HIFA announces new Strategy

1st June 2013

We are delighted to announce the new HIFA Strategy. This will take us through 2015 and beyond, towards our shared Vision: a world where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare knowledge. The approach builds on the External Evaluation of HIFA2015, which concludes that “HIFA2015 achieves an extraordinary level of activity on minimal resources from which many people around the world benefit”, and recommends (based on HIFA members’ feedback) that we “establish clear SMART goals” and explore ways to “harness the power of the network”.

The new Strategy will replace the time-bound HIFA2015 Goal. Instead we shall move progressively – beyond 2015 – towards the (non-timebound) HIFA Vision: A world where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare knowledge. To move us towards the HIFA Vision, we shall, with your help, collectively define and promote five HIFA SMART Goals (the number may vary over time). Each goal will be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound.

We shall harness the power of our growing network to identify and promote these HIFA SMART Goals. For each SMART Goal we shall:
1. collate information from HIFA members and others about relevant current and planned activities
2. encourage sharing of experience and lessons learned
3. agree indicators and monitor progress
4. provide the enabling global environment for the achievement of the Goal.

The first HIFA SMART Goal will be announced shortly by the HIFA 2012-15 Challenge Working Group.

The role of HIFA is to stimulate and catalyse any current and future initiatives by HIFA members and others that are relevant to the achievement of the HIFA SMART Goals and the progressive realisation of the HIFA Vision. HIFA will continue to promote (1) Communication, (2) Understanding and (3) Advocacy among all those involved in the production, exchange and use of healthcare knowledge. We shall continue to do this through (1) HIFA Forums, (2) HIFA Voices, and (3) HIFA Advocacy Programme.

We currently have five HIFA Forums (HIFA, CHILD, HIFA-Portuguese, HIFA-EVIPNet-French, and HIFA-Zambia), in collaboration with WHO and others. These support interaction among more than 10,000 providers and users of healthcare knowledge from more than 2000 organisations in 167 countries.

This year we shall launch HIFA Voices, an innovative database that has already been used successfully by WHO to help inform the development of an international guideline on task shifting for maternal and newborn health.

HIFA Voices will bring together the experiential knowledge of HIFA members, with functional linkage to the Global Resource Center, the world’s leading database on Human Resources for Health.

HIFA Voices will also underpin our growing Advocacy Programme. In particular, we shall expand our new HIFA-Watch initiative which monitors progressive and regressive action by governments in relation to the availability of healthcare knowledge. We have previously shown with the New York Law School that governments have a legal obligation under international human rights law to ensure that health professionals and citizens have access to the information they need to protect their own health and the health of others. We intend to hold governments to account on this obligation.

The HIFA Steering Group has acquired the web domain HIFA.org and we are currently working on a new site that will be launched in a few months time. The new site will integrate the current content (HIFA2015.org) with a new, fully searchable HIFA Voices database. For further information on the new HIFA Strategy, including graphics, please visit the new HIFA Strategy web page.

In the meantime, we look forward to your suggestions and comments on the Strategy, and how we can collectively accelerate progress towards the HIFA Vision: A world where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare knowledge.

HIFA Steering Group