IAPO Board Member involved in 'Patients for Patient Safety'

Friday, 16 January 2015

The World Health Organization (WHO)has nominated IAPO Governing Board member Mr. Hussain Jafri as the Vice Chair of the Advisory Group of WHO's Patients for Patient Safety programme (PFPS).

WHO’s Patient Safety Programme was established in response to Resolution WHA55.18, adopted by WHO's 55th World Health Assembly in May 2002. This urged member states to pay the closest possible attention to patient safety and establish science-based systems for improving safety and the quality of care. The resolution reflected and advanced various calls to action to make patient safety a public health priority.

Patients shaping policy

PFPS, a core action within the WHO Patient Safety Programme, is designed to ensure that the perspective of patients and families shapes the important work of the programme and the global patient safety movement. Patients and caregivers have different experiences and journeys to health professionals and can therefore provide unique information. PFPS believes safety can be improved if patients are included as full partners in reform initiatives and learning can be used to inform systemic quality and safety improvements.

Mr. Hussain Jafri is the former Chair and current Governing Board member of IAPO, and we congratulate him on this position.