The International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) has been in official relations with WHO since 2007. It is a non-profit, independent organization with members in over 70 countries. ISQua works to provide services to guide health professionals, providers, researchers, agencies, policy makers and consumers to achieve excellence in health-care delivery to all people and to continuously improve the quality and safety of care. Each year ISQua organizes an international conference, which in 2009 was held in Ireland.
At this year's conference, WHO Patient Safety delivered a plenary on Safe Surgery Saves Lives and six other sessions covering a range of patient safety issues. These included presentations on High 5s, Research, Patients for Patient Safety and the Patient Safety Curriculum Guide for Medical Schools. As in previous years, WHO Patient Safety coordinated the ISQua-WHO Conference Scholarships with 14 scholarship recipients attending the event.
The WHO Patient Safety stand displayed a range of patient safety publications and distributed USB sticks with all current documents. These proved extremely popular, with the team receiving a lot of positive comments about the environmental benefits of moving away from printed materials. The Irish President, Mary McAleese, also visited the stand and picked up a USB stick for her daughter who is a medical doctor.