National Commissions


National Commissions focus on describing, measuring, and suggesting improvements for health system quality within their specific country focus. These commissions will help organize national work on quality, contribute to the overall findings of the global Commission, and build analytic capacity for quality measurement and analysis within countries.

We are currently in the process of establishing several National Commissions, including in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mexico, South Africa, Nigeria and India, among others. Check back frequently for new updates about the progress of these National Commissions.


Ethiopia has identified 13 commissioners to advance the quality agenda in the country under the direction of global commissioner Dr. Ephrem T. Lemango. The commission will focus its work on analyzing the wealth of data recently collected by the country to diagnose the quality of care across several services including antenatal care, delivery, sick child care and family planning. The analyses will also examine the equity of high quality care available across key dimensions such as wealth.


Minister of Health Dr. José Narro Robles recently formed the Mexican Commission, which will be led by Dr. Sebastián García Saisó, Director General of Quality and Education in Health at the Ministry of Health. Coordinated by global Commissioner Svetlana Doubova, the Commission includes researchers and high-level officials from multiple institutions. The initial aims of the Commission include advancing methods for the measurement of effective coverage of healthcare and reviewing measures of quality currently employed across the the multiple components of the Mexican healthcare sector.


The Nigerian National Commission has identified 19 commissioners from the government, NGOs, the private sector, implementing partners, and practioner advocacy groups who will be led by Dr. Faisal El-Shuaib and Dr. Kelechi Ohiri. They will be developing a research agenda for their work over the next several weeks.

South Africa

The South Africa National HQSS Commission was approved by Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi in April 2017 and was convened and officially launched by global HQSS Commissioner and Director General for Health, Ms. Malebona Precious Matsoso, on May 12, 2017.

The South Africa National HQSS Commission is chaired by Professor Lizo Mazwai (Office of Health Standards Compliance) and Professor Olive Shisana (Evidence Based Solutions, South Africa). The commission is comprised of 15 experts from the public and private sectors, universities, training and research institutions, patient advocacy groups, statutory bodies, and quality assurance and health systems organizations. The complete list of national commissioners can be found here.