Please note: HIFA2015 is transitioning and expanding to HIFA. A completely new website will be launched in May 2016 at www.hifa.org
People are dying for lack of knowledge
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 others.
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:
“We are particularly grateful for links made through HIFA-Zambia, with Dr. Emmanuel Makasa, Counsellor-Health: Permanent Mission of the Republic Zambia to the UN at Geneva and Vienna, who has put us in
touch with the top Zambian emergency care specialists to help progress the project on the ground. Thank you Neil, thank you Dr. Makasa and Zambian emergency care contacts, Dr. Muhumpu Kafwamfwa
(Deputy Head of Mobile and Emergency Health Services, Ministry of Health) and Dr. Fabian Kabulubulu (CEO of the Zambian Flying Doctor Service). We are very grateful.” Jo Vallis, Coordinator of Friends of Chitambo Hospital, Zambia, 22 April 2016
“I love the HIFA. I love the work I am doing and I will keep working harder to make the HIFA in Cameroon a unique tool for the development of its health system.” Didier Demassosso, HIFA Country Representative For Cameroon/HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2014, 19 February 2016
More feedback: What people say about HIFA
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”
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.
“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.
‘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)
The following organisations have provided a financial contribution for HIFA activities in 2016: With thanks to our financial contributors for 2016: British Medical Association (main funder), Africa Health, Afro-European Medical & Research Network, Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors, Canadian Society for International Health, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Commonwealth Nurses Federation, Council of International Neonatal Nurses, COHRED, ecancer, Elsevier, Global Health Media Project, Haiti Nursing Foundation, HealthProm, Health Sciences on Line, International Child Health Group, International Foundation for Dermatology, International League of Dermatological Societies, International Society for Social Paediatrics and Child Health, Joanna Briggs Institute, The Lancet, LiveWell Initiative, Medic Mobile, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba, Network for Information and Digital Access, NextGenU, PalliativeDrugs.com, Partnerships in Health Information, Physicians for Haiti, Public Library of Science (PLOS), Quality + Care Solutions, Research Square, The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust, TDR (Special Programme on Tropical Disease Research), Wikipedia Open Textbook of Medicine, World Health Organization, Your MD Ltd.