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The areas of safety and quality of care cover a huge range of policies, strategies and interventions in various fields that contribute to improved health service delivery and population health. Multiple stakeholders are active in this field to provide a wealth of experience, best practices and lessons learned to share with the network.

Recognizing the large burden of harm (physically, psychologically, and economically) that results from adverse events, and acknowledging the importance of patient safety in delivering quality and efficient care to patients worldwide, WHO has created the WHO Global Patient Safety (GPS) Network. The aim is to provide a global platform for sharing experiences, approaches, resources, ideas, and opportunities for bilateral and multilateral collaboration in order to support health care improvement efforts.

The WHO GPS Network aims to connect actors and stakeholders from national and international patient safety organization; ministries of health, focal points at all levels from WHO Member States and WHO offices and key partners. The secretariat of this network is hosted by the Patient Safety and Risk Management Unit (previously Patient safety and Quality Improvement) in the Service Delivery and Safety Department at the WHO headquarters in Geneva.