Celebrating World Patient Safety Day – Friday 17 September 2021 September 17, 2021

International Women’s Health Organisations Recognise World Patient Safety Day

Today, our organisations – which represent specialists in obstetrics and gynaecology around the world – come together to celebrate World Patient Safety Day, with a particular focus on this year’s theme of safe maternal and newborn care. As organisations dedicated to high quality and timely prenatal, perinatal and postpartum care for pregnant people, we are pleased to collectively join the call to ‘act now for safe and respectful childbirth.’

Around the world, nearly 1,000 people die each day from complications during and after pregnancy. Many of these deaths could be prevented by evidence-based medicine, a commitment to a culture of safety in the delivery room, policies that promote and protect patient access, and the respectful provision of care.

On this World Patient Safety Day, our organisations speak with one voice to call for patient-centred care to be delivered equitably to patients around the world, from pre-pregnancy to postpartum. This requires support from government entities and policymakers, as well as collaboration throughout the medical community. In particular, it demands that attention be given to those who face pregnancy in high-risk areas – due to war, racism, violence, hunger, and other strife – and the unique challenges that they face.

The physiological impact of pregnancy is significant and complex, and we all agree that no pregnant person should die a preventable death, whether it be from haemorrhage, infection, hypertension or heart disease. We are grateful to the World Health Organization for its attention to the importance of maternal health for families everywhere.

As the world witnesses the largest global pandemic in the modern era, we have seen the importance of solidarity and collaboration in support of public safety and the greater good of communities. On World Patient Safety Day, we encourage our nations, leaders, neighbours and partners to apply the same approach to maternal and newborn care and the crisis of maternal mortality around the world.

Co-signatories

African Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Asia & Oceania Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Cambodian Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Colombian Federation of Obstetrics y Gynecology

Czech Gynecological and Obstetrical Society

Danish Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology

European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Federation of Portuguese Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology

French National College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Gynecological Society of Uruguay

Institute of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of the Royal College of Physicians Ireland

International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Iraqi Society of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Italian Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Korean Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Latin American Federation of Societies of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Lebanese Society of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Lithuanian Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Mexican Federation of Societies of Gynaecology and Obstetrics

Mongolian Association of Obstetrics Gynecology and Neonatology

Myanmar Medical Association

Nepal Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Bangladesh

Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Hong Kong

Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia

Philippine Obstetrics and Gynecological Society

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Rwanda Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Society of Estonian Gynaecologists

Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada

Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Pakistan

South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

South Asian Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Swedish Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Tunisian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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