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Published on May 31, 2017
With the aim of engaging with private industry companies, with a focus on corporate social responsibility, the WHO Service Delivery and Safety Department launched Private Organizations for Patient Safety (POPS) in May 2012. POPS allows proactive interactions with any committed private industry companies, such as manufacturers and distributors of products for hand hygiene, and holds face-to-face meetings at defined times in a year. Key is that interaction and collaborative project working is facilitated by WHO or WHO Collaborating Centres. Regular, focused engagement allows for a coherent and equitable means of sharing information and for progressing the altruistic aim of the collaborative.
The long term aim is to harness industry strengths to align and improve implementation of WHO recommendations in different parts of the world, including in least developed countries. The goal of the collaboration is to benefit patients, and not the participants in the platform. The expected public health benefits from working together with industry will be a reduction in health-care associated infections/harm through improvements in practices based on WHO recommendations.