World Patient Safety Day (2) Today: Celebration of World Patient Safety Day - 17 September 2021

17 September, 2021

Forwarded from WHO Patient Safety Flagship <>


Join WHO in observing World Patient Safety Day 2021

“Together for safe and respectful maternal and newborn care”

Virtual Global Conference

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Friday, 17 September 2021

14:00 to 18:00 hrs (CEST)

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Interpretation provided in: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish

World Patient Safety Day (WPSD) was established in 2019 by the Seventy-second World Health Assembly to be observed annually on 17 September by the international community. Each year, a new theme is selected to shed light on a priority patient safety area where action is needed to reduce avoidable harm and improve health outcomes.

Considering the significant burden of risks and harm women and newborns are exposed to due to unsafe care, as well as the fact that women’s experiences during childbirth may be affected by issues of gender equity and violence, compounded by the disruption of essential health services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the theme selected for 2021 is “Safe maternal and newborn care” with the slogan “Act now for safe and respectful childbirth!”

On 17 September WHO Patient Safety Flagship organizes Virtual Global Conference “Together for safe and respectful maternal and newborn care” calling upon all stakeholders to join efforts and take urgent and comprehensive actions to ensure safe maternal and newborn care, particularly during childbirth, on the way towards universal health coverage and reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.

Conference Objectives

Raise awareness on the need to prioritize ‘safety’ in the provision of maternal and newborn care

Share initiatives, best practices and experiences in the area of maternal and newborn safety and respectful childbirth

Call for global action to reduce avoidable harm to women and newborns, particularly around the time of childbirth

Advocate the adoption of best practices at the point of care to prevent avoidable risks and harm to all women and newborns during childbirth

Target Audience

The global conference is targeted at diverse stakeholder groups, including women in pregnancy, around the time of childbirth and/or with past experience, their spouses/partners, families and communities, health workers, policy makers or programme managers, health facility managers, patient safety advocates/patient representatives, academic and research institutions, professional associations or labour unions, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, UN agencies, development partners and philanthropic organizations.

Programme of Work

The conference will be opened by WHO leadership and will feature:

Keynote addresses by global patient safety leaders and advocates

Global landscape and stories from the ground on maternal and newborn health and safety

Panel discussions on prioritizing safety in maternal and newborn care in the journey towards universal health coverage and the role of partners

Introduction of World Patient Safety Day Goals 2021

This Confererence is Hosted in Collaboration with Project ECHO

ECHO Resources

COVID-19 activities from ECHO partners around the world

Project ECHO in 90 seconds - Video

Project ECHO One-Pager - Our Story and Model

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Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator,