Patient safety

Third Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety (2018)

13-14 April 2018, Tokyo, Japan

About 500 participants representing high-level government delegations from Ministries of Health of 44 countries across the world and key international organizations, met on 13-14 April 2018 in Tokyo, Japan, as participants in the Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety 2018, organized by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan with technical support from Germany, UK, and WHO. Under the theme of universal health care and patient safety, the opening keynote – “Patient safety - One of the most important component of health care delivery which is essential to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC)” and five panel discussions addressed the following topics at the Expert Summit on day one:

  • Patient safety culture;
  • Patient safety in an ageing society;
  • Patient safety needs for achieving universal health coverage in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs);
  • Information and communication technology (ICT) for patient safety;
  • Economics of patient safety.

The fifth session also coincided with the launch of the report, “The economics of patient safety in primary and ambulatory care – Flying blind”, produced by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Germany. This was followed by a presentation on Japan’s national patient safety system, giving perspective from the host country.

On the second day at the Ministerial Summit, Ministers/vice-minsters of Health and other high-level delegates from participating countries and representatives from NGOs delivered statements of national and global challenges and progress in patient safety, and expressed their commitment to bring about sustainable change in patient safety and foster international cooperation. A keynote presentation – “Step forward to realize the Global Action on Patient Safety” was followed by a round table session with presentation of the statements.

Bringing the Summit to a close, the “Tokyo Declaration on Patient Safety” was issued. This declaration reaffirms the commitment to improving patient safety globally in order to reduce all avoidable harm and the risk of harm to all patients and people during their interaction with health care systems, whoever they are, wherever they live, by 2030. In addition, the Declaration supports the establishment of World Patient Safety Day to be celebrated annually on 17 September. All high-level delegates from Members States and NGOs endorsed the declaration.

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