HIFA Country Representatives

“I am honoured to represent HIFA in Eritrea. Being one of the beneficiaries of the flow of information from both HIFA and CHILD2015, I hope I can contribute something to reach the goals of the forum”
Toumzghi Sengal, physician assistant, Eritrea, 2014

HIFA Country Representatives are volunteers who are committed to help achieve the HIFA vision in their country. They are critically important in (1) raising awareness about the importance of access to healthcare knowledge, and (2) engaging new members in their country to join the HIFA forums. Guidelines for Country Representatives are available here.

HIFA Country Representatives are supported in their work by a volunteer global coordinator, currently Deborah Jackson. Deborah is based in the UK and formerly worked as a Research Assistant at the Clinical Trial Service Unit, University of Oxford. Her email address is crc [AT] hifa2015.org

Deborah Jackson, UK

HIFA Country Representatives are provided with technical support to:
1. Distribute the HIFA2015 Leaflet (PDF, 260kb) by email to colleagues and networks, and print out the leaflet for distribution at meetings and conferences.
2. Prepare and give presentations to their colleagues and conferences, about HIFA and the special importance of availability and use of healthcare information in their country. A generic Powerpoint presentation (2.1Mb) is available here: Introduction to HIFA. Examples of presentations given by HIFA Country Representatives are shown below.
3. Enrol new members at meetings and conferences. Please download and print copies of the HIFA and CHILD2015 sign-up sheet here and invite people to add their details. Then take a scan or photo of the sheet(s) and email it/them to admin@hifa2015.org
4. Display the HIFA logoon websites and communications.

If you have been a member of the HIFA Forum for at least 3 months and would like to discuss the possibility of becoming a HIFA Country Representative, please contact the HIFA Coordinator (Neil Pakenham-Walsh). If you are not yet a member of the HIFA Forum, please join.

HIFA currently has 116 Country Representatives in 55 countries:

• Afghanistan: Farhan Abdul Rauf
• Bangladesh: Shariful Islam, Jenifer Binta Yeasin
• Bhutan: Pandup Tshering
• Burundi: Benedicte Dundaguza
• Cameroon: Didier Demassosso, Gwewasang Martin, James Mbungyuh Tseyah
• China: Lily King
• Croatia: Irina Ibraghimova
• Democratic Republic of Congo: Andre Shongo Diamba, Jess-Alfred Nondho
• Denmark: Per Kallestrup
• Dominican Republic: Demian Herrera
• Egypt: Randa Abu-Youssef, Nermine El-Bahtimy
• Eritrea: Toumzghi Sengal
• Ethiopia: Getachew Bayissa, Workineh Getahun
• Ghana: Eben Afari-Kumah, Gladys Ofosu Dadzie, Solomon Sulemani
• Haiti: Fiona Stephenson
• Honduras: Jackeline Alger
• India: Mittal Abhishek, Soumyadeep Bhaumik (HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2012), Tamoghna Biswas, Pranab Chatterjee, Vivek Chhabra, Nisha Dahiya, Gopal Ghosh, Manish Kumar, Dharmesh Lal, Ashok Kumar Maity, Ramachandran Murali, Anantha Naik Nagappa, Murali Prasad, Chopperla S K Dattatreya Sitaram, Sankalp Yadav
• Indonesia: Jum’atil Fajar
• Iran: Reza Assadi
• Italy: Paola De Castro (HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2012)
• Kenya: Muthoni Gichohi, James Kimani, Beatrice Muraguri
• Kosovo: Hektor Binishi
• Liberia: Sahr Joseph Nyuma
• Macedonia: Elisaveta Stikova
• Madagascar: Irene Randriamampianina, Hanitriniony Raoninah
• Malawi: Bernard Chilombe
• Malaysia: Dennis McMahon, Zuhanariah Mohd Nordin
• Mali: Abdrahamane Anne
• Mauritius: Shakeel Panchoo
• Micronesia: Denitha Palemar
• Morocco: Younes Cherradi
• Mozambique: Flatiel Vilanculos
• Myanmar: Wunna Tun
• Namibia: Steve Kabamba
• Nepal: Tara Ballav Adhikari (HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2012), Amrit Banstola, Bishwa Raj Dawadi, Yadav Prasad Joshi, Kumar Paudel, Sudarshan Paudel, Roman Shrestha
• Nigeria: Olayinka Akanke Abosede, Grace Ajuwon, Olayinka Ayankogbe, Princess E.O. Nwafor-Orizu (HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2011), Francis Ohanyido, Ekezie Ralueke Oluchukwu (HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2013), Olukayode Yinka Oluyemi, Isaiah Oluwatobi Owolabi
• Oman: Afzal Siddique
• Pakistan: Kashif Adnan, Immad Ali, Akhtar Amin, Majid Khan Kakakhel, Shafaat Khan, Usma Khan, Numan Majeed (HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2012), Maryam Noor Malik, Salman Bin Naeem, Mahwish Nasim, Anis Rehman
• Philippines: Dennis Amando, Chiongbian Formoso, Patrick Soria
• Qatar: Tatjana Martinoska
• Republic of the Congo: Pascal Mouhouelo
• Russia: Vasiliy Vlassov
• Rwanda: Jean Bosco Gasherebuka, Emmanuel Ngabire
• Somalia: Abdi Abdirashid Hashi
• South Africa: Volene Werely
• South Sudan: Wycliffe Matende
• Sri Lanka: Saroj Jayasinghe
• Tanzania: Haruna Hussein, Jackton Kaijage, Heka Mapunda, Massimo Serventi
• Trinidad & Tobago: Sonia V Roache-Barker
• Uganda: Jane Akora, Alison Kinengyere, Julius Omara, Richard Ssenono, Daniel Stern
• United Arab Emirates: Syed Abdal Ahmad Khan
• USA: Bill Cayley, Kimberly Harding
• West Bank/Gaza: Barbara Stilwell
• Zambia: Christine Kanyengo
• Zimbabwe: Agnes Chikonzo, Charles Dhewa

