Please note: HIFA2015 is transitioning and expanding to HIFA. A completely new website will be launched in June 2016 at

People are dying for lack of knowledge

Child In Hospital

Tens of thousands of children and adults die needlessly every day because they do not receive basic life-saving interventions – interventions that are often locally available but are simply not provided due to indecision, delays, misdiagnosis, and incorrect treatment. Thousands of lives could be saved every day if those responsible for their care – parents, carers, health workers – had access to relevant, reliable healthcare information. …more

The HIFA Vision: A world where every person and every health worker will have access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of others.

HIFA brings together more than 15,000 health researchers, publishers, librarians, policymakers, clinicians and information professionals on 5 forums in 3 languages. These 5 forums are among more than 700 international development and social justice forums supported by Dgroups.

HIFA collaborates with the World Health Organization and is supported by more than 260 health and development organisations worldwide.

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Latest feedback from members:

“I absolutely love getting the important updates you share and the resources.” Ados May,
IPB Initiative
, USA, 31 May 2016

“We are particularly grateful for links made through HIFA-Zambia, with Dr. Emmanuel Makasa, Counsellor-Health: Permanent Mission of the Republic Zambia to the UN at Geneva and Vienna, who has put us in touch with the top Zambian emergency care specialists to help progress the project on the ground. Thank you Neil, thank you Dr. Makasa and Zambian emergency care contacts, Dr. Muhumpu Kafwamfwa
(Deputy Head of Mobile and Emergency Health Services, Ministry of Health) and Dr. Fabian Kabulubulu (CEO of the Zambian Flying Doctor Service). We are very grateful.” Jo Vallis, Coordinator of Friends of Chitambo Hospital, Zambia, 22 April 2016

More feedback: What people say about HIFA

HIFA Voices

The HIFA Voices database brings together the experiential knowledge of HIFA members: more than 12,000 professionals from over 2500 organisations in 170 countries, ranging from senior executives at the World Health Organization in Geneva to community health workers in rural Gambia. HIFA Voices is supported by The Lancet, Elsevier, and mPowering Frontline Health Workers in association with Intel Corporation. more…

“HIFA2015 achieves an extraordinary level of activity on minimal resources from which many people around the world benefit”

HIFA2015 External Evaluation Report, October 2011

HIFA2015: How we use Dgroups from Dgroups Foundation

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.

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“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, HIFA – Co-Director, Global Healthcare Information Network

Dr Najeeb Al-Shorbaji (Director of Knowledge Management and Sharing, World Health Organization) talks about HIFA

Dr Joseph Ana (Former Health Commissioner, Cross River State, Nigeria) talks about HIFA

What do we do?

Members interact by five HIFA Global Forums: HIFA, CHIFA, 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.

WHO Letter of Support 2006

‘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)

Please support our work ( how organisations can help / how individuals can help) – help to create a world where people are no longer dying for lack of knowledge:

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The following organisations have provided a financial contribution for HIFA activities in 2016: With thanks to our financial contributors for 2016: British Medical Association (main funder), Africa Health, Afro-European Medical & Research Network, Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors, Canadian Society for International Health, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Commonwealth Nurses Federation, Council of International Neonatal Nurses, COHRED, ecancer, Elsevier, Foundation for Mother and Child Health, Global Health Media Project, Haiti Nursing Foundation, HealthProm, Health Sciences on Line, International Child Health Group, International Foundation for Dermatology, Foundation for Mother and Child Health, International League of Dermatological Societies, International Society for Social Paediatrics and Child Health, Joanna Briggs Institute, The Lancet, LiveWell Initiative, Medic Mobile, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba, Network for Information and Digital Access, NextGenU,, Partnerships in Health Information, Physicians for Haiti, Public Library of Science (PLOS), Quality + Care Solutions, Research Square, The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust, TDR (Special Programme on Tropical Disease Research), Wikipedia Open Textbook of Medicine, World Health Organization, Your MD Ltd, Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance

British Medical Association (BMA)

Africa Health

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Council of International Neonatal Nurses

Haiti Nursing Foundation

Joanna Briggs Institute

Network for Information and Digital Access
Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC)

Physicians for Haiti