Webinar: Patient safety implications during the COVID-19 pandemic - Experiences from countries from the WHO East Mediterranean region

13 July, 2020

(forwarded from WHO WHO Global Patient Safety Network)

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from the WHO Patient Safety Flagship.

This is an announcement of upcoming webinar "Patient safety implications during the COVID-19 pandemic - Experiences from Countries from the WHO East Mediterranean region" on Wednesday, 15 July 2020 at 18:00 – 19:30 Geneva time, 19:00 – 20:30 Riyadh time. This is one of the webinars of the WHO Global Patient Safety Network Webinar series. This webinar is organized by WHO East Mediterranean Office, Saudi Patient Safety Centre, Saudi Arabia, and Oman Ministry of Health. For more information, please see attached the flyer.

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.

Pre-registration is required at


Information of the previous GPSN webinars are available on GPSN webinar page.


Speaker(s) and moderator(s)

Dr Abdulelah Alhawsawi

Director General -Saudi patient Safety Center

Director, WHO Collaborating Centre on patient Safety Policies and Strategies

Saudi Arabia

Dr Rashid Al-Abri

Oman Ministry of Health

Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Quality and Patient Safety Training

Associate Professor & Senior Consultant ENT Surgeon

Sultan Qaboos University



Dr Wail A. Hayajneh

Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Member of Epidemic Committee of Jordan

Jordan University of Science and Technology

Irbid, Jordan

Dr Hussain Jafri

Focal Person on Patients Safety & Quality, Punjab

Vice Chair, WHO Advisory Group, Patients for Patient Safety Program

Chair Elect, World Patients Alliance

Fatima Jinnah Medical University

Lahore, Pakistan

Dr Adel El Taguri

DG Center for Accreditation of Health Facilities (CAHEL)

Community Medicine department, Faculty of Medicine

Tripoli, Libya

WHO speakers

Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari

WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean

Dr Hanan Balkhy

WHO Assistant-Director General for antimicrobial Resistance

Dr Neelam Dhingra

Unit Head, Patient Safety Flagship

WHO HQ, Geneva

Dr Mondher Letaief

Regional Adviser

Quality and Patient Safety

WHO East Mediterranean Office

Thanks for joining and best regards,


Unit Head

Patient Safety Flagship/

Decade of Patient Safety 2020-2030

Integrated Health Services

World Health Organization

Email: dhingran@who.int

Office: +41 22 791 4660

Web: www.who.int/patientsafety


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