Ensuring patient safety is central to developing equitable and stronger health care systems. However, as witnessed during the current pandemic, patient safety is intricately linked with health care worker safety. The physical and psychological well-being of healthcare workers is essential for their safety and the safety of their patients and is the central theme for the WHO’s Patient Safety Day this year. This webinar will engage panelists from the WHO, Africa CDC, Harvard Medical School and UGHE to assess the challenges in protecting the physical and psychological well-being of healthcare workers in the current pandemic and offer solutions in moving forward.
The expert panel will set out to discuss how healthcare worker safety is integral to patient safety, and identify and assess both the challenges in protecting the physical safety and mental health of health care workers in the current pandemic, as well as their access to needed resources (including PPE and psychological counselling). Finally, recommendations for these identified challenges will be evaluated.