SafeCare held a presentation at the 3rd conference organized in Lagos by theSociety for Quality in Healthcare in Nigeria (SQHN) on the 13th and 14th of October 2011. The theme for the Conference was Safety, Standards and Customer Service. A topic that definitely fits the field of expertise of SafeCare. SafeCare has been set-up by PharmAccess, COHSASA of South Africa and Joint Commission International of the US, to test the theory that regardless of resources providers can be guided through a novel, structured program to deliver safer care to their patients.
The conference attracted over 300 attendees from diverse sectors in Nigeria, especially the healthcare sector which saw medical practitioners, nurses, researchers, students, healthcare managers, health maintenance organizations, consultants, government delegates from both Federal and State Ministries of Health as well as members of the Society. The conference provided a platform for selected speakers, local and international, to share best practices within their institutions and the opportunity for lively debate on issues relating to healthcare quality.
The conference was therefore an ideal platform to inform the attendees on the benefits of the stepwise quality improvement program of SafeCare. Professor Tobias Rinke de Wit, Director Advocacy, Technology and Research of PharmAccess, gave a general presentation on the SafeCare Initiative, its approach to quality improvement and its results in Nigeria between 2007 and 2011. The presentations attracted the attention of the audience, leading to several debates in the plenary room and an occasional queue at the SafeCare information stand.
Click here to download the full conference report, with thanks to SQHN.