Recognizing patient safety as a global health priority, all 194 WHO Member States at the 72nd World Health Assembly, in May 2019, endorsed the establishment of World Patient Safety Day (Resolution WHA72.6), to be marked annually on 17 September.
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.
Therefore, the World Patient Safety Day 2020:
Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety
Safe health workers, Safe Patients
Call for action:
Speak up for health worker safety
Objectives of World Patient Safety Day 2020
- Raise global awareness about the importance of health worker safety and its interlinkages with patient safety
- Engage multiple stakeholders and adopt multimodal strategies to improve the safety of health workers and patients
- Implement urgent and sustainable actions by all stakeholders which recognize and invest in the safety of health workers, as a priority for patient safety
- Provide due recognition of health workers’ dedication and hard work, particularly amid the current fight against COVID-19
Illuminate a Monument in Orange
During these unprecedented times, a combination of virtual and other activities is being planned by WHO to observe and celebrate the Day in September. The signature mark of the global campaign is to light up iconic monuments, landmarks, and public places in orange colour, in collaboration with local authorities. This will also be a gesture of respect and gratitude to all health workers.