As we listen to News Reports from across the Globe, we must wonder how Global Health can actually be achieved and sustained when as at today, 21st February 2021, we are told that about 130 countries especially in Africa and Latin America and Asia (i.e. most of the world population) have not started vaccination against COVID-19 disease, But ten richest countries have amassed every one of the available nine licensed vaccines for the disease. Some of the ten are already planning to step down vaccination to less-at-risk young populations in their countries (we are happy for them), but older, sicker, more-at-risk populations in the 130 countries are yet to start vaccination
It appears that the world has not learnt lessons from previous epidemics (almost pandemics) that so long as even one country in this interconnected and globalised world is COVID-19 infected, no country is spared or safe. Lessons learnt from Ebola (now re-emerging), Zika, etc.
Also worrying is that some countries are playing geo-politics with their covid-19 vaccines?
HIFA with over 20,000 great members in 180 countries can escalate this concern in every corner of the globe to mobilise support for a 'COVID-19 Vaccine for ALL' campaign, Now.!
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