World Patient Safety Day 2020

What is World Patient Safety Day about?


Recognising patient safety as a global health priority, all 194 WHO the Member States at the 72nd World Health Assembly, in May 2019, endorsed the establishment of World Patient Safety Day (Resolution WHA72.6), to be marked annually on 17 September. The objectives of World Patient Safety Day are to increase public awareness and engagement, enhance global understanding, and spur global solidarity and action to promote patient safety.

World Patient Safety Day calls for global solidarity and concerted action by all countries and international partners to improve patient safety. Furthermore, the Day brings together patients, families, caregivers, communities, health workers, health care leaders and policy-makers to show their commitment to patient safety.

World Patient Safety Day in 2019 was a huge success. The theme of the very first World Patient Safety Day was Patient Safety: a global health priority. To promote open communication for learning from errors, and to emphasise the importance of patient safety, the slogan for World Patient Safety Day 2019 was Speak up for patient safety!

This theme was aimed at establishing the legacy of the day and highlighting the importance of prioritising and addressing patient safety globally by all stakeholders. From 2020 and in the coming years, a new theme will be selected each year, raising awareness, and promoting positive change around patient safety priority areas.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled the huge challenges and risks health workers are facing globally, including healthcare-associated infections, violence, stigma, psychological and emotional disturbances, illness and even death. Furthermore, working in stressful environments makes health workers more prone to errors which can lead to patient harm. Therefore, the World Patient Safety Day 2020:


Theme: Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety

Slogan: Safe health workers, Safe patients

Call for action: Speak up for health worker safety!



Register for ISQ 2020, which will be made available on World Patient Safety Day 2020.

International Forum on Perioperative Safety & Quality