BMA awards £10,000 for HIFA activities in 2014

29th November 2013

The HIFA Steering Group is delighted to announce that the British Medical Association charitable purposes subcommittee has awarded £10,000 (approximately 16,000 US dollars) for HIFA activities in 2014. This is the 7th consecutive year that the BMA has awarded major funding for HIFA. The BMA continues to be our main funder, supplemented by smaller annual contributions from other health and development organisations (listed in the footer of this and every HIFA message).

Thanks to this grant, we shall be able to continue to support and grow the HIFA Global Forums (HIFA2015, CHILD2015, HIFA-Portuguese, HIFA-EVIPNet-French, HIFA-Zambia) in 2014, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, International Child Health Group, International Society for Social Paediatrics and Child Health, and the Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance.

In our funding proposal to the BMA, we committed to raise an *additional* £15,000 for HIFA activities in 2014. We have already raised £5,000 from The Lancet and we would like to invite HIFA members to help us raise the other £10,000. Can you help?

This would enable us to achieve the following targets in our five work areas:

1. Building the HIFA Community
- We shall increase our collective membership from 12,100 to at least 14,000 members, and from 170 to 175 countries.
- We shall implement at least 2 webinars on priority health information issues
- We shall initiate at least 52 thematic discussions (in addition to spontaneous discussions).

2. Building the HIFA Knowledge Base: HIFA Voices
- We shall identify and collate HIFA-Quotations from ongoing HIFA forum discussions
- We shall establish full functional linkage with the HRH Global Resource Center
- We shall officially launch HIFA Voices at the AHILA 14 Congress, Dar es salaam, Tanzania, October 2014

3. Building the HIFA2015 Advocacy Programme
- We shall ratify at least 30 new Supporting Organisations, bringing the total to 215
- We shall expand the HIFA Country Representative programme to at least 100 representatives in 50 countries

4. HIFA Annual Challenges and HIFA SMART Goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound)
- We shall support the HIFA 2012-15 Challenge Working Group to promote at least 10 new thematic discussions on HIFA forums on the theme of “Meeting the health information needs of Citizens, Parents and Children”
- We shall support the HIFA 2012-15 Challenge Working Group in their leadership of the 1st HIFA SMART Goal (Mobile Healthcare Information For All)
- We shall support the HIFA 2013-15 Challenge Working Group to promote at least 10 new thematic discussions on HIFA forums on the theme of “Meeting the information needs of Prescribers and Users of Medicines”
- In consultation with HIFA members, we shall define and launch the 2nd HIFA SMART Goal.

5. HIFA Global Networks
- We shall continue to develop our collaboration with the International Child Health Group (RCPCH) and International Society of Social Paediatrics (ISSOP) to develop CHILD2015.
- We shall continue to develop our collaboration with WHO Geneva to develop HIFA-Portuguese and HIFA-EVIPNet-French
- We shall continue to develop our collaboration with the Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance to develop HIFA-Zambia
- We shall explore the possibility of launching HIFA-Uganda in collaboration with the newly-formed Uganda UK Health Alliance.

Special thanks to our 140 volunteers worldwide, including our 88 HIFA Country Representatives. Help from volunteers has allowed us to “achieve an extraordinary level of activity on minimal resources from which many people around the world benefit” (External Evaluation Report, 2011). With your continuing help, we can expect to achieve much more in the future.

“Let’s build a future where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare knowledge” Join here: www.hifa2015.org