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: World Medical Association head on Ebola epidemic

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

HIFA at the World Health Summit

We are delighted to be partners of the upcoming World Health Summit in Berlin, 19-22 October 2014. We look forward to see you there!


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…

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…

“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:

“HIFA is an amazing network that has been able to respond rapidly, internationally and at many levels to issues that are critically emerging (like the current Ebola epidemic) and matters that are long-term and deep like poor education and impoverished resources. It is a valuable living network for information and discussion.”

William Cutting, Emeritus Consultant Paediatrician, UK, 17 August 2014

“I have wonderful experiences from interacting on HIFA. When I was struggling to understand health systems, the different issues and practitioners’ perspectives, HIFA helped me gain knowledge and encouraged me to participate in healthcare discussions as well as apply learning from my academic background and work experiences to provide inputs for finding solutions. I got to learn what is happening in health systems across the world, what is at the forefront of innovation and solutions being implemented. Be it a global health media project or enabling easier access to healthcare information in remote areas, I find it exciting that the ideas we contribute in an online discussion forum would find its way into creating the positive impact we yearn for ­ like the smile of an 80-year old grandma from a remote village in the mountainous district of Taplejung in Nepal after a cataract surgery (it made my long journey from Lumbini worth it ­ every second and every mile travelled). To this day, I apply what I learn in my work. For instance, the discussion on professional difficulties faced by midwives and community volunteers informs the way I design my deployment strategy.”

Sowmya Rajasekaran, Lumbini Eye Institute, Nepal, 29 July 2014

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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

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) Africa Health Awojobi Clinic Eruwa
Anadach Group African Health Policy Network
CABI Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Council of International Neonatal Nurses
Haiti Nursing Foundation Instituto de Cooperación Social INTEGRARE
Joanna Briggs Institute
Network for Information and Digital Access Medical Aid Films Medical Education Cooperation With Cuba
The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust Physicians for Haiti
Partnerships in Health Information
Public Library of Science
Rural and Remote Health