Chris and Julie,
Thank you for your enlightening posts. Part of what COVID-19 has done, if we did not know already, is that some of these human characteristics like greed, selfishness, self preservation, misinformation, mis-governance (maladministration), fraudulence, etc etc are not a monopoly of any race or tribe, skin color, poor or rich (infact the richer are probably more prone given the chance), etc. The World is just an 'animal farm' today as it has always been, and very likely will not change in future.
The answer is for the less resourced today to organise themselves better to improve their conditions and position themselves and release themselves from the aid mentality that has meant that their survival depends on receiving handovers, leftovers and rejects. A real pity.
The big question is will the Leaders of the LMICs learn the necessary lessons? Time will tell, maybe COVID-19 will hasten the necessary change in their pitiable status.
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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.
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