Since their inception, the five “Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety” have proven to be an extremely valuable catalyst for fostering patient safety globally and they’ve become one of the most important platforms for international cooperation in this regard.  

Among the most important advances in recent years, the WHO’s publication of the  first Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021-2030 stands out, a roadmap that is expected to guide member countries in making decisions and implementing different strategies and measures with the aim of safeguarding the safety of care as a central axis of health policies.

The 2023 summit in Montreux marked another milestone in the series. It focused on implementing known measures and interventions. This is crucial to overcome the so-called implementation gap to further advance in strengthening patient safety .  

For the 2024 Summit, Chile posed the challenge of delving into how the different States have managed to implement, develop and give sustainability to different strategies with the purpose of delivering safe health care, facilitating the framework of the seven strategic objectives of the Action Plan Global for patient safety, exchanging experiences on lessons learned in the design and implementation processes, the results obtained and future challenges, in order to translate them into national commitments that imply concrete actions.  

To this end, in addition to addressing emerging challenges and opportunities (such as information technologies and artificial intelligence), Chile proposed addressing the lessons learned and results obtained by different States, considering their particular realities, during the implementation of national or regional strategies related to the development of safety culture in health facilities; andempowerment of patients and families; safety in specific health care processes; resilience of health services in high uncertainty scenarios; education, communication and training of the information team and quality assurance systems.