Thalassaemia International Federation

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Meeting: 
144th session of the Executive Board<br>24 January - 1 February 2019
Agenda Item: 
6.6.1 Global action on patient safety
Statement: 

The International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO) and Thalassaemia International Federation (TIF) welcome the Director-General’s report EB144/29 ‘Patient Safety. Global action on patient safety’.

We concur with the assertion of the Director-General that any progress made in improving access to health care by setting up universal health coverage will have the benefits of this increased access to health care undermined by service structures, cultures and/or behaviours that inadvertently harm patients and may lead to fatal consequences. Global action on patient safety will enable universal health coverage to be delivered while reassuring communities that they can trust their health care systems to keep them and their families safe.

IAPO and TIF urge the Executive Board and Member States to particularly take note of Section 17 of the EB144/29 and recognise that patients and care givers are the co-producers of health. They have a central role in ensuring safe people-centred health care. Engaging patients and caregivers is a key to the provision of safe care. Action must be taken to empower them and build their capacities as informed and knowledgeable health care partners.

The Executive Board is now invited to note the whole report and to provide guidance in support of advancing global action on patient safety. The Board is urged to focus its attention on:

• raising global awareness of patient safety as a growing public health challenge
• establish appropriate policies and strategies for improving the safety of the health care sector
• share best practices in patient safety and encouraging mutual learning to enhance national capacity

IAPO and TIF look forward to continuing working closely with WHO and all stakeholders in achieving a patient-centered and safe universal health coverage for all.