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Regional Webinar (LATIN AMERICA)

All Presentations in Spanish Language Thursday 9th September 2021, 12-2:30 pm, Mexico City

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.

World Patients Alliance (WPA) has initiated a campaign to celebrate WPSD all over the world. The WPSD Webinar for Latin America will be held on 9th September 2021 from 12-2:30 pm Central Daylight Time.


Thursday 9th September 2021 12-2:30 pm CDMX

(11:00 am CostaRica/ 01:00 pm Eastern US / 02:00 pm Uruguay)

1. Welcome Karla Ruiz de Castilla
2. Introduction to World Patients Safety Day Helen Haskell
Evangelina Vazquez
3. “Salud maternal e infantil” (Maternal and infanthealth) Evangelina Vazquez
4. “Seguridad del paciente y derechos humanos” (Patient safety and human rights) Randall Madrigal
5. “Factores humanos en la medicina” (Human factors in medicine) Edita Falco
6. “Autonomía y liderazgoen mi rolcomopaciente, la clave para una medicaciónmássegura” (Autonomy and leadership in my role as a patient, key for a safer medication) Angela Caro
7. Discussion panel Moderator: Evangelina Vazquez


Evangelina Vazquez Curiel
Mexico DF, Mexico

  • Director, Mexican Network of Patients
  • General Coordinator,Pan American Network of Patients for Patient Safety
  • Global Patients for Patient Safety Advisory Group

Evangelina Vazquez Curiel is a graduate of the Faculty of Science at the Autonomous University of Mexico in the career of Physics. She has a Masters in Materials Science and completed a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering.
In 1995, she had her first child. During birth and postpartum both she and her baby suffered several adverse events, the last related to nosocomial infection. In 1996, she began working for Patient Safety, promoting prevention of nosocomial infections in Mexico City.In November 2005, she took part in the initial global workshop of Patients for Patient Safety in England, where the Declaration of London was written. Here Prof. Vazquez became a Patients for Patient Safety champion and part of the founding of the Patients for Patient Safety team.

Since 2006, Prof. Vazquez has participated in workshops, global, regional and national events of Patient Safety.In 2008, she founded the Mexican Network of Patients, which she directs. This same year saw the beginning of the Pan American Network of Patients, of which she is General Coordinator. In 2009, she represented the patient's voice in the global launch of the campaign “Save Lives: Clean Your Hands."

She has written articles on patient participation, patient safety and prevention of nosocomial infections. She is co-author of books including “Nursing and Patient Safety" and the “Handbook for the prevention and control of infections associated with health care." She collaborated in the chapter “Patients for Patient Safety" in the Textbook of Patient Safety and Clinical Risk Management. Recently in 2020 she was a member of the external peer review group for the WHO rapid advice guide “Use of Chest imaging in COVID-19.” Currently she is a member of the WHO Global Advisory Group for Patients for Patient Safety.

Randall Madrigal Madrigal
San José, Costa Rica

  • Coordinator, Health Law Commission of the Costa Rican Bar Association
  • Professor of Pharmaceutical Legislation, University of Costa Rica
  • Deputy Coordinator, Pan American Network of Patients for Patient Safety

Lawyer and Notary Public from the University of Costa Rica (2002).

Former lawyer of the Directorate of Legal Affairs of the Ministry of Health, where he provided legal advice to the National Health Research Council and the General Auditor of Health Services of that Ministry, of which he is co-writer of its regulations.

Certified mediator in health conflicts by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Costa Rica.

He is currently a lawyer for the College of Pharmacists of Costa Rica, College of Dental Surgeons of Costa Rica and College of Optometrists of Costa Rica.

Professor and coordinator of the chair of Pharmaceutical Ethics and Legislation at the University of Medical Sciences (Ucimed) and professor of Pharmaceutical Legislation at the University of Costa Rica.

Coordinator of the Health Law Commission of the Costa Rican Bar Association.

Member of the Patients for Patient Safety program of the World Health Organization (WHO) and deputy coordinator of the Pan American Network of Patients for Patient Safety.

Member of the Ibero-American Association of Health Law.

Edita Falco de Torres
Montevideo, Uruguay

  • Faculty of Medicine, University of the Republic
  • Specialized in General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery
  • Semiannual Visiting Professor, New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital 1992-2003.

My story: I met Prof. Lucian Leape at two lectures he gave at APA and eAPSA annual meetings. From the latter I was led to start a new career that I owe to IHI OPEN SCHOOL, CONAMED and IMPROVE DX; and above all to practice medicine with another vision, one that allows for foreseeing incidents, working effectively as a team, and recognizing error.

Hence the importance of spreading these principles and living them. We have brought the issue to our country, not without encountering initial resistance, thanks to the Continuing Medical Education Commission of the SMU, and to the interest of hospitals and scientific societies as well as sister countries Argentina, Paraguay and México.

But nursing cares more than medicine about knowing and applying safety principles. Doctors don't know what they are missing.

Angela Caro Rojas
Bogotá, Colombia

  • Pharmacist, Epidemiologist
  • Director, Pharmaceutical Chemistry Career, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
  • President, Colombian Association of Pharmacovigilance

More than 15 years of experience, she is an international consultant and lecturer in pharmacovigilance, safe use of medications and medical devices, patient safety, management of information sources and patient education, including standards for national and international accreditation (JCI), with experience as a teacher in the same areas. Member of Research Ethics Committees, Founding Member and President of the Colombian Association of Pharmacovigilance, International Society of Pharmacovigillance (ISoP) Board Member, and ISoP Special Interest Group (SIG) “Medication errors" Co-chair. ISoP SIG Risk Communication member and ISoP SIG coordinator. Founding member of Latin American Network of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare Systems (RELAESA). Currently Pharmacy Career Director in Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

Lic. Karla Ruiz de Castilla
Lima, Peru

  • Director of ESPERANTRA
  • Board member, World Patients Alliance

Karla Ruiz de Castilla, Director of ESPERANTRA, holds a master’s degree in economics and administration from “La Sapienza” University of Rome; she has followed a specialization in health technology assessment(HTA) from the University of Piura. Karla is an expert in health advocacy.

She is a board member of the World Patients Alliance, a patient organization that includes over 315 patient organizations from more than 100 countries. She is also the founder of the Latin American Union Against Lung Cancer ULACPUL and the first South American country champion of the Union for International Cancer Control UICC. She has collaborated for more than 10 years to improve the safety and quality of life of cancer patients, contributing to the recognition of the voice and participation of patients as a fundamental part in decision-making in health and medicine centered on the patient. Karla is an international speaker and leader in “expert patient” training programs.

For more information, please contact at office@worldpatientsalliance.org


Sep 09 2021


12:30 pm