Coronavirus (605) Report of Commonwealth Civil Society Policy Forum, 6 May 2020 (2)

15 May, 2020

Hi Neil,

Thank you for sharing this report. Usual third world technical hitches meant that my team and I could not join. We note the focus on digital technologies in today's health matters and the rich list of decisions and recommendations. We welcome the fact that challenges of digital technologies were covered not least, availability of technology, access to information, inequity in access (for instance we could not join the meeting due to connectivity problems), information 'overload', increasing use of the technology to spread misinformation and confuse people e.g. during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that the recommendations will be implemented especially the aspects on health personnel education and training, community engagement and awareness and information dissemination to all (communities, providers of care, patients).

Joseph Ana.

HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.

Email: jneana AT