In our centre, we are energised by Didiers' latest posting on community mental health. We say congratulations to him and his team for sharing what reads like a very successful outing in neighbouring Cameroon.
We are excited because we agree with his call for development of community mental health service in LMICs so that the condition of mental illness is demystified, destigmatised and should receive deserved attention in country health plans and budgets. The situation in Nigeria is perplexing and tragic for potential users and families, and indeed the society in general because even though a doyen of the medical profession, Late Professor A. Lambo, former Deputy Director of WHO and the pioneer Editor-In-Chief of BMJ West Africa Edition ( 1995-2003) pioneered Community Mental Health Service in Nigeria in 1961 based in Aro, Abeokuta, Ogun state, Nigeria, his country still tragically lacks such a service. Recognition and acclaim followed his innovation from around the globe, there is a Lambo Centre in Cambden, London UK in his honour, but Nigeria does not operate a community mental health service!!.
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