HIFA Country Representatives in Africa

Haruna Hussein, Tanzania

Grace Ajuwon, Nigeria

Beatrice Muraguri, Kenya

Francis Ohanyido, Nigeria

Isaiah Owolabi, Nigeria

Princess Uju Nwafor-Orizu, Nigeria

Alison Kinengyere, Uganda

Eben Afari-Kumah, Ghana

Volene Werely, South Africa

James Tseyah, Cameroon

Shakeel Panchoo, Mauritius

Olukayode Yinka Oluyemi, Nigeria

Didier Demassosso, Cameroon

Jess-Alfred Nondho, DR Congo

Workineh Getahun, Ethiopia

Charles Dhewa, Zimbabwe

Toumzghi Sengal, Eritrea

Sahr Joseph Nyuma, Liberia

Pascal Mouhouelo, Republic of the Congo


Gladys Dadzie, Ghana

Wycliffe Matende, South Sudan

Daniel Stern, Uganda

Jackton Kaijage, Tanzania

Julius Omara, Uganda

Flatiel Vilanculos, Mozambique

Olayinka Akanke Abosede is a consultant in Community Health (Primary Health Care) at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, an Associate Professor at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria and Chairman of the Lagos State Primary Health Care Board. She is a Fellow of the Nigerian College of Physicians and the West African College of Physicians. She is also a Hubert Humphrey Fellow Alumnus (International Health at the Johns Hopkins University) and has been Resident Advisor to US based International Partners, Project Hope and Wellstart International. She is interested in sustainable community-based health interventions, poverty amelioration and early life education for under-fives. yinkabosede02 AT yahoo.com

Eben Afari-Kumah is a PhD candidate at the Accra Institute of Technology, Ghana. He is also a Research Scientist with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ghana, and an adjunct Lecturer at the University of Ghana (School of Public Health and Business School). His Master’s Dissertation was on “Developing patient data mining system for the University of Ghana Hospital. Eben is currently researching into the adoption, use and sustainabilty of Telemedicine in Ghana. eben.afari AT gmail.com

Grace Ajuwon is the Reference and Information Services Librarian at the University of Ibadan, College of Medicine, E. Latunde Odeku Medical Library, Nigeria. agajuwon AT yahoo.com

Jane Amongi Akora is Librarian at WHO Country Office, Uganda. akoraj AT ug.afro.who.int

Abdrahamane Anne is librarian at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Bamako, Mali. girlajo AT gmail.com

Olayinka O. Ayankogbe is Senior Lecturer in Family Medicine and Head, Family Medicine Unit, Department Of Community Health and Primary care, College of Medicine, University of Lagos and also Consultant in charge of Family Medicine Unit, Primary Care Health Center, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Pakoto, Ogun state. His interests are in Primary Health Care, Adolescent care, quality improvement and Public/Private partnerships and ICPC-2 (International Classification of Primary Care). yinayanks AT yahoo.com

Getachew Bayissa is Head, Department of Information Science, Jimma University, Ethiopia, and is affiliated with University Library.

Agnes Chikonzo is a HIFA Country Representative and medical librarian at the University of Zimbabwe, Harare. achikonzo AT uzlib.uz.ac.zw

Bernard Chilombe is a librarian with the Medical Research Institution Malawi and works with the North Carolina Project Malawi. chibernard AT gmail.com

Gladys Ofosu Dadzie is an Enrolled Nurse at the Airport Clinic Ltd in Ghana. Professional interests: General nursing care and Emergency nursing. gladysgh2007 AT yahoo.com

Didier Demassosso is a school counsellor trained at the University of Bamenda, graduating student in clinical psychology from the University of Yaounde, Cameroon. His scientific interests include: Clinical Psychology, Counseling psychology, School Counseling, Clinical Counseling, Environmental Psychology and Cyber psychology. He has created a blog called ICT and Kulture which aims at promoting ICT knowledge and ICT awareness to women and children using ICT (basically the internet). With this portal, he entails to inform and educate people mostly of the developing countries about ICT and related issues of equal relevance such as ICT and health, ICT and culture, ICT and the environment and so on. The use of ICT has greatly improved on healthcare in most parts of Africa and the world. Didier believes its effective savvy and use within developing countries can be of great help to disseminate information that can save lives. With respect to research Didier is presently very interested in trauma within sexual violence, information treatment, the mind and environment. He is also working on several research projects in the fields of psychology (clinical psychology, school psychology, clinical psychology, environmental psychology and cyberpsychology). With respect to these fields he is actively seeking for more and varied research experience. Recently he co-authoured in a peer-reviewed journal on one of a most fundamental construct that of nostalgia. Professionally he is interested in Clinical Psychology and Counseling psychology (research, practice, and teaching). didier.demassosso AT gmail.com

Charles Dhewa is Managing Director of Knowledge Transfer Africa, Zimbabwe. dhewac AT yahoo.co.uk

Andre Shongo Diamba is a medical doctor, currently in GLOBAL HEALTH SYSTEM AND DEVELOPMENT training, a master in public health program at Tulane University, school of health and tropical medicine, New Orleans, USA. Previously, Andre worked as coordinator at PISRF- Programme Integrale de sante reproduction et familial (Integrated program of reproductive health and Family), a DRC participative NGO of family planning and reproductive health who provide awareness and care in favor of women and children of low social area , and toward this group to whole community. PISRF undertake sociological, public health and biomedical research in the matter, it encourage the humanitarian and research project and open his availability to all. Andre has a tremendous experience in providing community reproductive health projects such information, communication education; provide care and leading the research. He has participated at many international conferences in the field of reproductive health and population, health, environment. Andre is interesting to provide the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) in the DRC and very engaging, He pleads for public private partnership and the improving of use of mobile phone as a network able to raise the awareness of reproductive health and support the country commitment to do progress in this matter. He received the HIFA2015 Country Representatives certificate of achievement at 2013, and is writing two books as help memory to facilitate the one- to- one members contact. Andre can be contacted at pisrfrdcATyahoo.fr

