Patient safety

APPS catalyses action for safer health care

“Are we being too ambitious? This is not too ambitious - in fact, not ambitious enough. We needed to have done this yesterday.”

Dr Sam Zaramba, APPS Strategy Group Member, Chairman, WHO Executive Board 2010 and ex-Director General of Health Services in Uganda

Building Momentum: Moving forward faster

Weak health-care systems place an unacceptable burden on the health and economy of the 46 countries in the WHO African Region. Simple, effective tools to improve patient safety are now available and many countries are taking action. The way forward for patient safety in Africa is being informed by the pioneering work of these partners in strengthening patient safety. What is needed now is a greater focus on patient safety at the policy level and the requisite leadership at the highest level to build on these foundations so that the health care of the people of the region has safety and quality at its heart. APPS continues to champion the need for action on patient safety as a central part of achieving stronger, safer and more reliable health systems across the region.

APPS Vision

Safe health care in every country of Africa through sustainable partnerships.

APPS Mission

To catalyze improvements in patient safety through the use of partnerships and to facilitate the spread of patient safety improvements across and between countries.

APPS Strategy

We have demonstrated that there is a mechanism to improve patient safety in African hospitals through partnerships. The APPS strategy 2012-2015 outlines key milestones and strategic direction for the coming period. The APPS Strategy has been co-developed through the input of the APPS Strategy Group of global health experts, including Sir Liam Donaldson, Dr Sam Zaramba and Professor Didier Pittet, as well as patient representatives such as Robinah Kaitiritimba from Uganda.

APPS Values

Our values are centred on partnership, respect, cultural sensitivity, collaboration and the pursuit of excellence in patient safety.