Neil thanks for sharing this interesting article. It contains all the sentiments that led us to run our first critical appraisal and writing workshop in the year 2000 under the BMJ West Africa local edition platform. The internet was very new and opened up previously 'hard to reach areas'˜ as far as information production, dissemination and use were concerned. It increased access and better still was soon cheaper (initially it was niche because of cost). BMJ used to have local editions whose editors and publishers met regularly in conference to build capacity both for the editorial team and business aspects of publishing under the LEAP banner (Local Editors and Publishers) Annual workshops.
It soon became clear that most of what was posted on the internet was not peer reviewed and therefore mostly chaff. The ICT buffs coined the 'garbage in garbage out' phenomenon. In West Africa we decided to introduce the critical appraisal and the How to Read, How to Write and How to publish workshops, hosted in Abuja, Lagis, Accra and Kumasi venues. We were mentored and guide by Richard Smith, editor, BMJ and his very amiable team. The rest is history.
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