HIFA welcomes six new Supporting Organisations

5th July 2015

The HIFA Steering Group would like to welcome six new HIFA Supporting Organisations:
1. Adele Reproductive Health Foundation, Cameroon
2. Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics
3. Faculty of Medicine, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
4. Institute of Child Health, Benin University, Nigeria
5. Medic Mobile.
6. School of Nursing & Health, Aichi Prefectural University, Tokyo, Japan

1. Adele Reproductive Health Foundation
‘Adele Reproductive Health Foundation is a Small Registered Community-Based Healthcare Non-Profit involved in Provision Of Healthcare Services, Training Of Community Health Workers On Improved Business Skills, Organizing Community Outreach Programs’

2. Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics
‘The Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics is the official Asia-Pacific regional group within the IMIA (International Medical Informatics Association) and represents an extension of IMIA’s global interests in promoting Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in health.’

3. Faculty of Medicine, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
The Faculty of Medicine of the University Eduardo Mondlane offers Degree in Medicine since 1963 and has graduated more than a thousand doctors to the country. Until the mid-1990s it was the only institution in the country responsible for training doctors.’

4. Institute of Child Health, Benin University, Nigeria
‘The Institute of Child Health (ICH) is a centre for child health research, training and provision of child health services. It came into existence in 1972 as the fourth unit (after the faculties of sciences, engineering, medicine and pharmacy) in the then Institute of Technology now University of Benin.’

5. Medic Mobile
‘Health workers use Medic Mobile to register every pregnancy, track disease outbreaks faster, keep stock of essential medicines and communicate about emergencies. Our platform is built for the last mile of healthcare. We are committed to free, open-source platforms that can be adapted for specific uses backed by evidence.’

6. School of Nursing & Health, Aichi Prefectural University, Tokyo, Japan
‘The School of Nursing & Health aims to cultivate in its students concern and compassion for all people, and to develop professionals who can make scientific, logical, and ethical judgements in health and medical care, home, and community settings based on mutual relationships of trust. Our students will grow to become outstanding nursing professionals in the international and aging societies of the 21st century’

We look forward to work with the above organisations to help create a world where every person and every health worker has access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of those for whom they are responsible.

There are now *260* Supporting Organisations worldwide committed to the HIFA vision. The full list is available here.

We welcome new Supporting Organisations. If the goals of YOUR organisation align with the HIFA vision, please join us!
- HIFA Supporting Organisations are under no obligation to provide financial support
- HIFA Supporting Organisations are promoted on HIFA publications and website
- HIFA Supporting Organisations are invited to explore possibilities for collaboration (please contact us for details).

To become a HIFA Supporting Organisation, please download an application form from our home page.

HIFA Steering Group
http://www.hifa2015.org/about/administration/

HIFA calls on all stakeholders to collaborate to realise Mobile Healthcare Information For All

19th June 2015

In a new paper in The Lancet Global Health the mHIFA Working Group (Mobile Healthcare Information For All) calls on all stakeholders to collaborate to realise Mobile Healthcare Information For All:

Royston G, Hagar C, Long L, McMahon D, Pakenham-Walsh N, Wadhwani N on behalf of the mHIFA Working Group. Mobile health-care information for all: a global challenge. The Lancet Global Health July 2015, Volume 3, No. 7, e356–e357

This paper is the latest in a series of outputs from the mHIFA Working Group, a group of HIFA volunteers with an interest in mHealth, responsible for leading the HIFA community to achieve Mobile Healthcare Information For All

The paper highlights the lamentably slow progress in terms of putting actionable healthcare information into the hands of citizens in low- and middle-income countries. In it, ‘we call on content providers, mobile phone manufacturers, network operators, application developers, and international health organisations to collaborate to empower citizens in low-resource settings with essential health care information’.

Over the coming weeks we shall write to leading companies such as Samsung, Vodafone and others to invite them to read the article and join us to explore ways forward. We have also submitted an abstract for a presentation at the upcoming Global mHealth Forum in Washington DC in November 2015.

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator

HIFA welcomes four new Supporting Organisations in Cameroon, Canada, the Netherlands and USA

8th June 2015

The HIFA Steering Group is delighted to welcome 4 new HIFA Supporting Organisations in Cameroon, Canada, the Netherlands and USA:

1. Cameroon Nursing Association: The Cameroon Nurses Association (CNA) aims to contribute to the improvement of the health of citizens by fostering nursing education, research, care and management.

2. Canadian Society for International Health: Canadian Society for International Health is a national NGO and charity that works to reduce global health inequities and strengthen health systems.

3. Initiatives Inc.: Initiatives Inc. is committed to improving access to quality primary health care for people in underserved communities. Initiatives provide technical expertise in organizational development, human resources for health, quality improvement and accreditation, community systems strengthening, and operations research and evaluation.

