Coronavirus (630) WHO Webinar: Patient safety implications during the COVID-19 pandemic - Sharing experiences from the European Region, 22 May 2020 at 14:00 CET

20 May, 2020

The announcement below is forwarded from the Global Patient Safety Network.

Best wishes, Neil (HIFA coordinator)


Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from the WHO Patient Safety Flagship. We would like to invite you to the WHO Global Patient Safety Network Webinar on "Patient safety implications during the COVID-19 pandemic - Experiences from Countries from the WHO European region" on Friday, 22 May 2020 from 14:00 to 15:30, Geneva time.

COVID-19 pandemic has been putting the health care system at risk globally. Under this situation, the potential risks which may reach to both patients and health workers could be higher than usual due to various reasons. There has been a lot of information available about lessons learned to prevent health care associated infections, however there is limited information available on broad implications for patient safety both on COVID patients and non-COVID patients during the pandemic.

The goal of this webinar is to share essential learnings on patient safety implications during COVID-19 pandemic and response by frontline health care professionals and/or the policy makers at national level.

Through the collaboration with WHO European office, we have distinguished speakers from three countries in the European region.

The speakers

Prof Sotirios Tsiodras

Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases

National & Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School

Chief scientific advisor & spokesperson, Scientific Advisory group for the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ministry of Health


Prof Alexandra Calmy

HIV/AIDS Unit Director,

Division of Infectious Diseases,

Geneva University Hospital,


Dr Yolanda Agra

Deputy Director

Quality of Healthcare and Innovation

Ministry of Health


Prof José Joaquin Mira

Clinical psychologist,

Professor at the Miguel Hernández de Elche University,

Valencia, Spain

Iria Muiño

Family Practice specialist,

Healthcare Center Salou-Catalonia,


WHO speakers

Dr Neelam Dhingra

Unit Head,

Patient Safety Flagship,

WHO HQ, Geneva

Dr Evgeny Zheleznyakov

Technical Officer,

Health Services Delivery,

WHO European Office


Sir Liam Donaldson

WHO Envoy for Patient Safety

The webinar will be held on Friday, 22 May 2020 at 14:00–15:30 CEST. The duration of this webinar is 1.5 hour.

Pre-registration is required at

All presentations and the recordings of previous webinar in this series (Experiences from Countries from the WHO Western Pacific region), held on 8 May 2020 are now available on GPSN webinar page.

Thanks for joining and best regards,


Unit Head

Patient Safety Flagship/

Decade of Patient Safety 2020-2030

Integrated Health Services

World Health Organization


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