Africa, Sub-Saharan

African Partnerships for Patient Safety: Lessons learned

Shams Syed

Programme Manager, World Health Organization

This post was originally published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

In the last six years I have had the privilege of shaping and leading the implementation of a WHO program focused on improving patient safety in Africa through the use of hospital partnerships. African Partnerships for Patient Safety (APPS) has been implemented through a phased approach aimed at continuous refinement. In this article, I summarize the journey and reflect on key implications on the use of institutional health care partnerships for global patient safety improvement.

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Jude Thaddeus Ssensamba

Quality Improvement Officer, Uganda, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

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