Access to reliable healthcare information is (or should be) a human right: Do you agree or disagree? (10)

8 June, 2023

A few messages back in this discussion some members had suggested that health and wellbeing are already human rights, and that HIFA may do better to embark on a campaign to get a high level global declaration that includes access to reliable information as an extension of the existing declaration, which I subscribe to (if I understand their positions well).

This particular question in the survey appears to be the least contentious in choosing an answer, because in every context, or legal jurisdiction or moral, ethical consideration, beit LLMIC or HIC, every person, health provider, health policy maker and implementer benefits from access to reliable health information as a human right. Especially if such information is actually used to better healthcare in a world struggling to prevent misinformation in all its forms that lead to delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis and the harm that results from unreliable information.

Joseph Ana.

Prof Joseph Ana

Lead Senior Fellow/ medical consultant.

Center for Clinical Governance Research & Patient Safety (ACCGR&PS) @ HRI GLOBAL

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HIFA Profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Senior Fellow/Medical Consultant at the Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria, established by HRI Global (former HRIWA). He is a member of the World Health Organisation’s Technical Advisory Group on Integrated Care in primary, emergency, operative, and critical care (TAG-IC2). As the Cross River State Commissioner for Health, he led the introduction of the Homegrown Quality Tool, the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance Programme, in Nigeria (2004-2008). For sustainability, he established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria. His main interest is in whole health sector and system strengthening in Lower, Low and Middle Income Countries (LLMICs). He has written six books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance programme, suitable for LLMICs, including the TOOLS for Implementation. He served as Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association’s Standing Committee on Clinical Governance (2012-2022), and he won the Nigeria Medical Association’s Award of Excellence on three consecutive occasions for the innovation. He served as Chairman, Quality & Performance, of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act 2014. He is member, National Tertiary Health Institutions Standards Committee of the Federal Ministry of Health. He is the pioneer Secretary General/Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers. ( Email: info AT and jneana AT