Patient safety

Regional Patient Safety Workshop on Patients for Patient Safety

17-19 July 2007

Jakarta workshop group photo

The WHO Regional Office for South East Asia (SEARO), in collaboration with the World Alliance for Patient Safety – Patients for Patient Safety programme hosted a regional workshop to bring together patients, consumers, family members, health professionals and policy makers from across the region on 17-19 July in Jakarta, Indonesia. Participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Sri-Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand and Timor Leste, attended the 3-day event.

The event was the first of its kind for the region. Patients, many of whom have been affected by a Patient Safety Incident had the opportunity to share their experiences, build partnerships with other stakeholders, share learning and challenges and work in partnership with health care professionals, policy makers and WHO staff. The event helped create a network of "patients for patient safety" champions and partnerships that can help improve health care systems in the region, embedding patients and their experiences and learning at the heart of these efforts.

Sessions at the workshop oriented the group to the work of the World Alliance for Patient Safety, in particular the Patients for Patient Safety programme; the opportunity to share personal experiences and examples of positive activities that have grown from often tragic experiences; the chance to share case studies of successful patient engagement work in the region and the chance to create a vision and statement of the group’s hopes for the future of safe healthcare in their countries and the region. The group worked together for 3 days to create action plans that can then be implemented at a country level.