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World Alliance for Patient Safety

The Launch of the World Alliance for Patient Safety,
Washington DC, USA — 27 October 2004

The World Alliance for Patient Safety was launched in Washington, DC, on 27 October 2004 at an event hosted by the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr Mirta Roses Periago.

The Director-General of WHO, Dr LEE Jong-wook, formally inaugurated the Alliance followed by keynote speeches by the Chief Medical Officer of the UK , Sir Liam Donaldson, and the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the USA, Dr Carolyn Clancy.

WHO Regional Directors delivered speeches of support via videolinks.

This occasion was the first time that heads of agencies, health policy-makers, representatives patients' groups and the World Health Organization came together to advance the patient safety goal of "First do no harm", and reduce the adverse health and social consequences of unsafe health care.

Background on the World Alliance for Patient Safety


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