HIFA announces the First HIFA SMART Goal: Mobile Health Information For All

1st June 2013

On behalf of the HIFA 2012-15 Working Group and the HIFA Steering Group, we are delighted to announce the 1st HIFA SMART Goal:

“By 2015, at least one telecoms provider, in at least one country, will endorse the vision of Healthcare Information For All, and will provide free access to essential healthcare knowledge in the local language, pre loaded on all new mobile phones they may sell and freely downloadable to all those who already have a mobile phone.”

This Goal was proposed and will be led by the HIFA 2012-15 Challenge Working Group, which is specifically concerned with the health information needs of citizens, parents and children, in recognition of the huge (and largely unrealised) potential of mobile phones to meet basic healthcare information needs of citizens, parents and children. A draft concept note for discussion is available here

The Goal was ratified by the HIFA Steering Group on 24 April 2013. The role of the HIFA 2012-15 Challenge Working Group is to harness the power of our growing network to stimulate current and future initiatives by HIFA members and others. We shall:
1. collect information from HIFA members and others about relevant current and planned activities,
2. encourage sharing of experience and lessons learned, and
3. agree indicators and monitor progress.

We invite your comments and suggestions on what is currently being done already in relation to the 1st HIFA SMART Goal, and ideas on how we can accelerate progress. Please join the HIFA2015 forum and we shall collate your inputs. Meanwhile, the HIFA 2012-15 Working Group will liaise with the mHealth Working Group and others to progress this initiative.

Contact: Oluwatosin (Tosin) Ogunmoyero (Coordinator, HIFA 2012-15 Challenge Working Group): oreogunmoyero AT yahoo.co.uk