The COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled the huge challenges health workers are facing globally. Health workers encounter increased risk of healthcare associated infections, violence, accidents, stigma, illness and death. Furthermore, working in stressful environments exacerbates risks to the physical and mental health and safety of health workers making them more prone to errors which might lead to patient harm.
SARAYA joins the WHO in celebrating this year's World Patient Safety Day with the theme Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety, which focuses on the interrelationship between health worker safety and patient safety, depicted in the slogan 'Safe health workers, Safe patients'. This emphasizes the need for a safe working environment for health workers as a prerequisite for ensuring patient safety. Along with this slogan, WHO is proposing a call for action, Speak up for health worker safety!, which requests urgent and sustainable actions by all stakeholders to recognize and invest in the safety of health workers, as a priority for patient safety.
For more information, you can visit the official World Patient Safety Day page. On there, you will find how you can participate on this day with campaign materials, which you can complement with the original SARAYA posters below: