The National Thalassemia Welfare Society (NTWS), in association with the Genomics and Public Health Foundation and Youth Thalassemics Alliance, organized a webinar on 19th September to mark the third WPSD to support WHO Global Campaign on Patient Safety. Dr JS Arora, member of the WHO Advisory Group Patients for Patient Safety program, founder of PFPS India and founder-president of NTWS informed the participants about the high maternal and child mortality rates and said that the majority these deaths are avoidable through the provisions of safe and quality care.
Dr Neelam Dhingra, Unit Head, WHO Patient Safety Flagship program 2021-2030 was the chief guest. In her address she said that the vision of Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021-2030 is “a world in which no one is harmed in health care and every patient receives safe and respectful care, every time, everywhere” with the goal of achieving the maximum possible reduction in avoidable harm due to unsafe health care globally.
Dr Aparna Singh Shah, regional adviser at Department of Health systems Developments, WHO South-East Asia Region Office (SEARO), New Delhi was the guest of honor. She highlighted one of the objectives of WHO SEARO is “to assess the nature and scale of adverse events in healthcare and establish systems of learning and reporting.” Others speakers of the webinar included Dr Sanjiv Kumar former Executive Director, NHSRC, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Maj. Gen. Dr Atul Kotwal, executive director NHSRC, Dr Eswara Reddy, Joint Drug Controller General, India, Dr Aparna Sharma from AIIMS, Delhi, Dr Harish Chellani from Safdarjung hospital and Ms Sangeeta Wadhwa, member, WHO advisory group PFPS program. A poster competition was also held on safe maternal care, safe newborn care, and medication safety and winners were awarded certificates and cash prizes.