Patient safety

WHO interregional technical consultation

Learning from implementation of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist

28-30 August 2017 – Colombo, Sri Lanka

The WHO interregional technical consultation “Learning from implementation of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 28-30 August 2017. The consultation was organized by WHO HQ/Geneva, the WHO South-East Asia Regional Office, Delhi, and WHO Sri Lanka Country Office, Colombo, in collaboration with Ariadne Labs, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The aim of the consultation was to provide the opportunity for sharing implementation experiences among key implementers of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist.

A total of 55 participants, including representatives from the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist Collaboration implementing sites, Ministries of Health, international organisations and foundations (JHPIEGO, Gates Foundation, Merck for Mothers, India Health Action Trust and Care India), as well as Ariadne Labs, WHO-HQ (Patient Safety and Risk Management Unit, Service Delivery and Safety Department, and WHO Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health Department), WHO South-East Asia Region and Sri Lanka Country Office participated in the consultation.

The objectives of the consultation were as follows:

  • To provide a platform for shared learning among different institutions and implementing partners;
  • To understand the contextual factors for success, barriers and checklist adaptations;
  • To introduce patient safety strategies and tools for safety and quality improvement;
  • To explore and facilitate the implementation of patient safety strategies and tools among the participating countries.

The event provided the opportunity for thirteen implementing projects to present their experiences and share the lessons learned from implementing the checklist. Additionally, small group discussions were organized for an in-depth deliberation of themes such as “readiness”, “implementation”, “results and findings”. The Ministry of Health representatives presented their point of view in relation to sustainability and national scale-up and all participants actively participated in the debate about the recommendations for the next steps. The full report of the meeting will be posted here shortly.

Report of the consultation – coming soon.