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African Patient Safety Partnership 2013
In 2013, IAPO and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) African Partnerships for Patient Safety (APPS) and Patients for Patient Safety programme (PFPS) are working together on a joint mission to increase patient and community involvement in policy-making and practice on patient safety in Africa.

The joint mission aims to:

• Create robust, patient-centred national health policies on patient safety.

• Increase links between patient representatives, community members, APPS partner hospitals, national health authorities and WHO Country Offices.

• Disseminate knowledge, education and training on patient safety and the importance of patient and community engagement.

• Build support for a WHO resolution on patient safety in the African Region that includes commitment to patient and community involvement in patient safety.

IAPO/APPS/PFPS mission statement

Mission Pilot
The joint mission statement is being piloted in Ghana, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia. A survey was undertaken with participants in the pilot countries to provide a baseline from which to measure the pilot project, to increase patient and community involvement in policy-making and practice on patient safety. The baseline survey report provides an overview of the survey findings.

If you have any questions about this project, email: caroline@patientsorganizations.org

African Partnerships for Patient Safety (APPS)
APPS is a programme within WHO Patient Safety that aims to catalyse improvements in the safety and security of healthcare institutions in Africa through the establishment of hospital to hospital partnerships. A central objective is to facilitate the spread of patient safety improvements across and between countries in Africa. The APPS approach places empowerment and innovation as one of its core building blocks and seeks to strengthen the linkages between patient safety evidence and policy making in the region. Since its inception in 2008, APPS has promoted community engagement as a specific activity in African partnership hospitals to maximise advocacy and contribute to spread and sustainability. In an APPS context, community engagement incorporates engagement with local communities and health stakeholders, civil society, individuals and families directly affected by medical harm, patients and the general public.

Patients for Patient Safety programme (PFPS)
PFPS is a global network of patients, providers, policy-makers and those affected by harm, dedicated to improving healthcare safety through advocacy, collaboration and partnership. Millions of patients around the world are suffering every year due to preventable harm in healthcare and PFPS believes that safety will be improved if patients are placed at the centre of care and included as full partners. Providing a united ‘patient voice’ in the drive to create safe healthcare systems, PFPS promotes patient engagement, empowerment, leadership and involvement in all aspects of healthcare and improvement initiatives.

IAPO is on the core steering group of Patients for Patients Safety (PFPS).

Find out more about IAPO's work with WHO Patient Safety 

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