Inter-Regional Technical Consultation on Best Practices in Patient Safety & Quality of Care Concludes

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The activities of the Inter-Regional Technical Consultation on Best Practices in Patient Safety & Quality of Care in Africa and Asian-Pacific Regions concluded today at Al-Wahat club.

The Inter-Regional Conference was jointly organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) – HQ and WHO – Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) in collaboration and support from the government of Oman and Japan. It aims to bridge the field of patient safety and quality of care in four WHO regions: African Region, Eastern Mediterranean Region, South-East Asia Region and Western Pacific Region. The consultation is part of the initiative for establishing the WHO Global Patient Safety and Quality Network, and responds to an increasing high-level interest for strengthening patient safety and quality of care across the World. The first step of this initiative is focused on the African and Asia Pacific regions. A total of 100 participants and experts including senior policy makers from ministries of health, representatives from key institutions and agencies, as well as stakeholders in patient safety and quality of care have joined this consultation. The consultation came up with a number of recommendations, such as Leadership commitment for patient safety, Evidence to inform policies and practice, Knowledge and reinforced technical capacity, effective communication means, Patient empowerment and engagement for patient safety and encourage best practices sharing and applying.