Patient safety

2nd International Congress of Infection Control in Tehran and Launch of the First Global Patient Safety Challenge "Clean Care is Safer Care"

6-11 May 2007

The Global Patient Safety Challenge "Clean Care is Safer Care" of the World Alliance for Patient Safety was inaugurated in the Islamic Republic of Iran on the 7 May, 2007 and the Ministry of Health and Medical Education formally pledged Iran's support to implement actions to reduce health care-associated infection.

Deputy Minister of Health Dr Alavian, spoke about the national infection control strategies and signed the statement committing to address health care-associated infection in the presence of the WR Representative of Iran, Dr Mubshar Sheikh, and Professor Didier Pittet, leading the First Global Patient Safety Challenge. Dr Gouya, Director General of the Centre for Disease Control in Iran, delivered a speech about the new nosocomial infection surveillance system present in 104 hospitals in Iran and Professor Pittet presented on the purpose of and key actions delivered by WHO's First Global Patient Safety Challenge. The launch event was part of the three-day 2nd International Congress of Infection Control.

The visit to Iran was coupled with visits to three hospitals - the Rasul Akram Hospital and the Tehran Heart Centre, both in central Tehran and the Shariati General Hospital in Karaj City - and discussions on existing infection control programmes.

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