African Partnerships for Patient Safety

  • Leicester Lead-Sandra Kemp
  • Gondar Lead - Dr Gashaw Getahun

The APPS project, funded by the World Health Organisation (WHO), is a WHO Patient Safety initiative. It forms part of the WHO response to the increasing commitment and momentum for action on patient safety across Africa. It is a bidirectional initiative involving hospitals in Africa and Europe ensuring patient safety receives prominence within healthcare. 

Our project partners the University of Gondar Hospital, Ethiopia with the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and is funded by the WHO for 3 years.


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This is a World Health Organisation (WHO) Patient Safety initiative and forms part of the UL Department of Health (DOH) and Department of International Development (DFID) global health agenda. The vision was to have safe health care in every country of Africa through sustainable partnerships. A proposal was submitted by Sandra Kemp, University Hospitals of Leicester, in 2009. The mission was to catalyze improvements in Patient Safety, through the use of partnerships and to facilitate the spread of patient safety improvements across and between countries. We were selected to participate along with two other UK Health Trusts.

The project lead for Gondar, Ethiopia, was Dr Gashaw and the project lead for Leicester, UK, was Sandra. After initial training in Geneva, we were asked to prioritise our action areas out of a given 12 and we chose the following 5 to start work on:

Infection Prevention; Health Worker Protection; Waste Management, Safe Surgery and Research. Following this we attended a workshop in Uganda where we agreed a plan of working together over the next 2 years. This plan involved two way visits where training and support would be given.

The funding was extended for a further year and stopped in 2012.

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