When is World Patient Safety Day observed? And what are the objectives of world patient safety in 2022?

When is World Patient Safety Day observed?

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World Patient Safety Day is celebrated on September 17 every year to mark the world’s understanding of the safety of patients

World Patient Safety Day

World Patient Safety Day is celebrated on September 17 every year to mark the world’s understanding of the safety of patients.

To mark World Patient Safety Day, 17 September 2021, WHO urges all stakeholders to “Act now for safe and respectful childbirth!” with the theme “Safe maternal and newborn care”. Around 810 women die each day from preventable illnesses related to childbirth and pregnancy. Additionally, 6700 babies die each day which is 47% of all infant deaths. Additionally, around 2 million babies stillborn each year, with more than 40% of them occurring during labour. In light of the immense risk and harm babies and mothers are exposed to through inadequate care, and the disruption to essential health services due to COVID-19 and the COVID-19 pandemic, the campaign has become more crucial this year.

World Patient Safety Day
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Fortunately most stillbirths, as well as newborn and maternal deaths can be avoided with the help of secure and effective care by qualified health professionals who work in supportive settings. This can only be accomplished by the involvement of all parties involved and the implementation of comprehensive health systems and approaches that are based on community.

World Patient Safety Day was created in 2019 to increase awareness of the importance of patient safety as well as increase public participation in the security of health care and to promote initiatives worldwide to improve patient safety and decrease patient harm.

Objectives of World Patient Safety Day 2022:

Increase awareness across the globe on issues surrounding newborn and maternal safety, specifically during childbirth.
Stakeholders from all sides must be involved and adopt innovative and effective strategies to increase the safety of newborns and mothers.
Demand urgent and long-lasting actions from all parties to intensify efforts to reach out to the under-served and provide the safety of newborns and mothers particularly during childbirth.
Promote the adoption of the best practices during the time of care in order to avoid hazards and harm to pregnant women and babies during childbirth.

Celebrating World Patient Safety Day 2022

As the world faces the ongoing difficulties of this COVID-19 disease, an variety of online and offline actions are developed by WHO to commemorate and observe this Day to be celebrated in the month of September, 2021. The most distinctive feature of the worldwide campaign is to light up famous landmarks, monuments and public spaces with the color orange.

WHO appeals to all stakeholders – including governments as well as non-governmental organisations professional associations and civil society organizations as well as patient associations, academia and research institutes to take part in the global effort by lighting famous monuments with orange and organizing national, international as well as local activities and events in the days leading up to 17 September 2021.

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