Reducing Medication-Related Harm

12 October, 2019

[Forwarded from ISQua.org - comment from me below]

Reducing Medication-Related Harm - The Third WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm

Every person around the world will, at some point in their life, take medicines to prevent or treat illness. Medicines have forever altered our ability to live with disease and generally increased the duration of our lives.

However, medicines do sometimes cause serious harm if taken incorrectly, monitored insufficiently or as the result of an error, accident or communication problem. The Third WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm aims to reduce the level of severe, avoidable harm related to medications by 50% over a period of 5 years, globally.

This workshop will allow participants to:

- Comprehend the scale of harm due to unsafe medication practices and medication errors

- Be familiar with third WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm

- Initiate and strengthen the implementation of the third WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm

- Learn through case studies and interactive discussion

- Join the Medication Without Harm movement

Register now and attend this pre-conference session on Sunday, 20th October 2019 at 13:30

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Setting strategic direction for quality in health care…in stability and in adversity

Are you interested in setting strategic direction for quality in health care? Would you like to know how to take action for quality in health care in fragile, conflict-affected and vulnerable settings? Would you like to learn the latest about the practical WHO approach for national quality policy and strategy? Are you a national quality director/manager or working on a national quality policy, strategy or plan? Would you like to learn perspectives from national quality leads? If you answered YES to any of the above, join us on Monday 21 October 2019 on Level 1, Auditorium 2 from 10:45 – 12:15 for this exciting WHO Session that brings cutting edge technical thinking to ISQua conference delegates in Cape Town.

By attending you will be able:

To learn the latest developments on the WHO initiative on national quality policy and strategy and how it can be leveraged to drive improvement.

To understand the key issues and potential solutions related to quality in health care provided in fragile, conflict-affected and vulnerable settings.

To learn about the WHO approach to supporting strategic action planning for quality in health care in fragile, conflict-affected and vulnerable settings.

To explore the evolving learning from countries that are setting or refining their national directions on quality in health care.

To contribute thinking to shape future WHO efforts in this arena of work.

Register now and attend this session on Monday, 21st October 2019 at 10:45

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Comment (NPW): One of the simplest and most neglected approaches to improve the use of medicines is to ensure that prescribers and users of medicines have access to reliable information on the selection and use of medicines, in a language they can understand. ‘Globally, most prescribers receive most of their prescribing information from the pharmaceutical industry and in many countries this is the only information they receive.’ World Medicines Report, WHO

Best wishes, Neil

Joint Coordinator HIFA Project on Information for Prescribers and Users of Medicines - Supported by Nagasaki University and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science

http://www.hifa.org/projects/prescribers-and-users-medicines

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 19,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org