCI) was established in 1997 as a division of Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a private, not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission. Through international accreditation, consultation, publications and education programs, JCI extends JC’s mission worldwide by helping to improve the quality of patient care by assisting international health care organizations, public health agencies, health ministries and others evaluate, improve and demonstrate the quality of patient care and enhance patient safety in more than 60 countries.

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