Announcing World Patient Safety Day, 17 September 2021

26 April, 2021

Forwarded from the Global Patient Safety Network


Announcing World Patient Safety Day 2021.pdf (0,1MB)

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings. It is with great pleasure that WHO Patient Safety Flagship would like to share with you the announcement for World Patient Safety Day 2021. The selection of theme and slogan for World Patient Safety Day 2021 was based on your extremely valuable input, which went through multiple rounds of deliberations within the 2021 World Patient Safety Day Steering Committee and WHO internal WHO taskforce.

With the world still facing the COVID-19 pandemic and the inequities that surfaced as a result, we came to realize that the most vulnerable and marginalized populations are being disproportionately affected not only due to the direct effects of the pandemic and lack of access to vaccines, but also due to the disruption of the most essential health services.

Unfortunately, women and newborns, are amongst these groups. Even before the pandemic, approximately 810 women and 7000 newborns died daily, with the causes occurring mainly around the time of childbirth. About 2 million babies were also stillborn every year, with over 40% occurring during labour. Most of these deaths and stillbirths are avoidable through the provision of safe and quality care by skilled health care professionals working in supportive environments. In response, the theme selected for World Patient Safety Day 2021 is “Safe maternal and newborn care”. Since maternity care is also affected by issues of gender equity and violence, women’s experiences during childbirth have the potential to either empower or to inflict damage and emotional trauma on them. Therefore, this year’s campaign slogan – “Act now for safe and respectful childbirth!” – calls on all stakeholders to accelerate the actions necessary for ensuring safe and respectful childbirth.

Please spread the word by disseminating the enclosed announcement through your networks [HIFA does not carry attachements]. The World Patient Safety Day 2021 Event Page is also available in English HERE


and will be made available in other UN languages soon. The page will contain additional information as well as the announcement in the six UN official languages. The WHO campaign page, further content and campaign materials will be populated in the upcoming weeks. We urge you to plan activities - international and national conferences and events on and around the Day aligned with the theme of this year.

If you are planning to celebrate the Day, share your plans with us through the following e-survey [] and also post a note on this network by replying to this thread.

Collectively, we can make maternal and newborn safety a global health priority, and we call upon your full cooperation to fulfil this endeavour.

Thanks and best regards,


Unit Head

WHO Patient Safety Flagship/

A Decade of Patient Safety 2020-2030

World Health Organization

Geneva, Switzerland


Office: +41 22 791 4660


Comment: We invite discussion on HIFA around patient safety issues in different countries.

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator,