Associated Press: US lawmakers demand WHO change opioid guidance (3)

25 May, 2019

It is refreshing to read Najeeb's comment on this Opiod abuse epidemic, especially in the USA. Especially it is great to read about the extent to which WHO goes to produce guidelines e.g. the one on Opiods. Whilst waiting for The WHO's reaction to the USA's concerns, we should ask what is happening in-country across the world to ensure compliance with WHO guidelines or any other evidence informed guidelines, for that matter. What are countries doing within their jurisdiction to control medicines/drugs: access, use, abuse, monitoring, etc?  

Actions to ensure that prescribers and practitioners in every country actually comply, are as important as the preparation of the guidelines, as well.

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.


Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group:

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