HIFA Conferences and Webinars

HIFA Conferences

HIFA held its 1st Conference at the British Medical Association, London, in 2011.

The 2nd HIFA International Conference will take place in Tanzania as part of AHILA 14, the 14th Biennial Congress of the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa.

Delegates will review progress made since the launch of HIFA at AHILA 10 (Mombasa, Kenya, 2006) and explore ways forward to accelerate progress towards Healthcare Information For All in Africa and worldwide.

For further information, please contact the HIFA Coordinator, Neil Pakenham-Walsh.

HIFA Webinars

HIFA2015 Webinars provide an opportunity for HIFA members to explore key issues in depth – in real time. The intention is to complement the asynchronous (email) discussion on HIFA2015, CHILD2015 and other HIFA Global Forums. These webinars therefore focus primarily on specific issues around one or more of the following three fundamental questions:

1. What are the healthcare information and learning needs of different groups of healthcare providers in different settings?
2. What are the barriers and drivers to meeting those needs?
3. What must be done – and how – to improve the availability and use of relevant, reliable, actionable healthcare information?

In addition, CHILD2015 webinars may address issues around child health rights.

Anyone with an interest is welcome to participate. All you need is an internet connection and a headset (headphones and built-in microphone). You will need to set up your computer before the event. Instructions to set up are here. This can be done any time, any day. Once you are set up, you will be able to participate in any HIFA2015 Webinar.

We are grateful to Professor Tom Cook and the University of Iowa for providing complimentary access to web conferencing software Blackboard Collaborate (formerly known as Elluminate).

All HIFA2015 Supporting Organisations are welcome to propose themes for HIFA2015 Webinars. Please contact us to explore possibilities. Email: webinars@hifa2015.org

Future HIFA2015 Webinars

We welcome suggestions for future topics.

Registration
Registration (free) is encouraged so that we can better meet your needs. To register, send an email with your name, position/job title, institution, country of residence, and brief description of professional interests, to: webinars@hifa2015.org

How to prepare for a HIFA webinar
We use the web conferencing tool Blackboard Collaborate (formerly called Elluminate), gratefully provided to HIFA2015 by the University of Iowa. If you are using the system for the first time it is recommended that you set up your computer now. This will ensure you do not face technical problems on the day. The HIFA2015 virtual room is open 24/7.

Instructions to set up are here. This can be done any time, any day. Once you are set up, you will be able to participate in any HIFA2015 Webinar.

Past HIFA2015 Webinars

HIFA2015-CHILD2015 Webinar 5: The role of children and adolescents in health decision-making, 27th June 2013

Download the PowerPoint presentation here. A PDF version of the presentation is available here.

Organised by the CHILD2015 Working Group in association with the International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health (ISSOP)

Start: 3pm (UK/London time)
Duration: 50 minutes (30 minutes presentation plus 20 minutes discussion)
Speakers: Gonca Yilmaz, Ayesha Kadir

Theme: It is widely believed that children and adolescents lack capacity to make informed contributions to decision-making, and that doing so may place them at risk and have adverse consequences on their health. However, the experience of child participation around the world provides a growing body of evidence, not only that these concerns are unfounded, but that participation has a widespread positive impact. This webinar will look at the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (http://www.unicef.org/crc/ ) and its application to the right of children and adolescents to participate in decisions relating to their health and health care.

Topics:

  • What participation means, from the UNCRC
  • The ladder of participation
  • The benefits of participation
  • Examples of participation:
    Case #1 – A family makes plans for their 8-year old girl to undergo female genital mutilation.
    Case #2 – A 14-year-old girl is inseminated by her uncle and becomes pregnant.
    Case #3 – A 10-year-old boy develops enuresis nocturna.
    Case #4 – A 9 year old girl with terminal acute lymphoblastic leukemia(ALL) rejects therapy and wants to go home.

    Speakers:
    Gonca Yilmaz is a member of the executive committee of the European Society for Social Paediatrics and Child Health. She is a social pediatrician in a training hospital in Ankara, Turkey, and has a postgraduate degree in social pediatrics. Her interests include child rights, child abuse and neglect management, well child baby care, and infant nutrition.

    Ayesha Kadir is a Paediatric Clinical Fellow at King’s College Hospital, UK. She was previously a Pediatric AIDS Corps Physician at the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, USA. She has an interest in human rights (especially child rights), HIV infection and malnutrition. She is coordinating a study of the social determinants of child health together with colleagues in the UK, Africa and Eastern Europe. She is also working on an initiative in the US to make human rights training a standard part of medical education, as a means to promote a rights-based approach to care. She would welcome contact from others with a similar interest to share ideas and collaborate.

    HIFA2015-CHILD2015 Webinar 4: Adolescent health rights, 28th June 2012

    Organised by the CHILD2015 Working Group in association with the International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health (ISSOP).

    Speakers: Gonca Yilmaz, Ayesha Kadir
    Duration: 45 mins (talk 30 mins, discussion 15 mins)
    Theme: The webinar covered the application of the UN Convention to adolescent health and using the convention to improve the health and health care of teenagers.

