People are dying for lack of knowledge

Child In Hospital

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: HIFA Voices

The HIFA Voices database will bring 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. We are delighted to announce three Lead Sponsors for this initiative: 1. The Lancet, 2. Elsevier and 3. mPowering Frontline Health Workers in association with Intel Corporation. more…

2nd HIFA International Conference at AHILA 14 (20-24 October 2014), Dar es salaam, Tanzania

The 2nd HIFA international conference will take place as part of the AHILA 14 Congress (Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa) 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


Latest feedback from members:
“I am so much honoured to be part already of this wonderful initiative the HIFA2015 as a country representative for Cameroon. My few months working in the HIFA2015 has absolutely changed my perception of health and training of health professionals.”
Didier Demassosso, University of Bamenda, Cameroon, 14 July 2014

“In the past few years, it has been a fascinating experience of reading all the information exchanged via HIFA by global public health workers, researchers, agencies, etc, which has become part of my daily life. HIFA discussions shorten the distance between the information/ knowledge provider and the end users, showing the great impact of healthcare information on the improvement of people’s health, as well as on the policy-making process.”
Jing Wang, World Health Organization, Geneva, 5 June 2014

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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

The HIFA Vision

Every person and every health worker will have access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of those for whom they are responsible.

Who are we?

HIFA 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.

HIFA 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’

200 health and development organisations have officially expressed their support for HIFA. Apply to become a HIFA Supporting Organisation!

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. 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)

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With thanks to our 2014 Financial Supporting Organisations: British Medical Association (main funder), Africa Health, African Health Policy Network, Anadach Group, CABI, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Council of International Neonatal Nurses, Doktoori, Global Health Media Project, Haiti Nursing Foundation, Health Sciences Online, Institution of Engineering and Technology, Instituto de Cooperación Social INTEGRARE, International Foundation for Dermatology, International League of Dermatological Societies, International Child Health Group, International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health, Joanna Briggs Institute, The Lancet, LiveWell Initiative, Medical Aid Films, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba, mPowering Frontline Health Workers ­ sponsored discussion,, Network for Information and Digital Access, Operation Hernia, Partnerships in Health Information, Physicians for Haiti, Public Library of Science, Royal College of Midwives, Rural and Remote Health Journal, The Lancet, The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust, Virtual Development (Virtual Doctor Project), and Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance

British Medical Association (BMA)

African Health Policy Network

Anadach Group


Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Council of International Neonatal Nurses

Haiti Nursing Foundation

Instituto de Cooperación Social INTEGRARE

Joanna Briggs Institute

Medical Aid Films

Medical Education Cooperation With Cuba

The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust

Network for Information and Digital Access

Partnerships in Health Information

Physicians for Haiti

Public Library of Science

Rural and Remote Health