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Theme announced for World Patient Safety Day (WPSD) 2020

The World Health Organization has announced the theme for World Patient Safety Day (WPSD) 2020. Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety has been selected as the theme for World Patient Safety Day 2020, which focuses on the interrelationship between health worker safety and patient safety, depicted in the slogan Safe Health Workers, Safe Patients’. This emphasizes the need for a safe working environment for health workers as a prerequisite for ensuring patient safety. Along with this slogan, WHO is proposing a call for action, Speak Up for Health Worker Safety!, which requests urgent and sustainable actions by all stakeholders to recognize and invest in the safety of health workers, as a priority for patient safety. The year 2020 is also the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, and the theme of World Patient Safety Day 2020 is very much aligned with its objectives.

The global campaign for World Patient Safety Day 2020 proposes call for action to key target audience for WPSD 2020. National governments, international organizations, professional associations, academic institutions, civil society organizations and health care facilities are encouraged to adapt and develop national and local campaigns. The signature mark of the global campaign is to light up iconic monuments, landmarks, and public places in orange colour, in collaboration with local authorities. This will also be a gesture of respect and gratitude to all health workers.

To read more, please visit the event page for World Patient Safety Day 2020:

https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2020/09/17/default-calendar/world-patient-safety-day-2020

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