Benedicte Dundaguza is Documentalist at WHO, Bujumbura, Burundi. bdundaguza AT yahoo.com

Jean Bosco Gasherebuka works with World Health Organization/Rwanda as Health Information and Promotion Officer. His interests include Health Promotion, Health Community, School Health, Fighting against tobacco and other non communicable diseases and Health Information in general. gasherebukab AT rw.afro.who.int

Workineh Getahun is a pharmacist working at MSH/SIAPS- Ethiopia as Senior Technical Adviser for Drug and Therapeutics Committee/Drug Information Services(DTC/DIS). Duties include provision of technical assistance to stakeholders in the country to strengthen pharmaceutical services and promote rational use of medicines through the establishment and strengthening of DTCs and DIS at health facilities. workineh_2004 AT yahoo.com

Muthoni Gichohi works with Family Health Options Kenya and is the programme manager (Library and Information Services). Main interests: Administration, management and dissemination of multimedia health information to the medics, paramedics, patients, the aged, the disabled and other clients interested in health related information. mgichohi AT fhok.org

Haruna Hussein is Chief Librarian at the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Tanzania. He is a HIFA Country Representative for Tanzania. harunahus AT yahoo.com

Steve N Kabamba is a Medical Officer at Swakopmund District Hospital, Ministry of Health and Social Services, Namibia. His professional interests include Child and Maternal Health. stevekabamba AT gmail.com

Jackton Kaijage M.Lib. (Information Systems and Services for Health Care), PG Dip. in Librarianship (University of Wales, Aberystywyth, UK), B.Ed. (Teachers’ Education) (Hons.) (University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), Grade IIIA Teaching Certificate (Morogoro Teachers’ Training College, Morogoro, Tanzania). Mr. Kaijage is the Chief Librarian, Kibaha Public Library (KPL), Directorate of Education Services (DES), Kibaha Education Centre (KEC). He is also involved in doing research carried out by KEC and facilitating short courses designed by KEC in view to address development problems namely: ignorance; diseases and poverty. He often offers Kiswahili to English and English to Kiswahili translation services. jackliv AT yahoo.com

Christine Kanyengo is Deputy University Librarian at the School of Medicine, University of Zambia. mkanyengo AT yahoo.co.uk

James Kimani is East Africa Regional Representative, Book Aid International. He is based in Nairobi, Kenya. olekimani AT yahoo.com

Alison Kinengyere is Serials librarian at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala, Uganda. alisonk AT chs.mak.ac.ug

Heka Mapunda is an Information Resources Officer at Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health-Ifakara, Tanzania. Professional interests: To search, organize, process, and disseminate update health information and knowledge for users. hekamap2002 AT yahoo.co.uk

Gwewasang Martin is a Clinician in private practice with a generalist background in clinical public health management, administration and training, and has specialized in NGO management and micro-clinic development and medical leadership management and quality improvement at all stages of the medical career for the benefit of patients since 1995. He is the Founder & CEO of Adele Reproductive Health Foundation and Co-founder of the Youth Policy Group for Reproductive Health (YPG) project in Cameroon Through the project of the Clinical Training Center for Family Planning, he is working with public health frontline professionals and volunteers to develop a package of interventions to make reproductive health/family planning 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. He would welcome contact from others with a similar interest in order to work collaboratively. Professional: family medicine, Global Health, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, school and community health, abuse and gender-based violence. adele_healthcentre AT yahoo.fr

Wycliffe Matende works with Integrated Service Delivery Project / Action Africa Help International (ISDP/AAH), South Sudan. wmatende AT yahoo.com

Pascal Mouhouelo is Head Librarian at WHO/AFRO. He is also a trainer for biomedical researchers using the HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme, which offers free or very low cost online access to the major journals in biomedical not-for-profit institutions in developing countries. He is also Coordinator of the African Index Medicus and the lead author of a PLOS Medicine 2006 article “Where There Is No Internet: Delivering Health Information via the Blue Trunk Libraries.” which describes a practical way to address the local absence of internet and contemporary medical textbooks in many African health care settings. mouhouelop AT afro.who.int

Beatrice Muraguri is Health Information Officer with the Ministry of Health, Nairobi, Kenya. bemura68 AT yahoo.com

Emmanuel Ngabire is a Teacher at the National University of Rwanda. Professional interests: Quality Health Care for All. Health Promotion. engabire AT nur.ac.rw

Jess-Alfred Nondho is a Midwife and President of the GVP-MASAR/RDC (Volunteer Group for the Promotion of Risk-Free Maternity in the Democratic Republic of Congo). nondho AT yahoo.fr

Princess Uju Nwafor-Orizu (HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2011) – is a Medical Librarian at the Medical Library, College of Health Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi, Anambra State Nigeria. hovoa2001 AT yahoo.com

Sahr Joseph Nyuma is Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at Plan International in Liberia. Professional interests: Public Health, Epidemiology. nyumasahrjoseph80 AT gmail.com

