Patient safety

African health leaders pledge support to patient safety challenges

Nairobi, Kenya — 17 January 2005
Durban, South Africa — 19 January 2005

Two regional meetings of the World Alliance for Patient Safety took place in the African region. The first meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, 17 January 2005, was organised by the Ministry of Health of Kenya in association with the WHO.

The second meeting in Durban, South Africa, 19 January 2005, was organised by provincial and national health ministries of South Africa, non-government organizations such as the Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa, and WHO.

The regional meetings aimed to build awareness on the safety of care in African countries and the commitment of interested countries, current and potential agencies and many other partners to improve patient safety.

The meetings will encourage participants to strengthen common action for integration of patient safety issues in national health policy and practice. This will create a foundation for the future development of the regional strategy for patient safety in African countries.

There were around 100 participants at each meeting. This included senior government officials, representatives from government agencies, ministers of health, senior clinicians, health care managers and representatives from academic and medical educators from countries across Africa.

Nairobi meeting

Durban meeting

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