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World Patient Safety Day – 17 September 2019

September 17, 2019

134 million adverse events occur each year due to unsafe care in hospitals in low- and middle-income countries, contributing to 2.6 million deaths annually!

Safety in health systems is a major global concern due to the enlarging numbers of people suffering avoidable harm while receiving healthcare.

Recognizing the urgency of the issue, on Tuesday 17 September 2019, health stakeholders from all over the world will come together, united in a celebration of the first ever World Patient Safety Day (WPSD). This is a unique opportunity for patients, patients’ groups, carers, civil society organizations and other relevant stakeholders to join the common cause for safe-patient-centred healthcare as an essential component for the achievement universal health coverage.

The theme is “Patient Safety: a global health priority” and the slogan is Speak up for patient safety.

The campaign aims to mobilize patients, health workers, policymakers, academics, researchers, professional networks and the health-care industry to speak up for patient safety.

As part of the WPSD 2019, TIF is calling on all our members and partners as well as various healthcare organizations, policy-makers, academia, institutions, industry and other stakeholders to advocate and promote all aspects of patient safety.

Objectives of World Patient Safety Day

Global observance of WPSD aims to:

  • Raise awareness of patient safety issues globally
  • Enhance global understanding on the central role of patient safety in achieving Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Encourage development of systems and procedures for the elimination of all avoidable health care related harm to patients, and management of risks in health care
  • Encourage all governaments to commit to and support the implementation of strategies for ensuring patient safety, managing risks and fostering supportive, learning cultures
  •  Strengthen collaboration and partnerships at global, regional, national and local levels for implementing patient safety strategies and for improving safety of health care
  • Highlight specific patient safety themes such as Medication Safety, Education and Training in Patient Safety, Reporting and learning systems, Patient Engagement
What can you do to contribute? Access the campaign materials Patient Safety Fact Sheet 10 facts about Patient Safety


September 17, 2019
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