    Recording of the Webinar

    PowerPoint presentation (PPT file, 2Mb).

    Gonca Yilmaz is a member of the executive committee of the European Society for Social Paediatrics and Child Health. She is a social pediatrician in a training hospital in Ankara, Turkey, and has a postgraduate degree in social pediatrics. Her interests include child rights, child abuse and neglect management, well child baby care, and infant nutrition.

    Ayesha Kadir has been a Pediatric AIDS Corps Physician at the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, USA. She has an interest in human rights (especially child rights), HIV infection and malnutrition. She is currently organising an effort in the US to make human rights training a standard part of medical education, as a means to promote a rights-based approach to care and would like to expand this to an international level. She would welcome contact from others with a similar interest in order to work collaboratively.

    HIFA2015-CHILD2015 Webinar 3: Child health and child rights, 13th June 2012

    Organised by the CHILD2015 Working Group in association with the International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health (ISSOP).

    Speaker: Tony Waterston, co moderator of CHILD2015
    The webinar covered the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the relevance of child rights to child health, and using the articles in the convention to improve children’s health care.

    A report of the meeting is available here (PDF, 80kb)

    A recording of the Webinar is available here (the recording was accidentally started 44 minutes before the actual start – please advance the slider to 44 minutes)

    Tony Waterston is a retired consultant paediatrician who worked mainly in the community in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He spent 6 years working in Zambia and Zimbabwe and currently directs the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Diploma in Palestinian Child Health teaching programme in the occupied Palestinian territories. He is an Editor of the Journal of Tropical Pediatrics and is on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Social Pediatrics. His academic interests are child poverty, advocacy for child health and children’s rights.

    HIFA2015 Webinar 2: Getting in the access loop: Enabling more health researchers in Africa to publish effectively

    The second HIFA2015 Webinar was led by the Humanitarian Centre, supported by Public Library of Science, and took place on 1st June 2012: further information.

    The discussion continues on the HIFA2015 email forum. Join here.

    A report of the webinar will be available shortly. Meanwhile a recording of the webinar is available here. To access the recording, enter your email address and name, click on Play button (right side of screen), and allow Java (jnlp) file to run.

    Webinar brochure (PDF, 450kb)

    HIFA2015 Webinar 1: Can Open Access publishing provide Healthcare Information For All by 2015?

    Healthcare Information For All by 2015
    This first HIFA2015 Webinar was supported by the Public Library of Science, a HIFA2015 Supporting Organisation and a leading publisher of open access journals. It took place on 28th March 2012 and was a great success.

    Download:
    Report of meeting – PDF, 150kb
    Presentation by Virginia Barbour (Chief Editor, PLoS Medicine) – PDF, 1.6Mb
    Ginny Barbour PLoS
    Presentation by Neil Pakenham-Walsh (Coordinator, HIFA2015) – PDF, 1.5Mb

    The Webinar has been recorded and can be played back as follows:
    1. Go to:
    https://globalcampus.uiowa.edu/play_recording.html?recordingId=1262325308177_1332931549842
    2. Type your email address and name
    3. Click Play (bottom right)
    4. Allow download of file recording.jnlp
    5. Run file recording.jnlp – Wait
    6. Allow Download Recording from globalcampus.uiowa.edu
    7. The recording will start automatically.
    8. Controls for playback – Play/Pause/Stop – are available in lower left corner.
    9. You can use the slide bar (at the bottom of the screen) to move directly to later sections of the webinar.

    The discussion continues now on the main HIFA2015 Forum. If you are not already a member of the HIFA2015 Forum, join here.

    1. MEETING INFORMATION NEEDS: Articles in Open Access journals are available free to anyone with an internet connection, and can be freely shared and reproduced. To what extent do current OA journals help healthcare providers (doctors, nurses, midwives…) to reduce suffering and save lives in poor and middle-income countries? Do current OA journals provide the information healthcare providers need? Or, at the moment, are they only relevant to special groups such as researchers, development professionals, academics and high-level professionals?

    2. WHERE THERE IS NO INTERNET: What about the vast majority of healthcare providers in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), who do not have regular internet access? Do OA journals make any difference to them – perhaps indirectly, by allowing re-use? For example, printing and incorporation in teaching aids? What advantages (or disadvantages) do OA journals bring to those who are responsible for production of systematic reviews, for guideline development, and for production of reference and educational materials?

    3. HOW CAN OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING BE DEVELOPED FURTHER in the coming 3 years to help ensure that healthcare providers in LMICs will have access to the information they need to learn, to diagnose, to manage and prevent disease, and to save lives and reduce suffering? How can open access publishers work with healthcare providers to support a transition from information dependence to information autonomy and thereby contribute to overall sustainable economic development and enhanced quality of life in LMICs?

    Our thanks to PLoS for supporting efforts to achieve Healthcare Information For All by 2015.