On September 17, 2021, the Ministry of Health of Russia, together with Roszdravnadzor and in cooperation with the WHO Representative Office in Russia, are planning events dedicated to World Patient Safety Day
For World Patient Safety Day 2021, the theme “Safety in care for mothers and newborns” was chosen due to the high risk and harm burdens women and newborns face from unsafe childbirth care. This problem has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to disruptions in the provision of basic health care due to interrupted supply chains, a lack of access for women to receive the health care they need, and a shortage of qualified health professionals.
It is important to note that even before the COVID-19 pandemic, about 810 women and 6,700 newborns died every day, with the causes of this death most often occurring in the perinatal period (WHO data). In addition, about 2 million cases of stillbirth are recorded every year, with more than 40% during childbirth. In most cases, these deaths and stillbirths can be avoided by ensuring that safe and quality care is provided by skilled health workers who, in turn, have a favorable working environment.
The following slogan was chosen for the information campaign: "It's time to take urgent measures to ensure a safe and dignified birth!" This slogan calls on all stakeholders to accelerate efforts to ensure a safe and dignified birth.
Information about the World Patient Safety Day is posted on the website of the WHO, the Ministry of Health of Russia and Roszdravnadzor in the relevant sections.