Patient Safety / WHO links

  • World Health Organization [WHO]

UHC titleUniversal Health Coverage and Patient Safety & Quality

Click on the above link for a copy of the report released in January 2015 by WHO.  Kisiizi was one of only 5 institutions globally invited to participate in the “learning laboratory” that led to this initial report.  We anticipate it being the foundation of further important work in future.

The WHO Country Representative, Dr. Wondimagegnehu toured Kisiizi and discussed the various programmes we are involved in and was very impressed by what he saw.  He visited various departments and met Sister Agnes, our Patient Safety Nurse, the first such post in Uganda.

Visiting Kisiizi Special Care Baby Unit

Visiting Kisiizi Special Care Baby Unit


apps mapKisiizi Hospital is the only hospital in Uganda in the first wave of the WHO African Partnerships for Patient Safety [APPS] programme.  Kisiizi is partnered with Countess of Chester Hospital in England and there have been many mutually-beneficial exchanges in a range of disciplines including Pharmacy, Radiology, Patient Safety and Nurse Training.


AgnessSUSPFollowing success in our APPS programme Kisiizi was invited to participate as one of five hospitals in Africa in the new Surgical Unit-based Safety Programme run by WHO and supported by Johns Hopkins University.  The only other hospital in Uganda in this programme is the Mulago national referral hospital in Kampala.

In the photo is our newly appointed Patient Safety Nurse, Agness Katwesigye.  This is the first post of its kind in the country and we look forward to improvements in standards with these new programmes.

Kisiizi has featured in the WHO APPS Newsletters:

APPS News autumn 13

APPS news Dec 2013

In addition, because of our Community Health Insurance Scheme with over 35,000 people registered, we are one of 5 worldwide “Learning Laboratories” examining practical ways of getting Universal Health Coverage out to very poor rural populations.

We have now appointed a Patient Safety Nurse, a new innovation, that expands the traditional role of Infection Control Nurse.

Patient Safety Nurse

One valuable advance through the Kisiizi-Chester partnership has been the setting up of a microbiology culture service.

surg checklist

Role play demonstration of the use of the WHO Surgical Checklist by Kisiizi Hospital theatre staff during training of other health institutions in our region

Sam, Dr. Alex (WHO visitor) and Dr. Robert, Consultant Surgeon

Sam, Lead Infection Control Nurse Countess of Chester Hospital, Dr. Alex (WHO visitor from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) and Dr. Robert, Consultant Surgeon cut a cake to celebrate the successful launch phase of the WHO Surgical Unit-based Safety Programme in Kisiizi

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