Massimo is right to draw our attention to the serious impact that sickle cell disease has on the children (and adolescents) in some of the poorest countries in Black countries. Nigeria for instance because it is the most populous black country in Africa and on earth has the highest concentration of people suffering from the complications of this disease, which adds to the other causes of its appalling high morbidity and mortality rates. We are delighted that the WHO draws world attention to it during this special occation every year, but we urge that countries should continue after this special week throughout the year so that more and more people realise that it is preventable through education of the population and generation after generation. Education and information that sickle cell disease is preventable (and therefore could potentially become extinct over many generations) should be disseminated from primary school before people come into the sexually-active years of life.
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