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Memorandum of Understanding

Sometime in July last year I informed you that the MANSAG executive committee sent a delegation of three (Drs Jacob Akoh, Leroy Edozien and myself) to represent you at a retreat with the Nigerian Fed Ministry of Health (FMOH), Federal and State health institutions and parastatals, Postgraduate medical college, and the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA) in Abuja. At this meeting a draft Memorandum of Understanding detailing areas of collaboration between Doctors in the Diaspora and the FGN was vigorously debated and outlined. An immediate gain of those discussions was a more considerate approach by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) to registration issues affecting diaspora doctors on short-term practising stints in Nigeria.

I am very pleased to let you know that the MOU was signed with the FMOH in Abuja on Monday 14th February 2011. Quite apart from the pomp and pageantry that characterise such events we are excited by this development for a number of reasons:

1. The MOU covered 5 important areas:

  • Education and Training (undergraduate, postgraduate and continued professional Development);
  • Research for Health;
  • Service delivery and skills transfer;
  • Quality Assurance in Health delivery; and
  • Investments (Public Private Partnerships PPP and Private Investments).

2. Judging by the feedback from people who saw the extensive coverage of the event and interviews on prime time NTA Network news and many Nigerian National Dailies, it is fair to say that Nigerians are now more aware of the efforts MANSAG and all UK Doctors of Nigerian origins are making to contribute to better health care delivery in Nigeria. This should enhance our collective esteem as citizens contributing to baking the National Health cake.

3. A Joint Technical Committee (JTC) was inaugurated to monitor implementation. The JTC includes principal officers of the FMOH, MANSAG, ANPA, the NMA, the National postgraduate Medical college, the Registrar of the MDCN, Chair of the committee of CMDs of Federal Tertiary Hospitals, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, and the NNVS. An inaugural meting of the JTC held on the same day and the level of discourse was very promising. We see a crucial advocacy role for MANSAG on the JTC, to champion the views, activities and interests of all Nigerian Health Professionals in the UK whether they are financial members of MANSAG or not. At all these meetings we have been singing the collective praises of Nigerian Health Professionals in the UK as a veritable force for Nigerian good. I would therefore urge one and all to support the efforts of MANSAG, not only by full financial membership but also by responding to calls for your unique and highly valued expertise.

4. MANSAG was invited to serve on a Ministerial committee, inaugurated the same day, charged with the Review of the Undergraduate Medical curriculum in Nigeria. This collaborative project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with input from Nigerian medical curriculum experts, the MDCN, NUC, USAID, ANPA and MANSAG. We are very keen that MANSAG input into the workings of this committee is of the highest standards that we can muster. Consequently I invite expressions of interests from UK colleagues with expertise in undergraduate medical curriculum development to make periodic inputs into this work on behalf of MANSAG from a UK perspective. Depending on the number of people so skilled the modality for such input will be determined in due course. I look forward to an enthusiastic response.

Thank you very much for your attention and your support.

With kind regards.
Dilly Anumba MBBS FWACS FRCOG MD LLM (Medical Law)
MANSAG PRESIDENT



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