Patient safety


Events banner

Here are details of APPS workshops and events taking place throughout Europe and Africa.


Learning Symposium, Harare, Zimbabwe, 13-15 May 2014

This critical symposium – focused on raising awareness, knowledge, and skills concerning patient safety and service delivery – was held in Harare, Zimbabwe (9-13 September 2013). The three day Symposium was a wonderful opportunity to bring together all the partnerships involving the English NHS that have undertaken the APPS journey and learn from each other about the work carried out, challenges faced, achievements made and future plans. It was an opportunity to consider programme wide evaluation efforts and build next steps.

A briefing paper on the evaluation of African Partnerships for Patient Safety

New Evaluation Briefing Report summarizes the impact of WHO African Partnerships for Patient Safety (APPS) since its launch in 2009. The report is one part of a wide scale evaluation of APPS that will come to a conclusion at the end of 2014. It is extracted from the Evaluation Synthesis prepared in 2013 that involved telephone and face-to-face interviews, focus group work and team observations. The report is being shared widely across the UK, Africa and within WHO as part of ongoing efforts to advocate for patient safety improvements and demonstrate the impact APPS is having. The report extracts key information on impact and makes a series of recommendations that are currently being acted upon.


National Patient Safety Policy and Strategic Planning Workshop, Harare, Zimbabwe, 9-13 September 2013

This unique workshop – focused on raising awareness, knowledge, and skills concerning patient safety and service delivery – was held in Harare, Zimbabwe (9-13 September 2013). The 5-day meeting allowed participants to learn the process of patient safety activity planning, monitoring, evaluation and refinement. Country teams consisting of focal points from the Ministry of Health, WHO Country Offices and focal APPS hospitals worked together to define a clear way forward for their respective countries. The workshop focused on cross-country learning and the creation of a platform to continue to develop national patient safety policies and plans based on implementation experience.

ABHR Training Workshop in Africa, Harare, Zimbabwe, 18-23 march 2013

This first Anglophone African Partnership Workshop for the local production of WHO formula alcohol base hand rub (ABHR) took place in Harare, Zimbabwe in March 2013. Two pharmacy representatives from each of the five 'second wave' countries (Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia), as well as Zimbabwe benefitted from practical hands on training, resulting in an actual supply being produced and quality control tested.

Symposium on Patient Safety Partnerships in the United Kingdom, 26 February 2013

A symposium was held in the United Kingdom on Patient Safety Partnerships. In collaboration with colleagues from the NHS currently participating in WHO’s African Partnerships for Patient Safety, APPS held a one day symposium on the 26 February in Manchester, United Kingdom. The event was open to any colleagues currently participating in a health partnership and addressing or interested in addressing patient safety improvements.


Second wave partnership hospitals workshop, WHO – HQ, Geneva, 22-24 November 2011

APPS leads from both arms of the partnerships for the second wave of APPS Hospitals attended and were introduced to each other and to key internal WHO staff and partners such as THET.


Partnership implementation workshop, 20-23 October 2009

The focus of this event was on bringing together the established teams from each of the hospitals participating in the first wave, to finalise their two-year partnership plans and prepare for implementation. The official launch of the initiative took place on 22 October 2009.

First wave partnership hospitals workshop, 4-8 May 2009

This was an important milestone for APPS. Representatives from all arms of the programme attended and were introduced both to each other and to key internal WHO staff and partners from the NPSA and THET.