Francis Ohanyido is a Harvard postgraduate alumnus, Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (UK), and Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (UK). He is a seasoned Public Health Physician with a Health System Strengthening, Project Management, Malaria and Reproductive Health background. He has been a Visiting Associate Professor of Public Health and now and i-Novate 2100 Adjunct Professor of Project Management, and has worked at various times with WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR, USAID, Avallain | Google and so forth. He served as rapporteur for the UN Professional Support Group for MDGs in Africa a non-state Think-Tank. He has also been a pioneer advocate for Health Information Technology use in Africa, and was part of the core team that institutionalised the Pan-African Conference on Telemedicine and eHealth (PACTe). He holds advocacy positions as a Facilitator on the National Health Sector Reform Coalition (NHSRC) in Nigeria, Country Representative of HIFA, Chair of the International Public Health Forum (IPHF), and member of the Core Technical Committee of the national level of the Integrated Maternal Newborn and Child Health (IMNCH) partnership chaired by FMoH. In the past, he had served as Special Advisor to the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and Advisor to the Senate Committee on Health. He currently heads Synergy PMP a for-profit development-oriented project, information and knowledge management organisation as the Chief of Party /Team Leader, Nigeria. http://www.synergypmp.org.ng ohanyido AT doctor.com

Ekezie Ralueke Oluchukwu is a Nurse / Care Coordinator at Precious Health Care Ltd, Nigeria. Professional interests: Administration, Speech, Implementation, Primary Health Care,Home Care, Research. ekezier AT yahoo.com, Founder/CEO: Blue Torch Home Care Ltd. Ekezie is HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2013. www.bluetorchhomecare.org ralueke AT bluetorchhomecare.org

Olukayode Yinka Oluyemi is a Urological Surgeon at Bliss Hospital, Ijoku, Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria, and Scholar of the Societie Internationale d’Urologie (2011). He was formerly at Division of Urological Surgery, Department of Surgery, University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, Nigeria. His professional interests include Endourology and Urolaparoscopy; Medical Education, Management and Financial Analysis. oluyemi AT urologist.md

Julius Omara is an Assistant Medical Records Officer in charge of the Hospital medical library at Gulu Regional Referral and Teaching Hospital in Uganda. He has a professional interest in library management. Email address: omarajulius AT gmail.com

Isaiah Oluwatobi Owolabi is Project Manager at HACEY (Health Actions Concerning the Environment and You), Nigeria. His professional interests include project management, information technology, writing and editing. toubyke AT yahoo.com

Shakeel Panchoo holds a MSc in Health Care Management, Wales, UK and a MSc Safety Promotion, KI, Sweden. He retired as Head of the Health Information, Education and Communication Unit at the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, Mauritius in November 2011 to take employment as Communication Manager on a contract basis at the Ministry of Environment & Sustainable Development.His one year contract has come to term in November 2012. His recent achievement has been the production of a short clip entitled ‘Maurice Ile Durable’ (Mauritius A Sustainable Island) in English, French and Creole versions. This clip is available on www.mid.mu and the French version has been presented at the RIO+20 Earth Summit in Brazil in June 2012. He is now the Managing Director of Tropical Enterprise Co. Ltd which is a Business & Consultancy Company. He is also President of the Health and Safety Promotion Network (NGO). Professional interests include: (i) Health Promotion in view to bring about behaviour modifications in the lifestyles of the population, especially in children by informing and educating them about the benefits of adopting healthy lifestyles since their young age; (ii)Safety Promotion educate both adults and children about safe behaviours at home, in their living environment and on the road, amongst others. shakeelpanchoo AT yahoo.com

Irene Randriamampianina works at the Centre Appareillage Befelatanana, Madagascar. cammad_befela AT yahoo.fr

Hanitriniony Raoninah is a Doctor at Association de Médecine Physique et de Réadaptation de Madagascar (AMPR Mada) in Madagascar. Professional interests: Rehabilitation. onyhanitra AT gmail.com

Toumzghi Sengal is a physician assistant and currently works as editor and free lance consultant in Eritrea and East Africa region. toumzghisen11 AT gmail.com

Massimo Serventi is a paediatrician at AISPO (Associazione Italiana per la Solidarieta fra I Popoli), Italy. Professional interests include child malnutrition, pediatric hospitals, drugs for children, sustainability of services for children. massimoser20 AT gmail.com

Andre Shongo works with Programme Integre de Sante de Reproduction et Familiale (Integrated Program of Health of Reproduction and Family)-PISRF. He is a doctor, reproductive health provider and health communicator for the population. The Democratic republic of Congo is one of the few in Africa on progress towards the MDGs. It has been a slump for over a decade due to social instability, then as post-conflict country, the reconstruction program does not start at all, including health. Andre believes that for a large country like DR Congo, located in the heart of Africa and sharing borders with nine countries, it is not significant to leave entire groups of people in ignorance of a global approach. The pr iority is to raise awareness on the MDGs, especially MDG 4,5 and 6, information, education and communication on the health of both beneficiaries and suppliers in the Democratic Republic of Congo by 2015. pisrfrdc AT yahoo.fr

Richard Ssenono is a Librarian at the Infectious Disease Institute in Uganda. ssenono AT idi.co.ug

Daniel Stern is Director of Mobile Monday Kampala, and a co-founder of mHealth Uganda with a passion for helping countries attain MDGs 4 & 5. DanielRStern AT gmail.com

Solomon Bayugo Sulemani is Assistant Librarian (User Services) at the College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana Medical School, Accra, Ghana. sbayugo AT yahoo.com

James Mbungyuh Tseyah is Chief Executive Officer at the Cameroon League for Development. Professional interests: To promote professionalism in Cameroon; Care and support for the Aged; Promote the education and the culture of our nation; Training seminars and workshops; Promote agriculture; Care and support for the under privilege widows and orphans; Promote research; Promote volunteerism; Social theatre; HIV and AIDS sensitisation and prevention. camleadngo AT gmail.com

Flatiel Vilanculos is Documentation Officer for WHO Mozambique. He is also Secretary General of AHILA (Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa). vilanculosf AT mz.afro.who.int

