People are dying for lack of knowledge
Tens of thousands of people die every day, often for the simple reason that the parent, carer or health worker lacks the information and knowledge they need to save them…more
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New! Sponsored Discussion: Meeting the information and learning needs of Community Health Workers
From December 2013 to March 2014, mPowering Frontline Health Workers is supporting HIFA to hold an in-depth exploration on HIFA2015 around the information and learning needs of Community health workers (CHWs), and how we can meet those needs more effectively and efficiently over the coming years.…more information
“HIFA2015 achieves an extraordinary level of activity on minimal resources from which many people around the world benefit”
HIFA2015 External Evaluation Report, October 2011
Latest feedback from members:
“PLoS has consistently collaborated with other organisations that have an interest in taking information ‘the last mile’. One shining example here is the HIFA2015 campaign, a phenomenally active advocacy and discussion forum of many groups and individuals in the health information chain, which has as its vision a world where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare knowledge.”
Virginia Barbour, Medicine Editorial Director, Public Library of Science PLoS, 3 December 2013
“I wish to express my utmost gratitude for the activity of this network. I am learning new things every day, and above all I have the impression that we still can have trust in other people sharing the same objectives without hidden interests. HIFA2015 is really a great example of the strength of bottom up actions.”
Paola De Castro, Director, Publishing Unit, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy, 13 November 2013
More feedback: What people say about HIFA2015
Lack of basic healthcare knowledge leads to needless death and suffering in developing countries. Most deaths are due to failure to provide life-saving interventions – interventions that are often locally available, but are simply not provided.
“It is tragic that so many children continue to die unnecessarily for want of simple, low-cost interventions that are often locally available. It is even more tragic that many of these children would have been saved if only their mothers, fathers, family caregivers and, indeed, health workers, had basic healthcare knowledge to recognise serious illness requiring urgent, appropriate, life-saving action.”
Dr. Neil Pakenham-Walsh
- Coordinator, HIFA2015 – Co-Director, Global Healthcare Information Network
Dr Najeeb Al-Shorbaji (Director of Knowledge Management and Sharing, World Health Organization) talks about HIFA2015
Dr Joseph Ana (Former Health Commissioner, Cross River State, Nigeria) talks about HIFA2015
The HIFA2015 Goal
By 2015, every person worldwide will have access to an informed healthcare provider
Who are we?
HIFA2015 is a campaign and knowledge network with more than 7,000 members representing 2,500 organisations in 171 countries worldwide. Members include health workers, publishers, librarians, information technologists, researchers, social scientists, journalists, policy-makers and others – all working together towards the HIFA Vision: a world where every person and every health worker has access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of those for whom they are responsible.
HIFA2015 contributes to the broader goal of the Global Health Workforce Alliance: ‘All people everywhere will have access to a skilled, motivated and supported health worker, within a robust health system’
Over 180 health and development organisations have officially expressed their support for HIFA2015. Apply to become a HIFA2015 Supporting Organisation!
What do we do?
Members interact by five HIFA Global Forums: HIFA2015, CHILD2015, HIFA-Portuguese, HIFA-EVIPNet-French, and HIFA-Zambia. Together we are building HIFA Voices, an experiential database on information needs and how to meet them. Membership is free and open to all.
“I support the HIFA2015 Campaign and urge others to do the same.”
Dr Tikki Pang, World Health Organization, Geneva.
Letter of Support
‘Healthcare Information For All… has had significant impact on knowledge dissemination in the health realm.’
Rockefeller Foundation Report 2010, Making the eHealth Connection: Global Partnerships, Local Solutions (p26)
With thanks to our 2013 Financial Supporting Organisations: British Medical Association (main funder), African Health Policy Network, Anadach Group, Association Européenne des Médecins des Hôpitaux (AEMS – European Association of Senior Hospital Physicians), BioMed Central, CABI, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Commonwealth Nursing Federation, Council of International Neonatal Nurses, Fédération Européenne des Médecins Salariés (FEMS – European Association of Salaried Doctors), Global Health Media Project, Global HELP, Haiti Nursing Foundation, Health Sciences Online, Instituto de Cooperación Social INTEGRARE, International Child Health Group (Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health), International Confederation of Midwives, International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health, Joanna Briggs Institute, Medical Aid Films, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba, Network for Information and Digital Access, NextGenU.org, Operation Hernia, Partnerships in Health Information, Physicians for Haiti, Public Library of Science, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Nursing, The Lancet, The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust, Translators Without Borders, UnitedHealth Chronic Disease Initiative, Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance.