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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

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 those for whom they are responsible.

HIFA brings together more than 14,000 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.

New! Building on the rich discussions of the past five weeks, HIFA is delighted to be hosting its first global tweet chat for 1 hour on 26 August 2015 at 11.30am BST (UTC+1) to coincide with Forum 2015 in Manila. Log onto HIFA_Org and search the hashtag #A2R4H15. Download the publicity flyer here

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:

“Correspondence on HIFA has helped my thinking to develop a new project – Less is More – to provide a database of evidence-based ‘less is more’ medicine. HIFA members have shared many examples where doing less (for example, not prescribing unnecessary medicines, not ordering unnecessary and expensive investigations, and not doing unnecessary surgery) is in the patient’s interests.” Bill Cayley, family practice doctor, USA, 12 June 2015

“I wanted to say thank you for such amazing updates from the world of public health. I always look forward to your e-mail. Great work!” Nishant Chavan, Institute of Health Management, Pachod, India, 4 June 2015

More feedback: What people say about HIFA


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 in October 2014.

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



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 14,000 members interacting on 5 forums in 3 languages, representing more than 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’

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:

Join HIFA today

The following organisations have provided a financial contribution for HIFA activities in 2015: British Medical Association (main funder), Africa Health, Afro-European Medical & Research Network, Anadach Group, Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, Awojobi Clinic Eruwa, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Children for Health, Commonwealth Nurses Federation, Council of International Neonatal Nurses, eCancer, Elsevier, Friends Of Chitambo, Global Health Media Project, Haiti Nursing Foundation, HealthProm, Intel Corporation, International Child Health Group, International Foundation for Dermatology, International League of Dermatological Societies, International Society for Social Paediatrics and Child Health, IntraHealth International, Joanna Briggs Institute, Knowledge Transfer Africa Ltd, The Lancet, LiveWell Initiative, mPowering Frontline Health Workers, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba, Network for Information and Digital Access, Partnerships in Health Information, Physicians for Haiti, Public Library of Science (PLOS), Quality + Care Solutions, Royal College of Midwives, The Test Foundation, The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust, WHO Collaborating Centre for Knowledge Translation & Health Technology Assessment in Health Equity, Wiki Project Med Foundation, Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance.

British Medical Association (BMA)

Africa Health
Awojobi Clinic Eruwa

Anadach Group
Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria
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