WHO Global campaign: Medication Without Harm

Dear Colleagues,

Building on the launch of the Global Patient Safety Challenge “Medication Without Harm”, WHO has developed a global campaign to increase public awareness of the safety issues related to medication use and the need for safer medication practices.

The campaign was officially kicked off on 10 October 2017 in Brisbane, Australia during a breakfast session at the WHO Western Pacific Regional Committee Meeting.

Please find the campaign products (posters, banners, video, and merchandise) on the webpage here.

The campaign also aims to engage all stakeholders in the development and implementation of strategies for medication safety; and call for global solidarity and concerted action by all countries and international partners for reducing severe, avoidable medication-related harm.

The call for action of the global campaign is “KNOW. CHECK. ASK.” This encourages and empowers both patients and their caregivers, and health care professionals (for example nurses, physicians, pharmacists) to take an active role in ensuring safer medication practices and medication use processes including prescription, preparation, dispensing, administration and monitoring

Campaign materials are available for use free of charge. In case you have any questions or would like to request InDesign files for local production or to these create the products in your own language, please contact us at patientsafety@who.int

In the coming weeks, we will also upload posters in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish languages.

Thanks for distributing, disseminating and publicizing the campaign and Medication Without Harm video also released as part of the campaign.

Dr Neelam Dhingra-Kumar
Coordinator, Patient Safety and Risk Management Unit
World Health Organization