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Regional Webinar ASIA (including EMRO)

Monday 13th September 2021 at 01:00 pm GMT

The World Patient Safety Day (WPSD) is observed globally on 17th Sept every year. The objectives of WPSD are to increase public awareness and engagement, enhance global understanding, and work towards global solidarity and action by all stakeholders to improve patient safety.The theme of this year’s webinar is SAFE MATERNAL AND NEWBORN CARE

World Patients Alliance (WPA) has initiated a campaign to celebrate WPSD all over the world. The WPSD Webinar for Asian Region (including EMRO) will be held on 13th September 2021 at 01:00 pm GMT.


Monday 13th September 2021 at 01:00 pm GMT

(04:00 pm Saudi time / 06:00 pm Pakistan time / 09:00 pm Malaysia time) Duration: 90 min

1. Welcome&Introduction to World Patients Safety Day Hussain Jafri
2. WHO Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021–2030 Dr. Mondher Letaief
3. Pandemic & Patients Safety in the Region Dr. AbdulelaAlhawsawi
4. Global Patient Safety Challenge ‘Medication Without Harm’ Dr. JS Arora
5. Role of Patients in Patients Safety Manvir Victor
6. Panel Discussion Moderator: Hussain Jafri


Dr. Mondher Letaief
Prof. Dr. Mondher Letaief is the regional adviser at the Health System Development department responsible for Healthcare Quality and Safety programme at the WHO EMRO. Dr. Mondher Letaief is also a Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Uuniversity Hospital of Monastir, Tunisia and his areas of expertise cover quality and patient safety improvement (training, research, implementation of QI interventions and assessment) as well as preventive medicine and public health. Before joining the WHO, Dr. Letaief remained regional director of health in Monastir, Tunisia and also led the coordination of a national research unit on quality and patient safety as well as several academic and international educational activities in the field of public health and healthcare management. Dr. Letaief is also a member of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) JCI advisory council, the advisory board of the MENA Health Policy Forum and the JCI Editorial Advisory Board. He is member of the editorial board of the Journal of Patient safety and Risk Management, expert reviewer for the International Society for Quality in Healthcare, reviewer for several international journals. He published more than 60 papers in peer reviewed international journals.

Abdulelah Alhawsawi
Dr. Abdulelah Alhawsawi, is the Former – founding Director General of the Saudi Patient Safety Center (SPSC), and MOH Advisor on Patient Safety. He led the efforts to establishing SPSC as a WHO Collaborating Center for patient safety policies and strategies (1 of only 5 WHO cc worldwide in this field). He holds Dual Certified Boards (American – Canadian) of general surgery with sub-specialty in Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery.He is a consultant to several national and international quality and safety organizations and recently became a board member and Vice President of the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) as well as an adviser to American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) international. He was part of the Expert Panel on the 3rd Global Patient Safety Challenge of the WHO and chaired the Organizing Committee for the 4th Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2019. Dr. Alhawsawi has helped introduce Patient Safety as a G20 priority in the 2020 G20 of Saudi Arabia.Dr. Alhawsawi is part of the WHO Global Patient Safety Action Plan Taskforce Member.

J.S. Arora
Dr. J.S. Arora is the General Secretary of National Thalassemia Welfare Society & Federation of Indian Thalassemia. He is a Patients for Patients Safety (PFPS) Champion since 2007 and is also serving as a member of the Advisory Group of WHO’s Patients for Patients Safety Program since 2014. Dr. Arora is the founder member of Indian Alliance of Patient Groups as well founding trustee of the Genomics And Public Health Foundation. He has previously served as Coordinator of Thalassemia Cell, DHS, Delhi as well as member of Hospital Advisory Committee, DDU Hospital, Delhi and State VAT Advisory committee, Delhi. He is also been the co-author of several publications including Florilegium of Thalassemia, postgraduate text book of Pediatrics and Care & Control of Thalassemia: In the New Millennium” 2000.

Manvir Victor
Manvir Victor was a renowned radio DJ in Malaysia, when he was stricken with kidney failure in 2002. His healthcare experience from diagnosis, 10 years of dialysis, and finally organ transplant, motivated him to become an active patient advocate. He became the founding Chairman of Patients for Patient Safety in Malaysia, where, for over 6 years, he has provided consultation to healthcare organizations on integrating patients into their organization. He also sits on the Malaysia National Patient Safety Council, is a board member for a WHO Global Advisory Group on Patient and Family Communications, and is a member of the British Medical Journal’s Patient Advocacy Panel. Manvir speaks to thousands each year in conferences, advocating for healthcare providers to *listen* to their patients and utilize them to better systems and processes within their organizations. He advocates for all health workers to act with genuine compassion toward their patients, for its only then that patients are able to fully trust them with their lives

Hussain Jafri
Hussain Jafri is the founding Director and Chair Elect of World Patients’ Alliance. He is also the Secretary General of Alzheimer’s Pakistan, the national association of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias that Hussain founded in 1999 as a result of his experiences as a care giver for his grandfather with Alzheimer’s Disease. He has been very active in the field of patient safety and is currently the Vice Chair of Advisory Group of WHO’s Patients for Patients Safety Program (PFPS). Hussain has also founded Pakistan Patient Safety Initiative and has been working towards several patient safety initiatives. The Government of the Punjab has also nominated him the Provincial Focal Person on Patients Safety & Quality and given the responsibility of developing patients safety and quality services in the health sector of the Punjab province.

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Sep 13 2021


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