Medical Error in Cameroon (2)

3 June, 2018

Didier thank you very much for sharing the outcome of your conference on medical errors in Cameroon. Medical error often is the unspoken indicator in discussions on health for all the reasons that your conference so clearly elicited. One major challenge to reducing medical error is that in many countries it is not yet seen as a system problem, rather it is seen and treated as an individual's failing. And this applies globally even though LMICs face the greater burden because their health systems are weak anyway and have less transparency and strategic look into their overall challenges. We need to get medical error out of the closet everywhere.

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: Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group:

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