Every year on September 17th, World Patient Safety Day (WPSD) established by World Health Assembly, celebrated annually to raise global awareness about patient safety and to encourage all countries and international partners to take action to reduce patient harm. The focus of the Patient Safety programme is on the prevention and reduction of healthcare risks, errors and harms to patients.
World Patient Safety Day, along with World Tuberculosis Day, World Health Day, World Chagas Disease Day, World Malaria Day, World Immunization Week, World No Tobacco Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Hepatitis Day, World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, and World AIDS Day, is one of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 11 official global public health campaigns.
The goal of World Patient Safety Day is to raise public participation, to improve global understanding and to inspire worldwide unity and action to promote patient safety. A new theme is chosen annually to highlight a key area of patient safety where action is necessary to eliminate preventable health harm and to achieve universal health coverage.
Theme of World Patient Safety Day 2021
2021 Theme: Safe maternal and Newborn care with Slogan – Act now for safe and respectful childbirth
Every day, almost 810 women die from pregnancy and childbirth-related causes that may have been avoided. Moreover, approximately 6700 newborns die every day, 47% of all under-5, respectively. In addition, almost 2 million babies are still born every year, with a workload of over 40 percent. The campaign is all the more important this year since it takes into consideration the significant importance of risks and harms women and newborns face owing to uncertain care and the disruption of the basic health services caused by COVID 19.
Since gender equity and violence also affect the experiences of women in childbirth, World Patient Safety Day emphasizes the vital concept of respectful care and its connection to safety.
Objectives of World Patient Safety Day 2021
Increase global awareness of maternal and newborn safety issues, particularly during childbirth.
Improve maternal and infant safety by involving many stakeholders and implementing effective and innovative initiatives.
All stakeholders must take immediate and long-term action to scale up efforts, reach the unreached, and provide safe maternal and newborn care, especially during childbirth.
To eliminate preventable risks and harm to all mothers and newborns during childbirth, advocate for the adoption of best practises at the point of care.