World Patient Safety Day: what role for HIFA? (6)

19 September, 2020

Julie, thank you for sharing. And for the invitation for members to contribute to answering your question: 'What Role for HIFA in safety?"

I think that in many ways HIFA is playing an important role in creating awareness and offering a platform for sharing experiences by all 20,000 members from diverse organisations in over 180 countries.

The additional role that I suggest HIFA should take up is to promote evidence informed and supported interventions including promoting multidisciplinary, multispecialty, multisectoral team working in the work place, where most Health Worker - Patient interaction takes place. HIFA by so doing shall encourage every member of the team to contribute their best to the pool of knowledge, skills and expertise that recognises that the central interest in care-giving for all members of the team is the Patient.

The reach of HIFA could assist to achieve this action so that at the next celebration of the World Safety Day in September 2021, it can be said all over the world, that every member of the health team, irrespective of the specialty or cadre is embracing the needs and wants of the patient with a view to delivering a patient centred care.

Joseph Ana.


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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: Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.

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