Volene Werely is a Manager of health care, Lady Guinevere Academy, South Africa. Professional interests: Health Care, Maternal and child as well as youth; HIV/AIDS. volenew AT gmail.com

HIFA Country Representatives in the Americas

Bill Cayley, USA

Fiona Stephenson, Haiti

Demain Herrera, Dominican Republic

Kimberly Harding, USA

Jackeline Alger, Honduras

Jackeline Alger works in the Parasitology Service, Department of Clinical Laboratories, Hospital Escuela Universitario, and at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. jackelinealger AT gmail.com

Bill Cayley is a family practice doctor working in Augusta, Wisconsin, USA (rural city of 1500). He teaches family medicine residents at the Eau Claire Family Medicine Residency (Eau Claire, WI, USA). His professional interests include Evidence-based medicine, primary care cardiology, and global health. bcayley AT yahoo.com

Kimberly Harding is the President of Monarch Innovation Partners in the U.S.A kimharding AT hotmail.com

Demian Herrera is a Thesis Assessment / Biochemistry Teacher / Pediatrician at the Universidad Odontologica Dominicana in the Dominican Republic. Professional interests: Enteric diseases such as diarrhea, Intestinal microbiome, child health. herreramorbanmd AT gmail.com

Sonia V Roache-Barker is a Family Medical Practitioner at Good Health Medical Centre, Medcorp Ltd, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies. She is Executive Director- Caribbean College of Family Physicians (CCFP) www.caribgp.org ; Associate Lecturer-Family Medicine Unit, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies (UWI) ;Medical Superintendent, Port Authority of Trinidad & Tobago(T&T) ; Member Essential National Health Research Council of Trinidad & Tobago ; Member Trinidad & Tobago Medical Association ; Member of panel of judges for the Annual PAHO Media health awards for Trinidad & Tobago. She innovated a Programme “Dial-a-Doctor” giving advice on health and wellness to the general public in T&T. She is one of the founders of a Wellness Company in T&T- Better Health Ltd www.phac.com ; www.wellnesscaribbean.com She is committed to sharing messages of health, wellness, prevention, and medical professionalism. svrccfp AT yahoo.com

Fiona Stephenson is Director, Klinik Kay Kapab Rehabilitation Centre, Healing Hands for Haiti, Haiti. Professional interests: Nursing, Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Wound Care. She is a Clinical Nurse Specialist (Spinal); Coordinator, Haiti Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Database & Working Group www.haitisci.org ; Member, Education & Disaster Committees, International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) & contributor to the SCI elearning Modules www.elearnsci.org ; Co-founder, International Network of SCI Nurses www.scinurse.org ; Founding Member, Spinal Advisory Working Group (UK); Contributor to The Surviving Gun Violence Project Book “Gun Violence, Disability & Recovery” http://survivinggunviolence.org/book/ ; and Coordinator for The Waterlow Pressure Ulcer Prevention Tool. http://www.judy-waterlow.co.uk Email: fistephenson AT gmail.com

HIFA Country Representatives in Eastern Mediterranean Region

Akhtar Amin, Pakistan

Tatjana Martinoska, Qatar

Salman Bin Naeem, Pakistan

Anis Rehman, Pakistan

Randa Abu-Youssef, Egypt

Majid Khan Kakakhel, Pakistan

Kashif Adnan, Pakistan

Reza Assadi, Iran

Nermine El-Bahtimy, Egypt

Farhan Abdul Rauf, Afghanistan

Randa Abu-Youssef is a medical student from Alexandria Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria, Egypt. daretobe85 AT yahoo.com

Kashif Adnan is a Doctor at the Raheel Dental Surgery in Pakistan. Professional interests: Dentistry, Medicine, Surgery. He is currently working as District Epidemiologist District Tank, KP, Pakistan on honorary basis.
kashanku AT yahoo.co.uk

Immad Ali is a Medical Technologist at Medical Sciences, Pakistan. Professional interests: Immad_rulz_4ever AT yahoo.com

Akhtar Amin is Founder and President, PMSRS (Pakistan Medical Students Research Society). PMSRS has 500 members and coordinators in 20 colleges. PMSRS has conducted workshops and seminars, and linked 26 students via a Student Mentor Project (a project that links students to researchers and finds a place for them to work as a research assistant). PMSRS plans to develop collaborations in order to promote research among medical students. www.pmsrs.com akhtar.amin AT live.com

Reza Assadi is an Epidemiologist at Mashhad University of Medical Sciences,Iran. Professional interests: Health information provider. Developer of electronic resources for health. Evidence-based specialist. Website specialist for health and related disciplines. assadi.reza AT gmail.com

Nermine El-Bahtimy is the director of the Training and Resource Centre at Magrabi Foundation, an Egyptian charitable NGO dedicated to combating eye disease. nermine AT alnoor.org.eg

Majid Khan Kakakhel is a medical student at the Peshawar Medical College in Pakistan. Professional interests: work in Health Care Organizations, Charity and Welfare. majidjankakakhel AT gmail.com

Shafaat A Khan is Advisor/ Head of Health Informatics Department, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan. He is a consultant radiologist and has an interest in public health, and teaching and research in Health Informatics. drshafaat AT comsats.edu.pk

Syed Abdal Ahmad Khan is an Assistant Librarian at Ras al-Khaimah Medical & Health Sciences University in United Arab Emirates. syed.abdal AT rakmhsu.ac.ae

Uzma Khan is a community midwifery trainer and clinical supervisor in Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Ministry of Health, Government of Punjab, Pakistan. Professional interests: community health specifically mother and child health. dr.uhkhan AT yahoo.com

Numan Majeed (HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2012) is a medical graduate from Pakistan. Along with studies, he is working as editor/reviewer and for several medical journals. He is also involved in a number of medical societies/associations. He has done some researches himself, and is now guiding other students regarding research and publication. Basic interests are clinical genetics and molecular medicine. a1num86 AT gmail.com

