Patient safety

WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge - Medication Safety

Unsafe medication practices and medication errors are a leading cause of injury and health care associated harm around the world. These can occur at different stages of the medication use process. Multiple interventions addressing the reduction of medication errors have already been developed. For these to be effective, a wide mobilization of stakeholders supporting sustained actions is required. In response to this, WHO has identified Medication Safety as the theme for the next Global Patient Safety Challenge.

The WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge - Medication Safety will propose solutions to address many of the obstacles the world faces today to ensure the safety of medication practices. Medication safety is a broad and complex area within patient safety. WHO’s goal for this Global Patient Safety Challenge is to achieve widespread engagement and commitment of WHO Member States and professional bodies around the world to reducing the harm associated with medication.

The WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge – Medication Safety is coordinated by the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement unit, of the Service Delivery and Safety department, in collaboration with the department of Essential Medicines and Health Products. The WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication Safety is in advanced stages of development and is planned to be launched in the first quarter of 2017.

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