4. World Young Doctors’ Organization: The World Young Doctors’ Organization (WYDO) is dedicated to provide young doctors around the world with opportunities to work together for the improvement of public health in developed and developing countries, to facilitate networking between young doctors for professional collaboration and recreation, and to improve the general environment of young doctors in their place of practice. WYDO was founded in 2011 in the Netherlands.

**255** organisations worldwide now support the HIFA vision: a world where every person and every health worker has access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of those for whom they are responsible. The full list is available here: http://www.hifa2015.org/how-organisations-support-hifa2015/sos/

If the goals of YOUR organisation align with the HIFA vision, please join us!
- HIFA Supporting Organisations are under no obligation to provide financial support
- HIFA Supporting Organisations are promoted on HIFA publications and website
- HIFA Supporting Organisations are invited to explore possibilities for collaboration (please contact us for details).

To become a HIFA Supporting Organisation, please download an application form from our home page: www.hifa2015.org

Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh
Coordinator, HIFA
On behalf of the HIFA Steering Group

HIFA welcomes 6 new Supporting Organisations in Nepal, Uganda and UK

21st May 2015

The HIFA Steering Group is delighted to welcome 6 new HIFA Supporting Organisations in Nepal, Uganda and UK:

1. Children for Health: Children for Health is a registered charity dedicated to the promotion of health education in developing countries, focused on developing children as ambassadors and communicators of essential health messages in their communities.

2. National Wellbeing Service Ltd: The National Wellbeing Service Ltd. is currently developing a public information website on health and wellbeing. www.nationalwellbeingservice.com (Now have NHS Choices syndication rights so will be including more NHS Choices tool, videos and information) an dprovides a daily free subscription health and wellbeing newsletter: http://paper.li/NatWellService/1427442597

3. Overseas Partnership and Training Initiative (OPT in): The Overseas Partnering and Training Initiative (OPT IN) was created in 2000 to link Leeds UK staff with a small number of healthcare providers in low income countries, and has established links with hospitals in several countries including Madagascar, Swaziland, Bangladesh and Uganda.

4. Quality + Care Solutions: Quality + Care Solutions provides home-based care services in the UK to those in need of care.

5. Rolpa District Hospital, Nepal: Rolpa District Hospital is a rural district hospital, 280km west of Kathmandu.

6. Uganda Mental Health Fellowship: Uganda Mental Health Fellowship is concerned with the welfare of individuals and families living with mental and neurological disorders by offering medical care, psychosocial support, home visits and rehabilitation.

**251** organisations worldwide now support the HIFA vision: a world where every person and every health worker has access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of those for whom they are responsible. The full list is available here: http://www.hifa2015.org/how-organisations-support-hifa2015/sos/

If the goals of YOUR organisation align with the HIFA vision, please join us!
- HIFA Supporting Organisations are under no obligation to provide financial support
- HIFA Supporting Organisations are promoted on HIFA publications and website
- HIFA Supporting Organisations are invited to explore possibilities for collaboration (please contact us for details).

To become a HIFA Supporting Organisation, please download an application form from our home page: www.hifa2015.org

Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh
Coordinator, HIFA
On behalf of the HIFA Steering Group

Nepal Earthquake

27th April 2015

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The message below and photographs are from Yadav Joshi, one of seven HIFA Country Representatives in Nepal. We have news that three other Country Representatives are safe, and await news from others and from 116 HIFA members in Nepal. Our thoughts are with them and all who have been affected by this disaster. Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator
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“Actually, the most beautiful in this world is nature and most devastating is also nature itself. Some of the natural disaster are unpredictable and life-threatening. When we see the beauty of nature, we forget ourselves on the other hand when we suffer from disasters we only think first to ours.

“It is a miserable event of 25th April, 2015, Saturday afternoon, the earthquake of 7.9 Richter scale went in the Himalayan nation Nepal with an epicenter in Lamjung district and after that up to 27 April 2015, there were about 68 earthquakes of smaller and larger magnitudes occurred frequently. More than 26 districts were affected adversely and the highest affected is Kathmandu valley.

“Kathmandu valley is capital city of Nepal. It is politically made of from three districts: Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur. It is famous of its world heritage sites, monuments and traditional cultures. Currently about 4 million peoples live there. Due to earthquake, most of the monuments are damaged, roads are crumbled, houses damaged etc. even after 48 hours of the events, the people are living under tents in open places. They have horror of repeat of quake.

“Thousands have lost their lives and over thousands are wounded severely. Most of people died in Everest base camp from avalanches. All spaces of hospitals are occupied and treatment is going on everywhere even on the road and in open places. The work of mass funeral is continued.

“Government has appealed to all nationally and internationally for support to reduce the number of casualties. Its difficult to get a detail news from outside of valley but the situation is also not good there too as we can predict there were many earthquakes with different epicenters.

