September 17 is World Patient Safety Day, and this year the theme is “Safe maternal and newborn care”, with WHO urging stakeholders to “Act now for safe and respectful childbirth”. Approximately 810 women die each day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth (WHO), and around 6,700 newborns die every day. Each year, nearly 2 million babies are stillborn, and 40% occur during labor. With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting essential health services, this campaign is more important than ever.
The majority of stillbirths and maternal and newborn deaths, however, are avoidable through the provision of safe and quality care by skilled health professionals working in supportive environments. This can be achieved through the engagement of all stakeholders, as well as the adoption of comprehensive health systems and community-based approaches.
Objectives of World Patient Safety Day 2021:
- Raise global awareness on the issues of maternal and newborn safety, particularly during childbirth.
- Engage multiple stakeholders and adopt effective and innovative strategies to improve maternal and newborn safety.
- Call for urgent and sustainable actions by all stakeholders to scale up efforts, reach the unreached and ensure safe maternal and newborn care, particularly during childbirth.
- Advocate the adoption of best practices at the point of care to prevent avoidable risks and harm to all women and newborns during childbirth.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, a number of virtual events are planned to bring awareness to the theme of this year’s World Patient Safety Day.The signature mark of the global campaign is to light up iconic monuments, landmarks, and public places in the color orange.
Maternal and newborn patient safety is a global health priority, and MCN Healthcare is committed to helping health professionals provide the best possible care to patients.
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