HIFA welcomes nine new Supporting Organisations in Cameroon, Ghana, Grenada, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and UK

29th January 2016

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the HIFA Steering Group I would like to welcome nine new HIFA Supporting Organisations:
1. Airport Clinic Ltd, Ghana
2. Blupoint, UK
3. Department of Pharmacy, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan
4. The Gabriel Bebonbechem Memorial Foundation for Epilepsy and Mental Well-Being (Gbm), Cameroon
5. GOD Heals Hospital, Nigeria
6. Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative, Nigeria
7. St. George’s University, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Grenada, West Indies
8. Swasti Health Resource Centre, India
9. Your Health Matters – Ghana, Ghana

1. Airport Clinic Ltd, Ghana
‘Airport Clinic Ltd aims to provide quality and cost effective health care delivery and travel information for staff and clients of the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana.’
http://www.yourhealthmattersgh.com/

2. BluPoint, UK
‘BluPoint delivers curated information and targeted communications, free at the point of use and at faster than 4G speeds, to people in remote areas using the technology in their pockets.’
http://www.blupoint.org/

3. Department of Pharmacy, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur
‘Bahawalpur has always been a seat of higher learning. Uch Sharif (a nearby ancient town) had one of the largest universities in the world where scholars from all over the world used to come for studies. As a continuation of this tradition a religious University (Jamia Abbasia) was established in Bahawalpur in 1925, following the academic pursuits of Jamia Al-Azhar, Egypt. The renowned scholars spread the beacon of Islam by teaching Tafseer of Quran, Hadith, Fiqh, and History along with other contemporary subjects.’
http://www.iub.edu.pk/

4. The Gabriel Bebonbechem Memorial Foundation for Epilepsy and Mental Well-Being (Gbm)
‘The Gbm Foundation’s mission is to Contribute to research, and the fight against taboo, stigma, unawareness, rejection and outright abuse of epileptics and mentally challenged in our society, guided by empathy, respect, inclusiveness and justice for the vulnerable and persons with disabilities.’
http://www.gbm-em.org/

5. God Heals Hospital
God Heals Hospitals provide health services for the people of Umuahia, Abia State, and Okigwe, Imo State, Nigeria.

6. Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative
‘Mani envisions a Nigeria where citizens are aware of mental health and its importance in achieving overall health. We wish for those impacted to be able to live a life full of dignity, free of stigmatization and with good access to high-quality health services. Our website will be ready soon and we can´t wait to tell you about our plans for the future!!!’
https://www.facebook.com/mentallyawarenigeria/?fref=photo/

7. St. George’s University, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
‘Founded as an independent School of Medicine in 1976, St. George’s University has evolved into a top center of international education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the island of Grenada, in the West Indies. Students attending St. George’s enjoy the benefits of a thriving multicultural environment on the True Blue campus, offering all the amenities and technologically-advanced facilities of a world-class institution.’
http://www.sgu.edu/

8. Swasti Health Resource Centre
‘Swasti is a health resource centre established in 2002 with a focus on achieving public health outcomes for those who are socially excluded and poor. We are a niche service provider in the public health sector, delivering end-to-end solutions as well as short and long term support and facilitation, combining research and practice. Known to implement focused initiatives for marginalized communities, we balance passion and professionalism with cross-sectoral experience’
http://www.swasti.org/

9. Your Health Matters – Ghana
‘Your Health Matters – Ghana (YHMG) is being officially launced in April 2016, (YHMG) a Non-Governmental Organisation established to improve the health of ghanaians.’
http://www.yourhealthmattersgh.com/

We look forward to work with the above organisations towards our shared vision of 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 *278* 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 the HIFA home page: www.hifa2015.org

Many thanks,

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

International Child Health Group and CHIFA present a thematic discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals and lifesaving interventions for children

6th November 2015

What do the new SDGs mean for the future of global child health and the availability and access to lifesaving interventions? – A chance to engage with, learn about and discuss the SDGs in a global forum.

SDG 3.2: By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births

When? 7 November to 7 December 2015
Where? On the CHIFA global child health discussion forum
More information

HIFA welcomes three new Supporting Organisations

27th October 2015

The HIFA Steering Group would like to welcome three new HIFA Supporting Organisations:
1. Dahij, India
2. Discipline of Social & Administrative Pharmacy, Universiti Sains Mayalsia, Malaysia
3. Your.MD, UK

1. Dahij, India
‘Dahij is not just an organization but a movement started by a group of medical students of Srikakulam who are moved by the suffering of the people in rural areas. What we realized is that the sufferings are not just because of lack of hospital facilities but also due to lack of health education.’

2. Discipline of Social & Administrative Pharmacy, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
‘DSAP focus is on the scientific and humanistic bases for understanding and influencing interactions involving patients, medicines, caregivers, and health care systems.
In our teaching and research endeavors, we integrate knowledge of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals with knowledge from economics, history, sociology, psychology, management sciences, communication, education, epidemiology, law, and ethics.’

