Dear ANPA members, friends and colleagues, I thank you for electing me as the 12th President of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas. I appreciate your trust, the privilege to serve and this honor that you have bestowed upon me as the leader of this wonderful organization.
I want to express my sincere appreciation to ANPA Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for their support and dedication. Over the last 2 years, our Past President, Dr. Michael Etomi, has been outstanding in support and mentorship; our Immediate Past President, Dr. Nkem Chukwumerije, has been visionary and exemplary in his leadership, and our outgoing Treasurer, Dr. Charmaine Emelife, has been resourceful in keeping our finances in order.
We have just witnessed the conclusion of the 22nd Annual Scientific Convention & Assembly, featuring well attended CME activities on Delivering Healthcare through a Multidisciplinary Team Approach, done in conjunction with Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA). Leaders of National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (NANNNA) were also in attendance. Innumerable thanks to the program committee (Professors Ajovi Scott-Emuakpor and Benedict Nwomeh), ANPA Secretariat (Latisha Dutch and Team), local organizing committee for a great reception, our speakers, distinguished guests, our healthcare partners and ANPA sponsors for their splendid display of support and citizenship.
This organization was founded over 22 years ago through the efforts of Nigerian Physicians with brilliant ideas, gathering together to create a purposeful ‘Vision’ of promoting a “Healthier Nigeria in a Healthier world.”
ANPA Mission of fostering personal and professional growth, promote altruism, professionalism, scholarships, education and camaraderie amongst its members remain strong and vibrant.
Majority of ANPA founding members are still very active and acting as mentors to the vastly growing new members. It’s through our membership pool that individuals are nominated to serve as leaders, forming the core of ANPA executives, committee chairs, chapters’ leaders, board members and other general members at large. Every single member is unique with individual talent that provides the fuel to propel this organization to where we are today.
There are many minority organizations that have created their own platforms to address health care issues, however, ANPA is unique in the fact that there is a common sense of purpose that bring us together. This faith or destiny, allow us to meet, greet, interact, bond, educate, deliberate and develop compelling initiates that have evolved and propelled the ANPA Vision and Mission that we support and carry.
Shortly after its inauguration 22 years ago, we witnessed how ANPA connected the Nigerian universities to the Internet, and over the years, continue to support many health care and philanthropic projects. As a mature organization, ANPA has collaborated with several health care stakeholders and leaders of the Nigerian health systems, worked with other Nigerian organizations in the Diasporas, partnered with national supporters and local sponsors. ANPA rose to support the efforts of Nigeria health systems during the 2015 Ebola disaster epidemic outbreaks.
As demonstrated during the just concluded convention in Las Vegas, we are witnessing the collective efforts of ANPA and its partners on how to better deliver health care practices in Nigeria.
Today, as we begin the next chapter in ANPA history, let me outline what I believe we should focus on over the next few years.
A) ANPA Vision remains strong and our Mission continues to blossom. With our rapidly growing members and changing in health care across the world, we need to continue to expand and broaden our mission. Africa continent, and Nigeria in particular, continues to lag behind in basic life longevity.
Expand and broaden ANPA Mission Statement:
1. To improve healthcare morbidity and mortality by providing high quality and compassionate care with dedication to promoting the well-being of the Nigerian population.
2. To collaborate with practicing physicians in Nigeria to promote patient safety, advocate and promote ethical duty of care with prudence, in good faith and loyalty, and in a manner that serves the best interest of the Nigerian population.
B) In line with ANPA Mission to identify and encourage development of practical solutions to Nigerian health care problems, I’m proposing the following strategic initiative to stimulate the health care field activities in Nigeria.
This proposal is line with the current National Health Care Scheme with the fundamental goal of better preventing and managing acute and chronic medical or surgical diseases. The basic principle is to assist in effective coordination of all aspects of Nigerian health care sector.
The primary objective is to achieve a substantial reduction in morbidity and mortality of healthcare of the general population across all ages, to generate trust in the Nigeria healthcare sector, and to create a culture of caring so that the general population will have confidence in the quality of healthcare being provided.
This is to provide an effective community health care delivery.
This is to provide effective community health link to providers.
Sustainable health care services in all regions allow coordination of all parties, enhance resource allocations and funding from private, public, states and federal institutions. Collaboration will enable development of relevant strategic algorithms for education, research, easy data collection and events monitoring. This in turn will allow for effective implementation of policies, procedures, and accountability with eventual duplication of successes and best practices across the country.
The ultimate goals of ANPA Field Activities with our Health Care Stakeholders are to:
As we partner, collaborate and move forward, every single one of us can find a way to fit in, whether you are on a mission, visiting, teaching, working or volunteering. This is a summation of parts, which if carefully nurtured and maintained, will work well together to create a substantial health care impact that can improve morbidity and mortality.
C). ANPA 20th CENTURY and MILLENUEM GOALS
1. ANPA DISEASE INTERVENTION and PREVENTION TEAM (ADIPT)
Over the last 22 years, ANPA has primarily focused on Medical Missions, largely involving our surgical teams. While this will continue to be the bread and butter of our overseas missions, emerging disease epidemics and global explosion of other chronic illnesses have created a situation that requires medical personnel standby that must be ready to act and assist when called upon.
This is a powerful tool to mitigate health morbidity and mortality
2. Nigeria Cardiovascular Care of Excellence (NCCE)
ANPA will continue to promote and advocate for a collaborative efforts amongst all healthcare stake holders in Nigeria to ensure availability of adequate primary and specialty care providers with excellent tertiary care centers. Availability of dedicated specialty clinicians with top technical skills can minimize the drive for Nigerians to seek healthcare abroad. It’s ANPA goal to continue to work towards this endeavor.
3. ANPA Affiliated Physician Center of Excellence and Training Hospital (AAPCETH)
Institutions that provide exceptional goals for patient and public safety with outstanding clinical care will be recognized by ANPA. Designation centers in any of Nigeria six geopolitical zones meeting the following criteria can be eligible for award.
ANPA Affairs in the Americas
2) In line with ANPA mission to foster personal and professional growth, ANPA chapters will continue to emphasize health care prevention as a powerful tool to mitigate the development of chronic diseases in our communities.
ANPA will continue to promote health care prevention at all chapter levels with emphasis on the following:
3) Model of Excellence Website for Education
4) ANPA FOUNDATION
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If we can bridge the gap in telephone communications from a few homes containing barely audible phone lines, with a digital age of wireless technology, that now allows nearly everyone in Africa to have a cell phone and enjoy the boundless limits of social media, cloud computing and internet interactions, then the vacuum in our health care gaps could not only be filled but achieved with the right efforts and collaborations.
In conclusion, I appeal to every member to continue that burning desire to make a difference in the life of others. I ask that you continue to come, give, obtain more educational knowledge, debate, deliberate, and provide a stellar model for the future generations of ANPA members and leaders.
Our collective ideas, visions and missions should have no boundaries or limitations. We must continue to explore and reach out for the best in our dreams to assist Nigeria in bringing the gap of the cutting edge in medical and health care innovations.
Johnson Adeyanju, MD, FACP, Author
CME Co-Chair, John Muir Health
Physician Site Lead, John Muir Medical Group