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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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.”

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“Ebola kills people; but more lives are put at risk because of lack of information or misinformation”
Dr. Guido Borghese, UNICEF Principal Advisor Child Survival and Development for West and Central Africa

HIFA member and WMA President Dr Margaret Mungherera highlights the importance of access to health information to tackle the current crisis.

HIFA Ebola 1 – What HIFA members say
HIFA Ebola 2 – Citations
HIFA Ebola 3 – Narrative summary

HIFA at the World Health Summit

HIFA Steering Group member Martin Carroll presented HIFA at the World Health Summit in Berlin, on 22 October 2014. See the 7-minute video here


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

Our thanks to all participants at the HIFA session of the AHILA 14 Congress (Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa) in Dar es Salaam on 22 October. Presentations will be available shortly, including an edited audio recording of the second part of the session, which was dedicated to the information and learning needs of Community Health Workers.

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. 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…

“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 just wanted to say a big thank you to this wonderful forum and how grateful we are to all those who make it work. In the past few days we posted our HIV and AIDS messages for children to learn and share. This generated a couple of comments on the content that were really, really important… We were very struck by the power of this collaborative working, all made possible by HIFA and CHIFA.”
Clare Hanbury, Children for Health, UK, 16 November 2014

“HIFA is a fantastic networking facility allowing spread of information.”
Polly Noble, University of Leicester, UK, 20th September 2014

More feedback: What people say about HIFA


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

Who are we?

HIFA is a campaign and knowledge network with more than 7,000 members representing 2,500 organisations 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)

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 2014: British Medical Association (main funder), Africa Health, Afro-European Medical and Research Network, African Health Policy Network, Anadach Group, Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, CABI, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Council of International Neonatal Nurses, Doktoori, Elsevier, Friends of Chitambo, Global Health Media Project, Haiti Nursing Foundation, Health Sciences Online, HealthProm, Instituto de Cooperación Social INTEGRARE, Intel, 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, The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust,, 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, TEST Foundation India, Translators Without Borders, Virtual Development (Virtual Doctor Project), Wiki Project Med Foundation, and Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance.

British Medical Association (BMA)Africa HealthAwojobi Clinic Eruwa

Anadach Group

African Health Policy Network
Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria
CABIChartered Society of PhysiotherapyCouncil of International Neonatal Nurses

Haiti Nursing Foundation
Instituto de Cooperación Social INTEGRARE

Joanna Briggs InstituteNetwork for Information and Digital AccessMedical Aid FilmsNextGenU.orgMedical Education Cooperation With Cuba

Physicians for Haiti

Partnerships in Health InformationPublic Library of ScienceRural and Remote Health