17 September marks World Patient Safety Day and for the year 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights the theme of "Safe Maternal and Newborn Care". At ANDORRA, our guests' safety and health are our utmost priority. The WHO calls on all stakeholders to accelerate the actions necessary for ensuring safe and respectful childbirth. Even before the pandemic, about 810 mothers and 6700 newborns died per day, with the causes mostly happening during childbirth. Every year, almost 2 million babies are stillborn, with over 40% of them happening during labour. The majority of these deaths and stillbirths may be avoided if competent health care workers provided safe and high-quality treatment in a supportive atmosphere. Because maternity care is influenced by concerns of gender equity and violence, women's experiences during childbirth can either empower them or cause them harm and emotional anguish.
ANDORRA works hard to make sure our hospital creates a safe haven for mothers delivering their babies healthily while providing emotional, physical, health or spiritual support if needed. ANDORRA Women & Children Hospital (AWCH) was built from a foundation of "By Women For Women" and in support of AWCH's Founder, Dr Khamsiah Muda's beliefs, she stated before that only women can understand the wishes and the heart of another woman. She wanted mothers out there to feel understood, empowered and accepted as they deserve nothing but the best treatment possible because of their sacrifices to bring a new life into this world safely. ANDORRA also tries to empower our maternity guests to be confident mothers and would guide them along the way from early pregnancy to postnatal care, encouraging the mothers to take care of their health and lifestyle as well.
By Women For Women. - Dr Khamsiah Muda, Founder
As stated by WHO, the objectives of World Patient Safety Day 2021 are:
Raise global awareness on the issues of maternal and newborn safety, particularly during childbirth.
Engage multiple stakeholders and adopt effective and innovative strategies to improve maternal and newborn safety.
Call for urgent and sustainable actions by all stakeholders to scale up efforts, reach the unreached and ensure safe maternal and newborn care, particularly during childbirth.
Advocate the adoption of best practices at the point of care to prevent avoidable risks and harm to all women and newborns during childbirth.
ANDORRA will move forward and keep improving Patient Safety practices at our hospital even during this pandemic. It is crucial that we provide a safe place for Malaysians, for generations to come.
Source: World Patient Safety Day 2021, https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2021/09/17/default-calendar/world-patient-safety-day-2021