November 1, 2019

World Patient Safety Day Activities

1.      Media engagement

A week before and during the WPSD week several media activities were conducted to raise awareness about the World Patient safety Day calling out to all key stakeholders to engage in activities to commemorate World Patient safety day. Interviews with health workers, village health teams, patient advocates, teachers, school children and community members were conducted and aired on several radio stations in Uganda. Please find attached below radio clips.


2.    Health workers and medical students’ sessions held on 17th September 2019

CHAIN conducted 4 sessions to discuss the role of health workers in promoting patient safety. These were held in Komamboga health facility, Galaxy Family Medical Centre, Uganda Christian University School of Medicine and Ernest Cook Ultrasound Research and Education Institute (ECUREI).A number of issues were highlighted including the need to recognize the important role that health workers play in reducing harm to patients, despite the several challenges in the healthcare delivery system including among others; inadequate supplies, diagnostic equipment and human resources for health. ”Many times we use clinical symptoms due to lack of diagnostics a situation that may lead to misdiagnosis”, said a health worker.

Medical students decried the unnecessary procedures exposing patients to radiation. They suggested that more patient safety sessions are required.

The doctor-nurse relationship was another issue impacting patient safety. The nurses said that their views are disregarded by the doctors, which could lead to patient harm. They also blamed patient harm to the mushrooming medical training institutions responsible for so many   ill-trained and unqualified health practitioners. They cited poor health literacy among patients and patient caretakers leading to poor seeking behaviors, inability to process and act on doctors’ instructions and unsafe use of medicines. They requested that patient safety should be embedded in their curriculum. The Health Workers pledged to continue playing their role to establish a Patient Safety culture in their institutions. 

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 3.   Patient safety   puzzle competition and hand hygiene session for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) supported by CHAIN- 3rd and 4th September 2019

A puzzle competition on hand hygiene and medication safety was organized for the Orphans and vulnerable children at CHAIN offices in Kiwenda. It was an exciting exercise for the children as they enjoyed while learning. The children also practiced hand washing as this is meant to inculcate a hand hygiene culture among the children from a young age. Please follow the link for the pictures:

4.     Patient, Family and Community activity20th September 2019

CHAIN in partnership with Ministry of Health, Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) and The Uganda Alliance of Patient Organisations (UAPO) organized a one day community activity in Busukuma sub county, Wakiso District in Uganda.

The event started with a match through Kiwenda and Namulonge trading centers and thereafter, convened at a play ground in Namulonge (near Namulonge Health center 111). It brought together patient safety advocates from the Infectious Disease Institute (IDI), CBOs, NGOS, media, community leaders, village health teams, school children from 11 schools with their  teachers and community members. They shared experiences of harm and near miss incidents they have encountered in the process of receiving care. There was a lot of learning and sharing through music, dance and drama focusing on the doctor-patient relationship, communication, medication, injection safety and hand hygiene.

CEHURD, a research and advocacy organization which is pioneering the justiciability of the right to health, talked to participants about patient rights and responsibilities and emphasized the doctor-patient relationship. The organization also provided legal IEC material explaining how patients can address challenges faced while they receive health care.

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