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March 12, 2018 — Frontline health workers in low- and middle-income countries face significant challenges to providing high-quality services: inadequate staffing, wide gaps between evidence and practice, low demand for health services and too little use of data.
I have been doing a lot of travel to Africa recently, on behalf of ISQua. During February I visited Ghana, South Africa and Mozambique, before returning to Dublin for the bi-annual ISQua Board face-to-face meeting and retreat.
I would firstly like to wish each of you a very happy new year and wish you the best for the coming year. We achieved a lot in 2017 and plan to build on these achievements in 2018.
I embarked on an ISQua Fellowship in 2014, and I continue to benefit from this relationship in my quality improvement journey that has virtually taken me to various health quality programs around the globe. I maintain my fellowship because it truly gives me an edge as I work with colleagues to improve the quality of health services.
It has been a very productive year for ISQua with the consolidation of what we do and the growth of new areas of activities. During the year we have aimed to implement our strategy to be the leading international organisation in the field of quality and safety.
Board Member and Professor of Health Systems Research at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at Macquarie University, Sydney Australia, Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, attended the International Foresight Leading CN healthcare Summit 2017 and the 100th Anniversary of Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, China between 16-18 June 2017, representing ISQua.
As we approach the Board elections I thought that I would review the key roles of members in ISQua. Members are the core of the society, which aims to bring together like-minded individuals and organisations to transform healthcare for the better.
The first conference on the 19th May 2017 was the Health Policy Reform by the National IPA Foundation. We heard presentations and debates on the need to re-engineer healthcare. The need for a new
structure under the stewardship of the National Health Insurance (NHI).