“I would like to request to all the concerned authorities and health professionals of Nepal for creating a pressure to develop the models and early warnings system (EWSs) of the country. Eg if we have models & EWSs for malaria, Kala azar, dengue, flu, and other seasonal outbreaks then we can save the many lives beforehand. If someone need my help in this regards I would be glad to contribute from my side for the nation.

“Since the occurrence of event I have been getting message from my foreign friends about the condition of my family, relatives and friends in Nepal. I would like thanks to all my foreign friends for making contact and empathy to me and Nepal. I would like extend my sincere to thanks to governments of India, China, Pakistan, USA, UK, Norway, Finland, UAE, Qatar, Canada, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Singapore etc. and NGOs and INGOs for providing aid and sending rescue teams to Nepal. In this condition whether smaller and larger, every positive action is considered as support.

“Disaster never discriminate race, region, religion, status of a country and people. Anyway, ” disaster is disaster”. No matter wherever you are, I would like to request to all friends of the world for praying to Nepalese people.

“Last but not the least, I express my heartfelt condolence to the persons who lost their untimely lives and wish for survivors,may the victims recover from disaster soon and get ready to continue their normal life as usual.”

Thank you very much
Sincerely,
Yadav P. Joshi, MSc, MA
PhD Candidate in Environmental Epidemiology, Department of Social and Preventative Medicine, Sungkyunkawn University, Suwon, S. Korea ( www.skku.edu)
Steering Committee Member SNRN ISEE (www.isee.org)
Editorial Board Member, The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries, Italy (www.jidc.org)
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HIFA welcomes 4 new Supporting Organisations

30th March 2015

The HIFA Steering Group welcomes 4 new HIFA Supporting Organisations:

1. Center for Global Health, Aarhus University, Denmark

The Center for Global Health is situated at the Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Denmark. Current research projects include: Health insurance in Ghana and Tanzania: Increasing access and equity; Cost effectiveness of vaccination strategies (sequence and bundling) and Vitamin A supplements for children; and Economic consequences of the rising number of elderly people and increasing incidence of chronic diseases…

2. Handicap International

Handicap International is an independent aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside disabled and vulnerable people in over 60 countries worldwide.

3. Students 4 Best Evidence

Students 4 Best Evidence is a growing network of students from around the world, from school age to university, who are interested in learning more about evidence-based healthcare.

4. Cochrane UK

Cochrane UK is a regional Cochrane Centre within The Cochrane Collaboration, supporting Cochrane activities in the UK. The Cochrane Collaboration is a global independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making the vast amounts of evidence generated through research useful for informing decisions about health. Cochrane is a not-for-profit organisation with collaborators from 120 countries working together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest.

245 organisations worldwide now support the HIFA vision:­ a world where every person and every hhealth worker has access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of those for whom they are responsible.

If the goals of YOUR organisation align with the HIFA vision, please join us!

  • HIFA Supporting Organisations are under no obligation to provide financial support
  • HIFA Supporting Organisations are promoted on HIFA publications and website
  • HIFA Supporting Organisations are invited to explore possibilities for collaboration.

To become a HIFA Supporting Organisation, please download an application form here.

With thanks, HIFA Steering Group

Thank you to all our HIFA Country Representatives

19th March 2015

Gladys Dadzie, HIFA Country Representative, Ghana


HIFA now has 119 Country Representatives in 56 countries. 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 HIFA.

For example, this week Gladys Dadzie (pictured) is promoting HIFA at the African Conference on Antibiotic Use and Resistance, in Accra, Ghana.

HIFA Country Representative Gladys Dadzie is an Enrolled Nurse at the Airport Clinic Ltd, Ghana. Her professional interests are General nursing care and Emergency nursing.

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

Our thanks to Gladys and all Country Representatives for the work you do.

HIFA Webinar 8: mHIFA WG Content Developers Webinar, 27 February 2015

26th February 2015

The mHIFA and Citizens Working Group would like to extend an open invitation to all HIFA members to join us for a free webinar 27th February 2015, starting at 2pm GMT (UK time). (Indeed, the meeting is open to *anyone* with an interest in mHealth – please feel free to forward this message to your contacts/networks.)

Time: Feb 27, 2015 1400-1600 GMT
Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/720292985

ABOUT THE mHIFA AND CITIZENS WORKING GROUP
The mHIFA and Citizens Working Group leads and supports the wider HIFA community (14,000 members) to improve the availability of healthcare information for citzens in low- and middle-income countries.

The group also leads HIFA on the progressive realisation of the first HIFA SMART Goal, Mobile Healthcare Information For All: “By 2015, at least one telecoms provider, in at least one country, will endorse the vision of Healthcare Information For All, and will provide free access to essential healthcare knowledge in the local language, pre loaded on all new mobile phones they may sell and freely downloadable to all those who already have a mobile phone.”

