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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.
The objective of the very first World Patient Safety Day was to raise global awareness about patient safety with the theme “Patient Safety: a global health priority”. Openness and ‘blame-free’ environments are the minimum conditions for enacting a safety culture. Hence, to promote open communication for learning from errors and to emphasize the importance of patient safety, the slogan for World Patient Safety Day 2019 is “Speak up for patient safety!”
For the very first time, on 17 September 2019, World Patient Safety Day was marked with events around the world to raise awareness of the need to establish patient safety as a global health priority. The day brought stakeholders together in an effort to reduce the unintended harm caused by healthcare.
Patient Safety: a global health priority
The WHO theme is "Patient Safety: a global health priority" and the slogan was “Speak up for patient safety.”
The campaign aimed to mobilize patients, health workers, policymakers, academics, researchers, professional networks and the health-care industry to speak up for patient safety.
Lightening up prominent monuments for World Patient Safety Day
All key stakeholders — countries, international and national organizations, and health care facilities were encouraged to develop national and local campaigns adapted to their context, based on the global WHO campaign. One of the key campaign activities was to light up prominent monuments, landmark public spaces, fountains or natural features in cities in orange colour, as part of observing the very first World Patient Safety Day. Further information can be found here:
Further information can be found here:
New released the WHO offers also a broad range of campaign materials such as posters, campaign logo, templates for roll-ups and social media frames. Please visit the WHO campaign site for further information:
Federal Ministry of Health (Germany):
Events & Lightening up monuments around the World on Patient Safety Day 2019
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