September 23, 2020

World Patient Safety Day 2020

In May 2019 Patient safety was recognized as a global health priority by the 72 nd  World Health Assembly. It Adopted the WHA resolution on ‘Global Action on Patient Safety’, and Endorsed the establishment of World Patient Safety Day, to be observed annually on 17 September. AND also Recognized “Patient safety as a global health priority”. On Thursday 17 th  September 2020, the world will again commemorate World Patient Safety Day(WPSD). This year’s theme is Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety Slogan: Safe health workers, Safe patients And a Call for action: Speak up for health worker safety!

Why Health worker safety?

According to WHO, the COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled the huge challenges and risks health workers are facing globally including health care associated infections, violence, stigma, psychological and emotional disturbances, illness and even death. Furthermore, working in stressful environments makes health workers more prone to errors which can lead to patient harm.

World Patient Safety Day 2020 will bring together health workers, patients, families, care-givers, communities, health care leaders and policy-makers, all showing commitment to health worker safety and patient safety. Health workers include all people engaged in actions whose primary intent is to enhance health. The year 2020 has been designated as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

The WPSD activities this year due to Covid 19 will be mainly virtual with limited face to face interactions. These will include among others; media engagement promoting health worker safety and patient safety. CHAIN is on the Ministry of Health World Patient Safety Day organizing committee where MoH in partnership with WHO, JICA, UMCHIP, CHAIN and other partners is planning to hold a one-day event for 50  key healthcare stakeholders to be officiated by the minister of health.. It is also organizing Zoom meetings for District Health officers from different regions. Lighting up of the new source of the Nile bridge as the monument of the day. At community level, CHAIN will engage 10 Village Health teams and 10 Private Health practitioners in Busukuma subcounty to brain storm on how patients and health workers can work together to ensure the safety of health workers and patients. WPSD awareness messages by officials from ministry of health, Directors of hospitals, health workers, regulatory authorities, supply chain organisations and patient safety champion are being aired on radio stations in different languages with support from CHAIN and its partners including National Drug Authority, Medical Access Uganda and Uganda Alliance of patients organisations.