Patient safety

Online seminar: The WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist Collaboration

8 May 2013

The WHO team was pleased with the high interest from all around the world for the online seminar which was held on 8 May 2013. Thank you to all who registered, attended and took part in the discussion!

Our system recorded 280 attendees from 55 countries (with various duration of participation). The highest participation rate was from Spain, the United States of America, Brazil, Portugal and Mexico. Participants represented a wide range of facilities, including universities, hospitals, research organizations, WHO Regional and Country Offices, Ministries of Health, midwifery schools, other type of health-care facilities and many more institutions.

Presentations and recording of the online seminar

Dr Itziar Larizgoitia, WHO Patient Safety Programme
Dr Severin von Xylander, WHO Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health

Here is a summary of the seminar:

Dr Itziar Larizgoitia from Patient Safety Programme opened the session with a brief introduction of the outline of the seminar.

Dr Severin Von Xylander from the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health gave an overview of the major causes of maternal and child death. He then presented the background to the development of the Safe Childbirth Checklist and reviewed the items of the Checklist. The results of the pilot field test in one site in India were briefly presented and the next steps in the programme were highlighted. Harvard School of Public Health is currently conducting a randomized controlled clinical trial (Better Birth Trial) in 120 hospitals in Uttar Pradesh in India, with the strategic advice of WHO.

WHO launched the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist Collaboration in November 2012 with the aim of expanding the pilot testing to learn about the effective conditions for the implementation of the Checklist in different settings around the world. Dr Larizgoitia explained the scope, principles and expected outcomes of the Collaboration as well as the registration process. The designated platform for the Collaboration is the Collaboration SharePoint that hosts the full version of the Checklist and the Manual plus other resources. The SharePoint is available to institutions who are registered in the Collaboration.

At the last part of the online seminar, the speakers answered a number of interesting questions and comments that were raised by the participants.