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Evangelina Vazquez Curiel - World Patients Alliance

Evangelina Vazquez Curiel graduated from the Faculty of Science at the Autonomous University of Mexico with a degree in Physics. She holds a Master’s in Materials Science and completed her PhD in Science.

In 1995, she experienced several adverse events during the birth and postpartum period of her first child, with the latest incident related to Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs).

Starting in 1996, Vazquez dedicated her efforts to Patient Safety, actively promoting the prevention of HAIs in Mexico City. In November 2005, she participated in the Global Workshop PFPS in England, where the Declaration of London was drafted. It was during this event that she became a champion and a valuable member of the PFPS team.

Since 2006, Vazquez has actively participated in workshops, global, regional, and national events on Patient Safety. In 2008, she founded and currently directs the Mexican PFPS Network. That same year, the Pan American PFPS Network was established, with Vazquez serving as the General Coordinator.

In 2009, she represented the patient’s voice in the global launch of the campaign “Save Lives: Clean Your Hands." Beyond her advocacy work, Vazquez has authored articles on patient participation, patient safety, and the prevention of HAIs. She is a co-author of books such as “Nursing and Patient Safety” and the “Handbook for the Prevention and Control of Infections Associated with Health Care.” She also contributed to the chapter “Patients for Patient Safety” in the Textbook of Patient Safety and Clinical Risk Management.

In 2020, she served as a member of the external review group, peer-reviewing the rapid advice guide “Use of Chest Imaging in COVID-19" for the World Health Organization (WHO). Since 2014, she has been a member of the Global Advisory Group of Patients for Patient Safety at WHO and currently works as a reviewer for WHO’s COVID-19 and influenza guidelines.