World Patient Safety Day: 17th September.

September 17, 2019


Patient Safety: a global health priority


On the first-ever World Patient Safety Day on 17 September 2019, WHO will launch a global campaign to create awareness of patient safety and urge people to show their commitment to making healthcare safer.



134 million 

adverse events occur each year due to unsafe care in hospitals in low- and middle income countries, contributing to 2.6 million deaths annually.




of hospital expenses can be attributed to treating patient safety failures in OECD countries.



4 out of 10 

patients are harmed in the primary and ambulatory settings; up to 80% of harm in these settings can be avoided.



Get campaign materials here


Join our global campaign to increase public awareness and engagement and spur global action.


Use WHO’s posters and campaign materials to promote your World Patient Safety Day event found in the link here.


For more information visit the WHO page in the link here.

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