Maryam Noor Malik is a Medical Student at the Rawalpindi Medical College, Pakistan. Professional interests: I’m currently a student in my final year and would like to work as a gynaecologist in the social development health sector. She is also Regional Chairperson for Asian Medical Student Association (AMSA) Pakistan. maryam.malik28 AT yahoo.com

Tatjana Martinoska is a Medical Doctor, PhD candidate at IEDC Bled School of Management and owner of consultancy company representing the school in MENA region. She has extensive experience in UNICEF BFHI implementation and UNHCR medical evacuation and emergency response programs. Currently is working in Qatar on CSR projects involved to assist companies implementing UN Global Compact sustainable development seeking to empower networks by setting standards and equipping them to facilitate transformative actions and solutions that impact the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and support widespread advances in corporate sustainability performance. Devoted to fostering development of actions to reach MDG globally, support Philanthropy and Health Care worldwide through established partnerships facilitating consultancies, expertise and skills transfer services. tmartinoska AT gmail.com

Younes Cherradi is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Medical and Surgical Research, Morocco. cherradiyounes AT hotmail.com

Salman Bin Naeem is a Medical Librarian at The Children’s Hospital & Institute of Child Health, Multan, Pakistan. Professional interests: rovision of Clinical Information to Isolated Rural/Remote Health Professionals. salmanbaluch AT gmail.com

Mahwish Nasim is a Medical student at Dow Medical College, Pakistan. Professional interests: reading articles on health issues; involve in research work; interested in writing articles on health issues. mahwish-nasim AT hotmail.com

Farhan Abdul Rauf is Chief Program Officer | Program Department at the Sanayee Development Organization (SDO) in Afghanistan. Professional interests: Education, peace building, community development and community health, in remote and underserved rural areas of Afghanistan. chiefofficer.sdo AT gmail.com

Anis Rehman works as a Physician at Al Barkat Welfare Medical Center and as a Research Associate at Advanced Educational Institute and Research Center, Pakistan. In recent past, he has done research at Johns Hopkins, USA and Dow University, Pakistan. He established Pakistan Medical Students’ Research Society (www.pmsrs.com) and launched Journal of Pakistan Medical Students (www.jpmsonline.com) where he is Associate Chief Editor. At the moment he is looking for a paid research in UK/USA as a research associate/research assistant/Post doc fellow in internal medicine/sub specialties. Long term career goals include getting post grad training in internal medicine from United States and to work as a certified physician. anisramay AT gmail.com

Afzal Siddique is a Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health, Oman. Professional interests: Health care information. Community health. Disaster management. bonescan2010 AT hotmail.com

Barbara Stilwell is Chief of Party for the Palestinian Health Capacity Project based in Ramallah, West Bank. She is also a Senior Director for Health Workforce Solutions for IntraHealth International, and provides technical inputs to IntraHealth’s work.

HIFA2015 Country Representatives in Europe

Per Kallestrup, Denmark

Elisaveta Stikova

Elisaveta Stikova, Macedonia

Paola de Castro, Italy

Hektor Binishi is a Specialist of Family Medicine and Coordinator of Family Medicine Training Centre & Learning Resource Centre, Gjakova, Kosovo. Interests include implementation of IT in health care, and evidence based medicine. hbinishi AT yahoo.com

Paola De Castro (HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2012) is Director of the Publishing Unit at Istituto Superiore di Sanita’, Italy. Professional interests: open access publishing, training, information literacy, editing, international cooperation. paola.decastro AT iss.it

Irina Ibraghimova is a medical librarian, based in Croatia, and works with health care professionals in the countries of the Former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, and Africa. Her interests include evidence-based practice (both in health care and in library/informatics field). http://www.lrcnetwork.org/
http://www.healthconnect-intl.org/ ibra AT zadar.net

Per Kallestrup is a Medical Doctor, Specialist of Family Medicine and works in a large 8-partner-Practice close to Aarhus, Denmark. He is Chairman of Partners in Practice an International Development Programme of the Danish College of General Practitioners devoted to fostering development of Primary Health Care worldwide through established partnerships facilitating consultancies, expertise and skills transfer services. He is Director of Center for Global Health at Aarhus University GloHAU focusing on the contribution of Primary Health Care to Global Health through research and education. kallestrup AT dadlnet.dk

Elisaveta Stikova is a Professor at the Public Health Institute of the Medical Faculty at Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje (UKIM) in Macedonia. Professional interests: improvement of health care in the country through the data collection and dissemination of health care indicators and use of the data and indicators to develop appropriate health policy in achievement of Millennium Development Goals. estikova AT gmail.com

Vasiliy Vlassov is a Professor at First State Moscow Medical University, Russia. Professional interests: Non-communicable diseases epi, obesity, screening. Email: vlassov AT cochrane.ru

HIFA2015 Country Representatives in South East Asia

Gopal Chandra Ghosh, India

Manish Kumar, India

Tamoghna Biswas, India

Vivek Chhabra, India

Yadav Joshi, Nepal

Tara Ballav Adhikari, Nepal

Soumyadeep Bhaumik, India

Chopperla S K Dattatreya Sitaram

Mittal Abhishek, India

Amrit Banstola, Nepal

Pranab Chatterjee, India

Murali Prasad, India

Ramachandran Murali, India

Sudarshan Paudel, Nepal

Shariful Islam, Bangladesh

Sankalp Yadav, India

Kumar Paudel, Nepal

Pandup Tshering, Bhutan

Mittal Abhishek is a medical student and young researcher at the Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India. He has worked as Google Campus Health Ambassador for Google Health Speak Project in association with Wikipedia which was aimed at making health knowledge accessible to all irrespective of their language. mittal.abhishek16 AT gmail.com

