Traditional birth attendants (10)

2 May, 2019

Really really interesting thought about a name: 'indigenous midwives' rather than 'Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs)' and for good reasons.

The resistance to a structured embracing of TBAs, which would include training, equipping and monitoring, comes mostly from skilled practitioners in pregnancy and childbirth. I wonder if they would alter their stance even with the proposed change of name.

I await comments from the ˜'No' side of the debate about TBAs / '˜Indigenous midwives'.

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:

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