Collaborate with HIFA

How you can help HIFA (and advance your organisation’s objectives at the same time)

We welcome collaboration across all three key components of the HIFA strategy:
1. HIFA Forums
2. HIFA Voices database
3. HIFA Advocacy Programme

We partner with a range of organisations on different projects, in order progressively to realise our shared vision of a world where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare knowledge.

HIFA Forums

We are proud to have two long-standing and highly successful collaborations with the World Health Organization:
HIFA-Portuguese Forum
HIFA-EVIPNet-French Forum.

We also work closely with the Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance to administer the HIFA-Zambia Forum

We have collaborated since 2006 with the International Child Health Group of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to administer the “a href=””>CHILD2015 Forum. In 2011 we welcomed the International Society for Social Paediatrics and Child Health to the collaboration.

We have run several thematic discussions on HIFA Forums on behalf of WHO, Public Library of Science, Humanitarian Centre and other leading health organisations and publishers. We also run thematic webinars thanks to web conferencing software provided by the University of Iowa.

HIFA Voices

In 2012, we completed our 2-year collaboration with the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, University of Toronto and WHO Department for Reproductive Health Research: HIFA/WHO Optimising for Maternal and Newborn Health.

This collaboration has demonstrated Proof of Concept of the HIFA Knowledge Base in helping to inform WHO policy guidelines. We:
1. analysed the whole of 1 year (2009) of the HIFA2015 archive, from which we identified and tagworded 400 HIFA-Voices (verbatim extracts from HIFA forum messages that provide important insights into health information needs and how to address them).
2. analysed and synthesised more than 600 messages from 2008-2011 specifically on issues related to Traditional Birth Attendants. This topic is, to date, the most debated issue on HIFA2015, drawing a wide diversity of perspectives from many different countries. HIFA volunteers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health services are working with HIFA to submit this to a peer-reviewed journal.

In 2013/14 we were supported by The Lancet to develop the HIFA Voices database. During 2014 our work includes a focus on Community Health Workers (sponsored by mPowering nd Intel Corporation) and Access to research (sponsored by Elsevier).

We are currently seeking new partners to analyse and collate other parts of HIFA Voices in 2015.

HIFA Advocacy Programme

Since 2010 we have collaborated with the New York Law School to explore the human rights dimensions of access to health information. In December 2012 we published our joint White Paper: Access to Health Information Under International Human Rights Law. HIFA members are now monitoring what governments are doing (or not doing) to fulfil their legal obligation to make health information availabel to citizens and health professionals: HIFA-Watch.

We also work with the International Council of Nurses to help address the information and learning needs of nurses in low-income countries, and in 2011 we published with ICN the PPE Campaign fact sheet: Positive Practice Environments: Meeting the information needs of health professionals

Does your organisation share our commitment to improve the availability and use of healthcare knowledge?

Apply to become a HIFA Supporting Organisation

Please contact us to discuss possibilities for collaboration, for example a sponsored thematic discussion, webinar or country initiative. The following (non-exclusive) list of priority subjects may also be of interest:
- Reducing maternal mortality and morbidity
- Child pain relief, HIV/AIDS, diarrhoea, malaria, malnutrition, child protection, newborn care
- Adult HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, diabetes, epilepsy, palliative care
- Meeting the information needs of Community Health Workers, nurses, midwives and parents
- How to improve relevance and reliability of health information using mobile phones, television, radio, print, newspapers and the internet
- Meeting the information needs of prescribers and users of medicines.

Alternatively, you may wish to discuss your own proposal. Please contact us to discuss possible collaboration.

Benefits for your organisation:
- Engage directly with over 10,000 health professionals, librarians, publishers, policymakers and researchers from over 2000 organisations in 163 countries worldwide
- Harness our collective experience and expertise to help achieve your goals
- Raise global awareness of your organisation or a particular subject.

Together we can realise our shared vision: A world where people are no longer dying for lack of knowledge.