ABOUT THE WEBINAR
The role of Content Developers is vital to achieve the goal of Mobile Healthcare Information For All – no content = no information. This Webinar is to understand better the challenges that mHealth Content Developers face, and how these challenges might be better addressed.

We are expecting presentations from the following organisations:
- mHIFA WG (Introduction)
- Digital Campus
- Medical Aid Films
- Children for Health
- Scientific Animations Without Borders
- Hesperian Health Guides
- Global Health Media Project
- Buss and Bite.

The webinar will be interactive and all participants will have an opportunity to speak / ask questions / make comments. We are grateful to mHIFA WG member Dennis McMahon (Malaysia) for organising this meeting, and Professor Tom Cook of the University of Iowa for providing us with complimentary web conferencing facilities.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Click on Join Webinar – it will take you to a Zoom Launcher download where you will download an exe file. Please download and run this exe file and get set up before the event in Friday.

Or join by phone: +1 (415) 762-9988 or +1 (646) 568-7788 US Toll
Meeting ID: 720 292 985
International telephone numbers here

If you have any questions, please contact Neil Pakenham-Walsh by email: neil.pakenham-walsh@ghi-net.org

34 organisations provide financial support for HIFA in 2015

23rd February 2015

34 organisations have agreed to provide a financial contribution to enable the work of HIFA during 2015:

British Medical Association (main funder), Africa Health, Afro-European Medical & Research Network, Anadach Group, Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, Awojobi Clinic Eruwa, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Commonwealth Nurses Federation, Council of International Neonatal Nurses, eCancer, Elsevier, Friends Of Chitambo, Global Health Media Project, Haiti Nursing Foundation, HealthProm, Intel Corporation, International Child Health Group, International Foundation for Dermatology, International League of Dermatological Societies, International Society for Social Paediatrics and Child Health, IntraHealth International, Joanna Briggs Institute, Knowledge Transfer Africa Ltd, The Lancet, LiveWell Initiative, mPowering Frontline Health Workers, Network for Information and Digital Access, Physicians for Haiti, Royal College of Midwives, The Test Foundation, The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust, WHO Collaborating Centre for Knowledge Translation & Health, Wiki Project Med Foundation, Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance.

The BMA continues to be our main funder (£10,000 per annum). Other contributions range from £50 to £5000. The total funding to date is approximately £30,000. Thank you to all for making our work possible.

All organisations that provide financial support are listed on the HIFA home page

HIFA now has more than 14,000 members interacting on 5 forums in 3 languages. To read about our achievements in 2014, please see the HIFA Review 2014

We look forward to continue working with you all in 2015 towards our shared vision: A world where every person and every health worker has access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of those for whom they are responsible.

HIFA Steering Group

HIFA welcomes 4 new Supporting Organisations from Madagascar, Nigeria, Canada and Morocco

30th January 2015

The HIFA Steering Group is delighted to announce 4 new HIFA Supporting Organisations from Madagascar, Nigeria, Canada and Morocco:

1. Association de Médecine Physique et de Réadaptation de Madagascar

‘The mission of the Madagascar Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is to promote the specialty in line with the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.’

2. Cornerstone Hospital (Owode-Yewa, Nigeria)

‘Cornerstone Hospital is a rural based Primary Health care privately owned health facility.’

3. Health Experiences Canada

‘When people are faced with health and illness issues as either a patient or family member, other people’s experiences are always a valued source of information.’ ‘Health Experiences Canada provides trusted information based on rigorous qualitative research led by experts at McGill University and St. Mary’s Hospital Center, in collaboration with the University of Oxford and the UK’s award-winning website Healthtalkonline.org ‘

4. Journal of Medical and Surgical Research

‘Journal of Medical and Surgical Research (JMSR) is a scholarly open access journal that appeals to a broad spectrum of allied professionals from clinical, medical and surgical fields up to molecular levels. It mainly focuses in all areas of clinical fields. JMSR aims to create a global communication space among scientists and health care professionals and to facilitate exchange of innovative and stimulating ideas to improve the practice of medicine.’ ‘JMSR is a partner of “Moroccan Society of Medical Sciences” (SMSM) which is the oldest and most popular medical organization in Morocco.’

There are now 241 organisations worldwide that support the HIFA vision – a world where every person and every health worker has access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of those for whom they are responsible.

If the goals of YOUR organisation align with the HIFA vision, please join us!
- HIFA Supporting Organisations are under no obligation to provide financial support
- HIFA Supporting Organisations are promoted on HIFA publications and website
- HIFA Supporting Organisations are invited to explore possibilities for collaboration (please contact us for details).

To become a HIFA Supporting Organisation, please download an application form from our home page: www.hifa2015.org

Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh
Coordinator, HIFA
On behalf of the HIFA Steering Group