When will developing countries stop importing knowledge? (12) Why should developing countries stop importing knowledge?

4 October, 2018

Charles Dhewa thank you for asking this question which has stimulated some thinking in many members including me.

But why should developing countries stop importing knowledge, anyway? Knowledge is created for dissemination, no matter where it is developed. In the last few years the developed countries have been asking themselves what they can learn from developing countries, in other words what knowledge can they import from developing countries?.

It is not the importing of knowledge by developing countries that is the problem, rather it is what is done with the imported knowledge. Is it localised to context before use? And probably more importantly what investment in knowledge are developing countries making in their own environment?. What investment in research and knowledge creation are developing countries making in matters that concern them even more than it concerns the developed countries?.

In today's Hifa forum I read, Flora's comment, that '------ Therefore, I may humbly conclude by saying, importing knowledge will never stop as long as we continue to fail dismally to formulate our own indigenous effective policies and strategies that are aimed at eradicating such public health hazards/pandemics in our own communities: a licence to cholera outbreaks and other capitalistic epidemics.' I concur to her statement.

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: http://www.hifa.org/people/steering-group