The Fourth Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety took place in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from 2–3 March 2019. This year’s Summit focused on patient safety in low and middle-income countries and reducing adverse events.
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.
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.
This week at the 40th anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata, the world will assemble at the Global Conference on Primary Health Care, Astana, to recommit to strengthening primary health care for achieving universal health coverage. Safe primary care is key to the attainment of Health for All, with safety being essential to make universal health coverage effective; because even when care is available, quality problems are widespread and take various forms.