Medication without harm - the journey begins
The Global Launch of the next Global Patient Safety Challenge on “Medication without harm” will take 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 seeks to raise awareness and encourage commitment from leaders and policy-makers around the world on this important issue.
Patient Safety first
Following the first Global Patient Safety Action Summit in London in March 2016, a Second Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety will be held on 29-30 March 2017 in Bonn, Germany. The Summit represents a unique opportunity to highlight patient safety as a global priority. On 29 March, experts will gather 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 will 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”. The Ministerial Summit will be held on 30 March 2017.
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 will take place at the Second Global Patient Safety Ministerial Summit on 29 March in Bonn, Germany, will focus upon low- and middle-income country perspectives on patient safety, and how to implement effective safety strategies despite major constraints and limited resources.
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.
1 in 10As many as 1 in 10 patients are harmed whilst receiving health careEvidence of unsafe care
43 millionApproximately 43 million patient safety incidences occur every yearBMJ article: The global burden of unsafe medical care
$42 billion Medication errors cost an estimated 42 billion USD annuallyWHO Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication Safety
WHO Patient Safety endevours to prevent harm to patients during the process of health care itself
16 December 2016
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.
24-26 September 2016
Heralded as a "global think tank for thought leadership", this expert consultation aimed to set future priorties at the global level for advancing patient safety improvements.
22-24 August 2016
Five groups of experts, separated to target key population and risk domains, in preparation for the upcoming "Medication without Harm" Global Patient Safety Challenge
25 May 2016
This side event at the 69th World Health Assembly explored country experiences, challenges and solutions for reducing medication-associated harm.
19-20 April 2016
A consultation with renowned international experts to plan, scope and set goals for the forthcoming Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication Safety
22-24 March 2016
Inter-Regional Consultation on Patient Safety Incident Reporting and Learning Systems in Africa and Asia Pacific Regions
Through convening key stakeholders from low- and middle-income countries, and international experts, this meeting sought to review success stories, assess progress and provide concrete input for guideline to set up and enhance patient safety incident reporting and learning systems.
9-10 March 2016
This expert and ministerial summit aspired to galvanize international policy and governmental actors to prioritize patient safety at all levels.
8-10 February 2016
WHO Interregional Technical Consultation on Best Practices in Patient Safety and Quality of Care - Muscat, Oman
A consultation on exchanging evidence-based interventions and international best practices as part of the establishment and evolution of the WHO Global Patient Safety Network.