Coronavirus (1179) WHO publishes public health research agenda for managing infodemics (3)

24 February, 2021

Neil thank you for sharing this WHO release. [

We consider it a very important and useful guide from the WHO. However, the challenge for most LMICs that we can see includes the existing weakness of research capacity and capability that hinders research of any type, pre covid19 and now during COVID. With COVID-19 the systems are even weaker, therefore there needs to be emergency injection of support and assistance to these countries if the lofty objectives contained in this latest WHO release are not to wither like many others before it. Assistance is needed beginning from creating awareness of the usefulness of research, awareness that research is actually an investment for health improvement that leads to better health and lifestyles and therefore improved socio-economic enhancement, to building capacity of how to do it, starting from data gathering and the various methods, to measurement and interpretation /analysis and results, and what to do with the results in practical ways for the benefit of all.

COVID-19 has affected every country's wealth generation and reserves, however, some have been affected more than others because they were almost at ground zero before the pandemic. If this latest release from WHO is to be of practical use, the wealthiest 10 countries who have acquired all the COVID-19 vaccines and are already advanced in the roll out of vaccination, need to assist the LMICs, by emergency measures now, for mutually assured benefit against infodemics.

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 and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.

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