WHO has initiated the third global patient safety challenge with the theme of medication safety. It is set within the philosophy of patient safety previously developed by the WHO, namely that errors are inevitable and provoked in large part by weak health systems, and so the challenge is to reduce their frequency and impact.
This page contains links to supporting materials related to the challenge.
- Website: WHO 'Medication Without Harm'
- Brochure: WHO global patient safety challenge: Medication Without Harm
- Campaign video: Know. Check. Ask.
- Speech: This is a link to the speech by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization at the 6th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit on 23–25 February 2018 in London, UK.
- Report: the report of the Short Life Working Group on reducing medication-related harm. This report was commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care, in support of WHO's Global Patient Safety Challenge, as a review of the evidence base on medication errors in England to assess the extent and scale of medication error.
- Report: Prevalence and Economic Burden of Medication Errors in the NHS England.