BY CHIOMA UMEHA
The Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA) has been successful in its bid to host a session at the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) People’s Forum, which will take place in Kigali, Rwanda, in June.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is an annual gathering of the 54 Commonwealth of Nations heads of state and government. Due of the COVID-19 epidemic, the CHOGM meeting has not been held in the last two years. However, in light of recent events, the Commonwealth Secretariat in London has announced that a physical meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, in June. This announcement has led to a flurry of activities in Kigali city of Rwanda, in preparation for the CHOGM meeting, of which the People’s Forum is a very significant part.
The Commonwealth Foundation also invited people, organizations, and groups to make proposals for organizing sessions at the GHOGM People’s Forum in 2022, in keeping with the agreed CHOGM themes. The Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA), chaired by Dr. Osahon Enabulele, has formally presented her bid to the Commonwealth Foundation in response to this. Following a critical evaluation of the submitted proposals by a Commonwealth Foundation Review Panel, the Foundation publicly announced the successful bids for the only available six (6) sessions, with the Commonwealth Medical Association’s bid being one of them.
With this development, the Commonwealth Medical Association has been granted approval to host a session on the opening day of the 2022 CHOGM People’s Forum billed for Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
In his address to the media, the President of the CMA, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, stated that the CMA was excited at the approval given to her by the Commonwealth Foundation to host a session at the Kigali 2022 CHOGM People’s Forum. He stated that this was a great fillip to the CMA’s earlier commitment to organize a special Summit on Human Resource for Health in advance of the CMA declarations at her November 2021 Conference/Council meeting, amongst which was a declaration calling on the Heads of Government in the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth Secretariat to declare a state of emergency on Human Resource for Health (HRH) in the Commonwealth based on the poor state of HRH in the LMIC countries and its negative impact on the quest for attainment of Universal Health Coverage.
He told the media that he will be leading a 30-member CMA delegation to the session, which will focus on the present Human Resource for Health problem and its relationship to health disparity in the Commonwealth of Nations. Dr. Enabulele stated that a team of experts has been assembled to brainstorm on the chosen theme of the CMA session: “Human Resource for Health and Health Inequality in the Commonwealth: a Critical Issue,” while encouraging physicians, health administrators, other health professionals, and stakeholders who wish to join the CMA delegation to the CMA session on June 21, 2022 at 2pm Kigali time, to quickly indicate so via the email address: [email protected]