“Bridging the know-do gap is the foremost challenge and opportunity for public health in the 21st century”
Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation
The HIFA campaign was launched in Mombasa, Kenya in October 2006, at the 10th Congress of the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa. Our shared vision is a world where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare knowledge. We are now more than 10,000 members from more than 2000 organisations in 167 countries. We interact via 5 email discussion forums in 3 languages, in collaboration with WHO and others.
There is an urgent need to improve the availability and use of healthcare information in developing countries. In 2004 the World Health Organization commissioned a review of the issues, and a short version of this was published in The Lancet by Fiona Godlee et al, under the title ‘Can we achieve health information for all by 2015?’. The authors called for WHO and others to champion the goal of Healthcare Information for All by 2015. The HIFA campaign is a direct response to that challenge.
The HIFA Strategy will take us through 2015 and beyond towards our vision of a world where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare knowledge.
The HIFA Steering Group is responsible for implementation, with input from HIFA2015 and CHILD2015 members and with expert assistance from the HIFA Advisory Panel. The campaign is administered by the Global Healthcare Information Network, a non-profit organisation based in the UK.
From January 2011 until August 2011, HIFA underwent a major external evaluation by two professional evaluators, with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation.
‘We live in a world with infinite possibilities. Hearts are transplanted, DNA is decoded, and new medical discoveries are made every day. Yet we continue to be stymied by how best to reach those in resource-poor settings with the most basic care and medicines that we take for granted.’
Bill Frist & Richard Sezibera. The Lancet, 2009;374:1485-1486