Tara Ballav Adhikari (HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2012) is Focal Point In-charge of People’s Health Movement Nepal Students’ Circle. Mr. Adhikari is a health worker and advocates for the health rights of people. His professional interest and passion is Peoples health needs and problems. Which always motivated him to help them to do better. He wants to see people educated, empowered and healthy. For achieving these he works for them, believing in advocacy “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed”. adhikaritaraballav AT gmail.com

Amrit Banstola is currently working as a Program Officer at Nyaya Health in the rural far western region of Nepal is also a founder and editor in-chief of Public Health Perspective Nepal (first public health online newsletter of Nepal). He is a young public health graduate, researcher and climate change health activist of Nepal. Banstola whose research interest includes child health and climate change is actively working to protect public health from climate change impacts as an emerging priority. Banstola is also a column writer of Climate Himalaya (India), Action leader of NCD Action Network and was a lecturer at Kantipur College of Medical Science (KCMS) (2012-2013). He loves to capture videos and photographs that represent climate change and child health issues. amritbanstola AT outlook.com

Soumyadeep Bhaumik (HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2012) is a physician and a Senior Research Scientist at the South Asian Cochrane Network & Centre, Prof BV Moses for Research and Evidence-Informed Health Care, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. He has previously worked on an honorary basis as medical sub-editor in Your Health, a magazine by Indian Medical Association, Editor and Head of News at Journal of Pakistan Medical Students (JPMS), Editorial Consultant at JPMS Blogs and Medical Sub Editor of the Journal of Indian Medical Association, India. Professional interests: Evidence based health care, Resource poor health care systems, medical ethics. drsoumyadeepbhaumik AT gmail.com

Tamoghna Biswas is a medical graduate and independent researcher from Kolkata, India. Professional interests include: 1. Global health 2. Translational research 3. Molecular genetics. tamoghnab AT gmail.com

Pranab Chatterjee is a doctor, recently qualified from the Medical College, West Bengal University of Health Sciences, Kolkata, India. His professional interests include Translational Research and Neurology. http://pranabchatterjee.wordpress.com pranabchatterjee AT hotmail.com

Vivek Chhabra is a Specialty Emergency Physician at James Paget University Hospital, UK. After basic and advanced training by Indian Army and corporate sector and experiences in the field of Emergency and Trauma Medicine at regional and tertiary settings in the UK and Australia he is pursuing installation of point of care systems of emergency medical care in India and applied same while serving MAX Healthcare. Besides faculty for ATLS®, American College of Surgeons, he has special interest in the field of Disaster Medicine which reflects from services in Bihar Floods 2008 via Doctors For You and pioneer Senior Specialist position with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Govt of India where contributed for Medical Preparedness, H1N1 Pandemic and Guidelines for Management of Dead. He also happens to be the only medical doctor of India trained in didactic Management of Dead in Disasters by ICRC at Geneva, Switzerland. drvivekchhabra AT yahoo.co.uk

Nisha Dahiya is a Medical Student at Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Govt. Medical Sciences & Research Institute, Uttarakhand, India. Professional interests: 1. Cardiology, Obs gynae and oncology. 2. Research in oncology and infertility in gynaecology. nishadahiyaarya AT gmail.com

Bishwa Raj Dawadi is a community based family physician with YASHA, Nepal. bishwadawadi AT hotmail.com

Gopal Chandra Ghosh is a medical post graduate student of internal medicine at PGIMER & Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, India. He is a peer reviewer in “Journal of Medical Case Reports”. Professional interests: 1. interventional cardiology, 2.working for underpriviledged society of India, 3. improving knowledge of basic health providers in rural India. gcghosh86 AT gmail.com

Shariful Islam is a Senior Research Investigator at the Center for Chronic Diseases, International Center for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR, B), Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has 12 years of experience with United Nations, NGOs, research and academic institutes in health programs and research interventions. His area of interest include: chronic non-communicable diseases, health systems, operations research, maternal and child health and health rights. sharif.undp AT gmail.com

Saroj Jayasinghe is Consultant Physician and Professor, Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is currently on sabbatical leave in the UK. His professional interests include social issues (e.g. health inequalities, poverty) and policy. He is interested and concerned about the cultural and language barriers against free flow of health information, especially among lay public. sarojoffice AT yahoo.com

Manish Kumar works with the Vistaar Project in India. IntraHealth International, Inc. is the lead implementing agency for this USAID funded maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition project. Manish is interested in knowledge-to-practice issues for getting evidence integrated into public health programs and policies. mkumar AT intrahealth.org

Dharmesh Lal is Associate Dean at the Institute of Health Management Research, India. Professional interests: Public Health. dharmeshlal AT yahoo.co.in

Ramachandran Murali is Professor and Head, Community Medicine Department, Chettinad Hospitals and Research Institute, India. His professional interests include Health information System, Rational use of drugs, Eradication of diseases – both communicable and non communicable diseases, Participation in global Health related activities, Environmental Health. drsmurali49 AT gmail.com

Anantha Naik Nagappa works at Manipul University, India. He has an interest in the management of health services. anantha1232000 AT gmail.com

Kumar Paudel is a medical student at the Institute of Medicine in Nepal. Professional interests: Health for all. kumarpaudel AT live.com

Sudarshan Paudel is Assistant Profesor of Health Education and Behaviour Promotion and Coordinator of Community Based Learning & Education (CBLE) in Department of Community Health Science at Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Nepal. He is public health person by training and have long experience of working in rural remote community. sudarshanpaudel AT gmail.com

Murali Prasad is Chief Librarian at the Public Health Foundation of India, Indian Institute of Public Health. murali.prasad AT iiphh.org

