We appreciate that researchers and authors should expect to earn some monetary gains from their labours in addition to the other numerous benefits of their profession. We also recognise and appreciate that as businesses publishers need to make profit to be in business. But readers and users of the research products including books have increasingly been hard hit financially as they access these products and infact in MICs are impoverished should they persist and gain access to books and journals because they cannot do otherwise.
Luckily, as Neil says, 'access to journals is increasingly moving towards free/open access, but the trends are a lot slower in the book publishing market.'. AND in our long-held view and rightly so, he says, that 'The above publication can only be accessed for 197 USD: prohibitively expensive for almost all of us, despite our interest in the topic'. As with Universal Health Coverage that seeks to enable everyone access health care that they need without suffering financial hardship, we hope that Open Access shall do the same: enable everyone access the information that they need without being pushed into poverty especially in LMICs.
Is it possible that some re-ordering of the finance flows at global level ( from Big Pharma, Big NGOs, Governments, Institutions, etc) into research, publication and publishing can enable virement of the needed funds into the Open Access movement so that there is a win-win-win for all parties?. The world can see from whats going on during the COVID-19 pandemic that responses to critical public health events are hampered by lack of / inadequate/ disorderly access to health information by those who need it at all levels.
AFRICA CENTRE FOR CLINICAL GOVERNANCE RESEARCH & PATIENT SAFETY
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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: www.hriwestafrica.com Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.
Email: jneana AT yahoo.co.uk