Patient safety

WHO Patient Safety: Making health care safer

Announcing the release of WHO’s 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 WHO’s 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.

Medication Without Harm

The WHO's Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm brochure 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.

Medication without harm - the journey begins

The Global Launch of the next Global Patient Safety Challenge on “Medication without harm” took place in Bonn, Germany, on 29 March 2017. WHO’s goal for this Global Patient Safety Challenge is to achieve widespread engagement and commitment from WHO Member States and professional bodies around the world to reduce the harm associated with medication. This global launch sought to raise awareness and encourage commitment from leaders and policy-makers around the world on this important issue.

Patient Safety first

A Second Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety was held on 29-30 March 2017 in Bonn, Germany, elevating patient safety as a global health priority. 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. Two of these workshops was coordinated by WHO – “Global Patient Safety: Perspectives from low- and middle-income countries” and the “Global launch of the WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication Safety”. High level delegates and Ministers of Health displayed overwhelming support on the following day for a World Patient Safety Day.

Workshop: Perspectives from low- and middle-income countries

Many governments are faced with tightening budget constraints and increasing pressure to improve health system performance. Spreading insightful and evidenced-based practices and processes around the globe is one of the most efficient ways to designing safer health systems. This workshop, which took place at the Second Global Patient Safety Ministerial Summit on 29 March in Bonn, Germany, focused upon low- and middle-income country perspectives on patient safety, and how to implement effective safety strategies despite major constraints and limited resources.

WHO Technical Series on Safer Primary Care

14 December 2016 - WHO launched a Technical Series on Safer Primary Care, presented as a set of nine key learning monographs which summarize the evidence and experience of different strategies for improving patient safety in primary care. A webinar on Safer Primary Care to introduce and launch the technical series was held on 16 December. The technical series addresses selected priority areas which countries can prioritize according to local needs. It is our hope that this technical series will make a valuable and timely contribution to the planning and delivery of safer primary care services in all WHO Member States.

Request for proposal

  • Consultancy to provide technical support to the “WHO’s third Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm” initiative

    You are hereby invited to submit a proposal for consultancy to provide technical support on “WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm” initiative of Patient Safety and Quality Improvement unit in the Service Delivery and Safety Department. Please see bidding instructions and information below. Deadline: 9 June 2017, 18h00 CET.

Patient Safety

WHO Patient Safety endevours to prevent harm to patients during the process of health care itself

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