3. Your.MD, UK
‘Founded in Oslo, Norway and now headquartered in London, UK, Your.MD has developed a smart and personalised Health Assistant app that digitally empowers smartphone users worldwide to take charge of their own health care using artificial intelligence, clinically assured medical information provided by the NHS, patented search technology and Big Data’

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 *269* 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/

CHIFA (child health and rights) is seeking a part-time desk officer

26th October 2015

With financial support from the International Child Health Group, CHIFA aims to strengthen its support base and financial sustainability; accelerate membership growth; and increase its operational capacity to respond to new opportunities. This capacity-building project will roll out over 18 months, from September 2015 to February 2017.

The impact of the project will be measured in terms of income, number and scope of people delivering key CHIFA functions, and number and geographical representation of CHIFA membership.

We are seeking a CHIFA Desk Officer

In order to take this forward, we are seeking a CHIFA Desk Officer, working 4 hours per week (flexible), starting early January 2016 until end February 2017 (flexible). Please see the Job Description here.

Please apply by Friday 18 December 2015 to the C/HIFA Coordinator, Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh with a brief cover letter and CV to neil@hifa.org

HIFA welcomes five new Supporting Organisations

7th September 2015

The HIFA Steering Group would like to welcome five new HIFA Supporting Organisations:
1. Bettercare, South Africa
2. Chettinad Hospital & Research Institute, India
3. HealthEnabled, South Africa
4. MAITS (Multi-Agency International Training & Support), UK
5. World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT), UK.

1. Bettercare, South Africa
‘Bettercare design learning programmes for healthcare professionals. Our programmes can be used by self-organising study groups or in formal training.’

2. Chettinad Hospital & Research Institute, India
‘Chettinad Health City, the first of its kind in India, was launched by the Chettinad Group of institutions in 2005 to create a new benchmark in excellence in Healthcare, Education, and Research.’

3. HealthEnabled, South Africa
‘HealthEnabled is an non profit organisation that activates effective integrated digital health systems and supportive health policies in low- and middle-income countries by advising governments and health programs, facilitating connections among experts, and promoting best practices in digital health.’

4. MAITS (Multi-Agency International Training & Support), UK
‘MAITS is an international charity dedicated to building the capacity of disability and mental health services in low-resource settings. We provide technical and financial assistance to enable therapists and special educators to volunteer their time and share their expertise with organisations in their own country or abroad.’

5. World Confederation for Physical Therapy, UK
‘The World Confederation for Physical Therapy represents physical therapists and their organisations around the globe. Physical therapists, also known as physiotherapists, are the specialists in human activity and movement.’

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 *266* 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/

New sponsored discussion on HIFA: CHW Data for Decision Making

29th August 2015

For the month of September, the One Million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) Campaign and mPowering Frontline Health Workers are supporting HIFA to hold an in-depth exploration around the need for improved data on community health worker (CHW) programs, and how we can meet these needs in the post-2015 era. Read more below and here.

CHWs deliver vital health education and life-saving interventions. They have made an important contribution to the major reductions in child and maternal mortality in middle- and low-income countries over the past 10 years. Several countries, including Ethiopia, Rwanda and, more recently, Ghana, have supported national scale-up of CHWs. There is agreement that further expansion of CHWs is needed globally.

Currently, information on CHWs -­ including demographics, deployment details, services provided, and service delivery – is inconsistently collected in parallel by multiple actors. There is clearly massive duplication and wasted effort, which leads to inaccurate data collection and utilization. This is the next challenge that we must work together to overcome.

Recently the 1mCHW Campaign and mPowering interviewed 8 senior decision-makers, academics, and program managers in a blog series about CHW data for decision making.

To each we asked three core questions:

1. What are the most pressing challenges in the development of scale-up of CHW programs today?
2. Why is data on frontline health workers, particularly CHWs, important?
3. In your opinion, what are the largest gaps in data on frontline health workers, particularly CHWs, right now?

and invited them also to answer one or more supplemental questions:

4. In what ways is your organization using innovative solutions to collect data on frontline health workers?
5. With better information and data, how could NGOs and governments overcome these challenges to improve CHW programs and programmatic decision-making?
6. How can we begin to close data gaps?

You can read their responses here.

On September 1st we shall open the discussion on HIFA around the same questions. We hope to solicit perspectives from the full range of stakeholders represented on HIFA: ministries of health, CHW managers, individual NGOs, and INGOs; frontline health workers, policy makers, information professionals, publishers, researchers, and more.

The results of this discussion, combined with the interviews, will be compiled into a short report and disseminated by the 1mCHW Campaign and mPowering. This multi-stakeholder input will help inform the post-2015 era of global CHW scale-up and we look forward to engaging your views in the discussion.