Yadav Prasad Joshi has completed MSc in Zoology majoring Parasitology and MA in Psychology majoring Clinical Psychology from Tribhuvan University Nepal. He has more than 10 years teaching experience in different colleges of Nepal in Zoology, Parasitology, Epidemiology, Physiology, Anatomy etc. He has current affiliation with different institutions as: Lecturer in Kantipur College of Medical Science Nepal, Editorial Board Member in the Journal of Infection for Developing Countries Italy, Advisory Committee Member in Nepal Public Health Network, Biology Sub Group Member in Working Group with New TB Drugs USA and Scientific Officer for South Asia in Biodyss (Member of Stop TB Partnership) France. Mr. Joshi has wide area of research experience in infectious diseases epidemiology in particular HIV, TB and malaria. He has published the research papers both in national and international journals. He is particularly interested to work in the HIV, TB malaria and infectious diseases with respect to climate change mostly in African and Asian nations. yadav_joshi at yahoo dot co dot in

Roman Shrestha is Founder and Co-Director of Nepal Public Health Network, Nepal. He is an emerging Public Health leader with strong passion and desire to gain practical, hands-on experience in the field, both nationally and internationally. His practice/research interests include global health, infectious diseases (particularly HIV/AIDS), health care disparities, program evaluation and health policy and program. Upon completion of MPH in Epidemiology, Roman plan to transition into a doctoral program in Global Health focusing on infectious disease. Additionally, Roman wants to continue working in a leadership capacity for Nepal Public Health Network and focus on implementing different collaborating processes among public health organizations, academes, and health care professionals of Nepal and abroad. romanshre AT gmail.com

Chopperla S K S K Dattatreya Sitaram is a Medical Student attending Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, India. sitaram.pg AT gmail.com

Pandup Tshering is a medical doctor and Registrar of the Bhutan Medical and Health Council, Ministry of Health, Thimphu, Bhutan. tsheringdup AT gmail.com

Wunna Tun is the Vice Chairperson of Myanmar Medical Association, Young Doctor Society and is based in Myanmar. dr.wunnatun AT hotmail.com

Sankalp Yadav is a medical student at Rural Medical College, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Loni, Maharashtra, India. Professional interests: Sankalp is interested in taking a job which gives opportunity to create mass awareness about health, hygiene and proper knowledge about various government schemes, and would love to work for curing the sufferings of the underprivileged sections and the most important to make health professionals well aware of the basic knowledge, so that no patient should die because of lack of knowledge and facilities. sankalpy AT yahoo.com

Jenifer Binta Yeasin is a Medical Student at Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh. Professional interests: Medical research, medicine,paediatrics, public health, medical campaign. jenifer_adhora AT yahoo.com

HIFA2015 Country Representatives in Western Pacific Region

Lily King, China

Zuhanariah Mohd Nordin, Malaysia

Chiongbian Formoso, Philippines

Dennis McMahon, Malaysia

Dennis G Amando is Research Coordinator at the University of Southern Mindanao, College of Health Sciences in the Philippines. He is also currently the President of Philippine Nursing Research Society, Inc (PNRSI) – North Cotabato Cell. Professional interests: Community Health, Nursing Education, Research and Management, Gerontology. dennis_2bu AT yahoo.com

Jum’atil Fajar is Medical Care Director at RSUD dr. H. Soemarno Sosroatmodjo, Indonesia. Professional interests: Distributing electronic health information among doctors. jumatil AT gmail.com

Chiongbian Formoso is a nurse researcher at UP Manila-Philippine General Hospital, nursing services – dnrd, Philippines. Professional interests: nursing informatics, nursing research, free and open source software. jhformosojr AT post.upm.edu.ph

Lily King is the Director of China Britain Health Link UK. Professional interests: Bring together partnership between the Chinese health sectors and those of the UK or other countries. To tackle global health care staff shortage issues. Lily king is campaigning for free healthcare for all worldwide by the year 2015. King.cbha AT gmail.com

Dennis McMahon is the Author of the upcoming book “The Poverty Pit” – a book that takes a hard look at the Aid and Development Industry and asks “After the billions of $$ and the thousands of person years of effort in poverty reduction, Why are the Poor Still Poor?” www.gbjvt.com/povertypit He is also C.E.O at Green Business JV Marketing Sdn Bhd & SEAM Opportunity Network (SEAM OpNet) Sdn Bhd in Malaysia. www.gbjvt.com Professional interests: Seeing problems for what they really are and creating solutions that work. Specific Development Sector interests: Creating All Sector Meta Programmes for Poverty Reduction; “delivering a single piece of the poverty puzzle – just health, just education, just sanitation – doesn’t help uplift people; they need every piece for a complete and sustainable solution”. dennis AT gbjvt.com

Zuhanariah Mohd Nordin is Deputy Chief Librarian at International Medical University, Malaysia. Professional interests: Information Literacy, Medical Health Information. zuhanariah_mhdnordin AT imu.edu.my

Denitha Palemar is a Maternal Child Health Program Coordinator at the Public Health Division, Department of Health Services, Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia. Professional interests: Promotion of Children’s/Reproductive-age women’s health, schools and communities health, community development projects, improved educational opportunities for female children and promotion of local foods, cultivation and consumption. dpalemar AT fsmhealth.fm

Patrick Soria is Head Nurse – Surgery Ward, Southern Philippines Medical Center, and Vice-President for Programs & Development at the Southern Philippines Medical Center Nurses Association Inc., Davao City, Philippines. psoriarn AT yahoo.com

Presentations by HIFA Country Representatives

Paola de Castro (HIFA Country Representative Italy) Diseminación de información científica en salud pública. Salud Ocupacional y ambiental. Experiencias y nuevos desafios internacionales. Quito (Ecuador) 24-26 de febrero de 2014

Paola de Castro (HIFA Country Representative Italy) Scientific Communication: Easy when you know how. Mekelle University, January 25, 2014