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Post00778 Policy Launch & SIGN meeting on 23-24 Feb 2015    26 November 2014

1. Injection safety policy launch & SIGN meeting 23-24 February 2015

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1. Injection safety policy launch & SIGN meeting 23-24 February 2015
Injection safety policy launch and SIGN meeting moved to 23-24 February  2015

Dr Marie-Paule Kieny
World Health Organization
Assistant Director-General – Health Systems and Innovation

Dear Colleagues,

As you know from previous messages, WHO is very pleased to be launching a
global campaign on injection safety. This is a critical issue in
protecting patients from infections caused by unsafe practices, such as
reusing syringes. The need to protect all cadres of health care workers is
clear and urgent, especially reducing their exposure to needle-stick
accidents during injections and in disposing of infected sharps waste.

Our policy launch was scheduled to take place 17-18 December 2014 but we
have made an important decision to postpone it to 23-24 February 2015.
WHO has devoted significant capacity to the Ebola outbreak, including the
deployment of many infection, prevention and control specialists to
perform training and give support to the front line responders in affected
countries. Dedicated partners and stakeholders have done the same. These
people and agencies need and deserve to be with us as we launch this
campaign and we ask for your understanding of this brief delay to
accommodate their full participation.

The policy launch by WHO’s Director General will now take place on 23
February 2015 , 10-12:00. SIGN meeting to continue 23 through 24 February.

An updated programme of work of the meeting will be shared with you soon

Please feel free to contact Drs Selma Khamassi or Ed Kelley if you have


Dr Marie-Paule Kieny

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SIGN Meeting 2015

The Safe Injection Global Network SIGN meeting is 23-24 February 2015 at
WHO Headquarters in Geneva Switzerland

The main topic of the meeting will be the new injection safety policy
recommendation and developing the appropriate strategies for
implementation in countries worldwide.

The Keynote speaker will be Dr Margaret Chan, the Director-General of WHO.

Dr. Chan will launch the new IS policy which recommends the use of safety
engineered injection devices for reuse prevention and sharps injury

The 2010 annual Safe Injection Global Network meeting to aid collaboration
and synergy among SIGN network participants worldwide was held from 9
to 11 November 2010 in Dubai, The United Arab Emirates.

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