DfID and FCO merger - will this affect access to health information? (5)

22 June, 2020


Thank you for this beautiful summary (recap) of HIFA efforts to get Her Majesty’s Govt to support its Specific Mission.

I note that all these happened before COVID-19 and I wonder what may have changed in our favour. Even though the PM has just joined DFID and FCO the fact remains that there is a new reality sprung on all the world by the pandemic: there is now a more virulent form of misinformation and disinformation at a time when less is needed. We now have a discipline called ‘infodemics’, meaning that the need for access is more and the need for accuracy of the information is more too.

So I wonder if HIFA can reach Lord Nigel Crisp again (if he is still in Parliament?). To try again to put our case even with the ‘merger’?.

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: 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