Please do forward this message widely to your contacts and colleagues and invite them to join the discussion via the HIFA website: www.hifa2015.org

Thank you,
Cindil, Carolyn, & Neil

HIFA profile: Cindil Redick is Manager of Advocacy & Special Projects at One Million Community Health Care Workers Campaign, USA. Email address: credick AT ei.columbia.edu

HIFA profile: Carolyn Moore is a Program Officer at mPowering Frontline Health Workers, United States. Email address: carolyn.moore AT mpoweringhealth.org

HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is the coordinator of the HIFA campaign (Healthcare Information For All) and co-director of the Global Healthcare Information Network. He is also currently chair of the Dgroups Foundation (www.dgroups.info), a partnership of international development organisations promoting dialogue for international health and development. neil.pakenham-walsh AT ghi-net.org

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Manila Declaration on the availability and use of health research information in and for low- and middle-income countries in the Asia Pacific Region

26th August 2015

The Manila Declaration was officially launched today at the Global Froum for Health Research and innovation, Manila, and is available here.

This follows a rich discussion on Access to Health Research on the HIFA forums over the past 5 weeks, sponsored by The Lancet, COHRED and APAME. We are thrilled that HIFA members’ ideas and observations have helped to inform the drafting of this Declaration. See more about HIFA’s role in promoting the availability of health research here.

Thank you to everyone who has helped make this such a success.

Access to research for health – Live global Tweetchat: 26 August

24th August 2015

Building on the rich discussions of the past five weeks, HIFA is delighted to be hosting its first global tweet chat to coincide with this weeks Forum 2015.

We encourage everyone to join the chat by logging on to twitter and following HIFA_Org and searching the hashtag #A2R4H15.

Please share widely amongst your networks.

Download the publicity flyer here

Join the pre-Forum 2015 discussion on HIFA: Meeting the information needs of researchers and users of health research in low- and middle-income countries

17th July 2015

20 July to 24 August 2015: Join the pre-Forum 2015 discussion on HIFA – Meeting the information needs of researchers and users of health research in low- and middle-income countries

This virtual discussion on HIFA will bring together more than 8000 health researchers, publishers, librarians, policymakers, clinicians and information professionals to focus on key questions around access to health research. More information

Join here!

BMA Representatives vote unanimously for Healthcare Information For All

10th July 2015

BMA Representatives vote unanimously for Healthcare Information For All

We are delighted to report that the British Medical Association Annual Representative Meeting has recently debated and voted unanimously in favour of the following motion: “That this meeting applauds efforts to bring essential healthcare information to citizens in low resource settings, welcomes the BMA’s ongoing support for the Healthcare Information for All campaign, and calls upon the UK government to prioritise support for initiatives that improve the availability and use of health information.”

We are grateful to Dr Elisabeth McElderry (South West Regional Council) for proposing the motion, and to the Deputy Chair of Council, Dr Kailash Chand, for his supportive comments (below).

The BMA Annual Representatives Meeting (ARM) is where the Representative Body (560 doctors from all parts of the profession, nominated by local, regional and national forums) comes together to debate the motions which have been submitted and vote on them. The motions which are passed at the ARM become BMA policy. The BMA International Department has been allocated responsibility to take forward support for HIFA as part of BMA policy. We look forward to continue working with Martin Carroll (Deputy Head of BMA International) and his colleagues to help further our collaboration to improve the availability and use of health information in low- and middle-income countries.

Below are extracts from the debate.


Motion 582 proposed by South West Regional Council, by Dr Elisabeth McElderry

‘This motion brings to your attention the ambitious and far-reaching small organisation called Healthcare Information for All, or HIFA for short… The BMA and its international department have been the main funder via applications made to the charitable purposes subcommittee. The BMA has also provided help in kind by making meeting facilities available and representing HIFA projects in discussions with WHO and UNICEF. Here’s a quote from a paediatrician: “HIFA is extremely effective on the ground, with a high membership in many countries, and great communication between grass roots and academia”. RB, your backing would give added impetus to the BMA’s involvement in this vital project and encouragement to Government to move this forward by such means as making a public commitment to this cause, and giving assistance with in-country initiatives.

BMA Deputy Chair of Council: “Thank you, BMA has supported HIFA since 2008. Acceptance of this motion would send a message to the Government and enable BMA and HIFA to open a dialogue with ministers on a strong footing, so I would recommend that we support this motion.”

Motion carried unanimously.

If you are on Twitter, please help us to publicise this. You may like to use/adapt the following Tweet, which we have sent out on the HIFA Twitter feed @hifa_org

.@TheBMA vote supports #HIFA @hifa_org See the debate http://tinyurl.com/pwhvwox (00:59.30) Call on UK Gov 2 prioritise #healthcareinformation initiatives

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator
Martin Carroll, Deputy Head, International Department, BMA

On behalf of the HIFA Steering Group
http://www.hifa2015.org/about/administration/