Patient safety

World Patient Safety Day

No one should be harmed in health care. Yet thousands of patients across the world suffer avoidable harm, or are put at risk of injury, while receiving health care every single day.

The Seventy-second World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA 72.6 ‘Global action on patient safety’ on 25 May 2019. The resolution recognizes patient safety as a global health priority and endorses the establishment of World Patient Safety Day, to be observed annually on 17 September, thus underlining global solidarity and commitment to making health care safer.

World Patient Safety Day will call for global solidarity and concerted action by all countries and international partners. Furthermore, the Day will bring together patients, families, caregivers, communities, health workers, health care leaders and policy-makers to show their commitment to patient safety.

World Patient Safety Day 2019

Theme and slogan of the very first World Patient Safety Day

The theme of the very first World Patient Safety Day to be observed globally on 17 September 2019 is Patient Safety: a global health priority. To promote open communication for learning from errors and to emphasize the importance of patient safety, the slogan for World Patient Safety Day 2019 is Speak up for patient safety!

“Speak up for Patient Safety!” - Watch the WHO Director General’s statement


On the first-ever World Patient Safety Day, WHO will launch a global campaign to create awareness of patient safety and urge people to show their commitment to make health care safer. All key stakeholders — countries, international and national organizations and health care facilities are encouraged to develop national and local campaigns adapted to their context, based on this global campaign.

This year, we are encouraging institutions and countries to light up prominent monuments in the colour orange, on 17 September. A few examples of monuments which will be lit up are the Jet d’Eau in Geneva, headquarters of WHO, the Giza pyramids outside Cairo, Egypt, The Kuala Lumpur Tower in Malaysia and the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge in Boston, USA, in recognition of the first World Patient Safety Day.

Join us in celebrating the Day: your involvement, support, and enthusiasm will help to ensure a wide impact for World Patient Safety Day 2019.