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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 those for whom they are responsible.

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 am indeed proud to be part of this Great network. Well Done to all for your tireless work.”
Louise Bugeja, Charge Midwife, Parentcraft Services, Malta

“CHIFA is such a terrific forum! I really enjoy and appreciate it.”
Donna M. Staton, General Pediatrician, AAP International Community Access to Child Health (ICATCH), USA, 24 November 2015
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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 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, EqualHealth (formerly Physicians for Haiti), 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, 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, Your.MD, 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