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We are using every opportunity to publicise and promote the ISQua Conference 2019 in Cape Town. I had the privilege of chairing the Quality Management Conference at the Africa Health Congress in Johannesburg on 29 and 30 May. Both COHSASA and ISQua partnered with Informa for the conference, so there was lots of publicity for ISQua, Cape Town 2019. The theme was ‘Public or private health care – quality is everyone’s business.
In the last 10 years, a lot has happened around the world as far as healthcare quality and patient safety is concerned.
This includes efforts from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the epitome of healthcare-related enterprise, to Ministries of Health, and down to single-doctor clinics.
These efforts cover the most developed nations as well as least developed. Huge praise should be given to leaders at all levels for driving the agenda.
In recent years momentum has been building around a relatively new idea in patient safety which has come to be called Safety-II. Previously, to produce safe care for patients, the majority of activities involved looking at when things go wrong and attempting to reduce harm.
Myself, and several members of the ISQua Board (Shin Ushiro, Jeffrey Braithwaite, Cliff Hughes, David Vaughan and Steve Clark, via video link) had the privilege of speaking and chairing sessions at the Quality in Healthcare Summit held on Friday, 22nd March in Dublin, organized by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and supported by ISQua. Over 150 registrants attended including clinicians and other healthcare leaders from Dublin and the surrounding area.
As ISQua President, I had the opportunity to spend 4 days in Dublin, November 12 – 15, at the ISQua office as well as meet with key colleagues with whom we work closely with. This was an extremely informative and welcoming visit.
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.