The following statement was submitted for agenda item 6.6.1 (Global action on patient safety) of the 144th Session of the WHO Executive Board. ISQua are a non-State actor in official relations with WHO
I am delighted to share with you that the WHO Executive Board (EB) 144th session deliberated on the agenda item ‘Global action on patient safety’ on 31 January 2019; and adopted the EB Resolution ‘Global action on patient safety’ (including the establishment of an annual World Patient Safety Day on 17 September) on 1 February 2019; and recommended it for adoption at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2019. This marks the achievement of a major milestone in the global patient safety movement.
We are now reaching a critical stage in the delivery of healthcare. Patient Safety is now a central component of the delivery of healthcare – and we now need to set ambitious goals to eliminate harm. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. Worldwide initiatives have had variable success mainly because it is difficult to achieve standardisation without a change in the way we work. Patient safety needs to become a social movement where there is a groundswell of change and eventually safety becomes the way we do work.
The sixth annual Quality in Healthcare Conference hosted by the Agency for Quality and Accreditation in Health of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AKAZ) took place on December 20th and 21st in Sarajevo. The title this year was “BiH in the EU: Quality as Key to Joining the Circle of the Best.”
ISQua in collaboration with Lucian Leape are launching a new Patient Safety Fellowship Programme available to all current physicians and health care providers from developing countries, or countries in transition, interested in advancing and expanding their expertise in patient safety, with resultant improvement of safety of patients in their local area.
How time flies? Some Two months ago when I started my interning at the WHO headquarters my supervisor cautioned me that I have to make every moment count as the three months allocated for my internship can be so short. And indeed, the time has gone by just like the snap of a finger. Here am I reflecting on the last few weeks of my stay in Geneva.