World Patient Safety Day: what role for HIFA?

18 September, 2020

Dear Neil & HIFA Colleagues,

Yesterday marked World Patient Safety Day, 2020. HIFA members may like to read this commentary by Mwelecele Ntuli Malecela, Director of the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases at the World Health Organization (WHO).

A key quote which stood our for me in terms if HIFA was (with my added emphasis):

"Patient safety is paramount in treating large numbers of individuals. It can be maximized by *providing guidance for, and training of, healthcare providers*; adhering to WHO recommendations on the quality of medicines and on where and how to intervene".

How can HIFA help improve patient safety?

Best wishes


HIFA profile: Julie N Reza is a UK-based specialist in communications for biosciences, global health & international development ( She predominantly works with NGOs and not-for-profit organisations. Previously she was the senior science editor at TDR, based at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva; prior to this she worked at the Wellcome Trust, UK, leading educational projects on international health topics including trypanosomiasis and trachoma. She has a PhD in immunology and a specialist degree in science communication. She also has several years research and postgraduate teaching experience. She is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and HIFA Social Media Working Group.

Email: naimareza AT