WHO campaign



The World Patient Safety Day builds on a successful series of Global Ministerial Summits on Patient Safety pioneered in 2016 at London as well as relentless advocacy by leaders from all sectors – politicians, patient champions, patient safety experts and global public health leaders. The establishment of an annual World Patient Safety Day will give an opportunity to providers, seekers and managers of health care services to join a platform and express solidarity and compassion to make health care safer.

The origin of the day is firmly grounded in the fundamental principle of medicine – First, to do no harm.


World Patient Safety Day 2022

Every person around the world will, at some point in their life, take medications to prevent or treat illness. However, medications sometimes cause serious harm if incorrectly stored, prescribed, dispensed, administered or if monitored insufficiently.

Unsafe medication practices and medication errors are a leading cause of avoidable harm in health care across the world.

 Medication errors occur when weak medication systems and human factors such as fatigue, poor environmental conditions or staff shortages affect the safety of the medication use process. This can result in severe patient harm, disability and even death.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has significantly exacerbated the risk of medication errors and associated medication-related harm. It is in this context that ‘Medication Safety’ has been selected as the theme for World Patient Safety Day 2022, with the slogan ‘Medication Without Harm’.


The global campaign reaffirms the objectives of the WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm launched by WHO in 2017. The campaign calls on stakeholders to prioritize and take early action in key areas associated with significant patient harm due to unsafe medication practices. These include high-risk situations, transitions of care, polypharmacy (concurrent use of multiple medications) and look-alike, sound-alike medications.

The campaign will provide a special focus on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for medication safety, considering the serious disruption in the provision of health services.

World Patient Safety Day is one of WHO’s global public health days. It was established in 2019 by the Seventy-second World Health Assembly through the adoption of resolution WHA72.6 – “Global action on patient safety”. Its objectives are to increase public awareness and engagement, enhance global understanding, and work towards global solidarity and action by Member States to enhance patient safety and reduce patient harm.


Geneva landmark lit up in orange to mark World Patient Safety Day 2019


Events & Lightening up monuments on WPSD 2021

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Photos: Aktionsbündnis Patientensicherheit e.V., Berlin;  Charité;  Naidu Memorial Hospital; St. Marien-Hospital Köln; KVWL Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Westfalen-Lippe; Klinikum Forchheim Fränkische Schweiz gGmbH; Puente de la Mujer, Buenos Aires; Torre Monumental & Floralis Generica, Buenos Aires

© Maren Schulz (APS), Susanne Greshake (Charité), Naidu Memorial Hospital, St. Marien-Hospital Köln, KVWL Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Westfalen-Lippe, UKSH, Klinikum Forchheim gGmbH, Boehringer Ingelheim S.A., Buenos Aires-Argentina



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