World Patient Safety Day | September 17th

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The Patient Safety Movement Foundation proudly supports the World Health Organization’s World Patient Safety Day every year since 2019 when it was established.

PSMF has hosted and organized the #uniteforsafecare campaign as a way to celebrate the day every year and use the opportunity to educate everyone – patients, family members, frontline clinicians and administrators, and the public!

In 2021, the PSMF aligned with the WHO’s theme – Safe maternal and newborn care – and also focused on the concepts of high reliability to build health systems that strive for safe and reliable care for every patient, every time.

“Over 8,220 people die every day in hospitals worldwide from unsafe care – that’s six people every minute – and the pandemic is making the delivery of safe care even harder,” stated Mayer. “This annual event allows us to bring the community and stakeholders together to raise awareness of this issue and advocate for change to make zero preventable deaths a reality.”

David Mayer, CEO, Patient Safety Movement Foundation

World Patient Safety Day Activities

The following events – throughout 2020 and 2021 – were organized by the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. Click on the timeline to scroll through the different days the #uniteforsafecare campaign was active.

  1. Sep 24, 2021 (Taiwan)

    The Taiwan Patient Safety Culture Club, led by PSMF Ambassador Dr. Mingi Chan Liao, organized one of PSMF’s official Satellite Events in Taichung, Taiwan. They had 300 registered participants that were only able to participate if they were fully vaccinated. The walkers mainly comprised health workers and advocates from over 35 different groups – academic institutions, societies and associations from the area.

  2. Sep 17, 2021 (USA)

    15 passionate patient safety advocates – patients, families and health workers – gathered at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC just before 10am local time to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol building to bring awareness to patient safety. We kept the gathering small due to the pandemic and practiced safe distancing and masking along the way.

  3. Sep 17, 2021 (Nigeria)

    Bayelsa State, Nigeria

    PSMF Healthcare Safety Fellow, Okoyen Ebikapaye (Ebi), participated in several events across the state of Bayelsa to spread the word about World Patient Safety Day.

    He was on a live radio talk show on the Theme of the 2021 World Patient Safety Day, Safe Maternal and Newborn Care. The platform was provided by the Nigerian Medical Association, Bayelsa State Branch.

    Ebi also joined an Advocacy Visit to the Permanent Secretary Bayelsa State Ministry of Health, Nigeria and the State Coordinator of World Health Organization on the need to take action on Patient Safety and Plan activities for the World Patient Safety Day 2021.

    And lastly, Press Briefing by the Hon. Commissioner for Health Bayelsa State Ministry of Health, Yenagoa, Nigeria on the 1st World Patient Safety Day held in the State. In attendance is WHO State Coordinator and other key stakeholders.

    Abuja, Nigeria

    The World Patient Safety Day 2021 was a huge success in Abuja Nigeria. This was a one day program held on 17th September, 2021 as put together by partners as Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Patient Safety Movement Foundation, OSHAfrica, ITUC-Africa, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Labour Congress, Occupational Health and Safety Managers, Patient Safety Learning Hub and Lawyers Arise for People Initiative. The day started with a National Television interview at TVC Breakfast Show.

  4. Sep 14-17, 2021 (Mexico)

    Hospitals and Organizations Across Mexico Light Up Orange!

    Thanks to IMSS, the Mexican Academy of Surgery, ISSEMYM, Hospital Universitario de Puebla BUAP, Hospital General de León, Hospital de Especialidades Pediátrico León, Hospital Materno Infantil de Irapuato,
    Hospital Materno de Celayafor and Hospital Regional Tejupilco for lighting up your buildings orange!

  5. Sep 11-16, 2021 (USA)

    Between September 11th and the 17th our CEO, Dr. David Mayer, hosted a walk between Gettysburg, PA and Washington, DC. A small delegation walked from Pennsylvania, through Maryland and ended up in Washington, DC for the bigger walk in September 17th. Check out some of the photos of the walk below.

  6. Oct 31, 2020

    He was joined by 10 people in our network. He is dedicated to walking across the country and visit every baseball stadium to honor lives lost and help spread awareness. Together we can reach ZERO!

  7. Sep 17, 2020

    Taichung, Taiwan

    The Taiwan Patient Safety Culture Club (TPSCC) one of the PSMF’s partners working to eliminate preventable patient deaths across Taiwan held a walk in Taichung, Taiwan to gather people from various groups – government and academia – related to healthcare. They walked to the National Taichung Theater, the Opera House, and lit it up orange for world patient safety day.

  8. Sep 17, 2020

    Washington, DC

    A group of 20 patients, family members and health workers gathered to raise awareness about patient and health worker safety on World Patient Safety Day. The demonstration began at Freedom Plaza, the group walked down Pennsylvania Avenue and ended at Union Square Park in front of the Capitol Building, 2,000 individual flags were planted during a memorial and tribute to all the patients and health workers who have needlessly died to due preventable medical harm.

    Celebration with PSMF Staff at UCI Medical Center

    The PSMF staff gathered with the leadership and staff from UC Irvine Health at UCI Medical Center in Orange, California. UC Irvine Health went all out to show their support of the #uniteforsafecare campaign and World Patient Safety Day.

    Global Virtual Event

    The PSMF and three co-conveners, the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA), the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) and the Leapfrog Group, hosted the first ever #uniteforsafecare virtual event. To see a full list of speakers click here.


  9. Sep 17, 2020

    #Uniteforsafecare Virtual Event

    On World Patient Safety Day, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation hosted a virtual event to honor the 200,000+ lives lost every year due to medical harm. Over 50 speakers shared their heart-wrenching and heroic stories of survival and loss as well as their professional and personal experiences that will help educate and inspire you to #uniteforsafecare

  10. Sep 16, 2020

    Patient Safety Movement Foundation served as a content collaborator for the National Association for Healthcare Quality’s annual conference, NAHQ NEXT. This conference gathered over 300 patient safety and quality professionals.


  11. Sep 15, 2020

    A group of 14 staff and volunteers gathered at the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach and walked 1.5 miles to the Newport Pier as a 1st amendment demonstration to raise awareness about patient and health worker safety.

  12. Sep 8-17, 2020

    Completed a global virtual physical challenge to raise awareness about patient and health worker safety using the platform, Charity Miles. By September 17, 750 people moved 73,606 miles for patient and health worker safety.



  13. Summer 2020

    We spent extraordinary efforts raising public awareness in the press and on social media throughout the Summer resulting in over 70 articles or tv segments being published and aired. A select few are below; you can click here to see them all.


Satellite Events

You’ll see below the events that took place on/around World Patient Safety Day in 2020 and 2021. Thank you to our supporters who shared the details of these events with us so we could help cross-promote them.

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