Ebola: HIFA collaborates with mPowering and IntraHealth International to address information and learning needs of health workers

16th October 2014

Webinar Series (see below) and HIFA Forum Discussion: (more than 7,600 professionals in 170 countries: join now)

For more information, see mPowering Frontline Health Workers website

The Ebola crisis has affected some of the most vulnerable countries of the world, and frontline health workers are struggling to keep pace with the outbreak. Health workers need clear, simple and reliable information on how to protect themselves, detect the disease, and respond.

More than 15 international health organizations, led by mPowering Frontline Health Workers and IntraHealth International, are coming together to share information related to this response through webinar discussions and via an online Resource Center.

We invite you to participate.

The webinar series, Training Health Workers for Ebola: Protection, Detection, and Response, will run on October 21, 23, 28, and 30. The webinars are open to all and we welcome participation from as diverse an audience as possible, including Ministries of Health, health workers, community leaders, program implementers (in-country and international), policy makers, and others. The link to the webinar site and registration details is here.

All of the webinars will be available for viewing at www.techchange.org after the air dates.

Please see the table below for more information.

The presentations and discussions in the webinars will cover the following issues:
•How to leverage currently available resources to train, support, and communicate with frontline health workers and others involved in the direct Ebola response through mobile technology;
 Ways to connect implementers to resources, collaborators, and sources of information; and
•Improving opportunities to enable implementers and programmers to share efforts, collaborate, and avoid duplication.

An online Resource Center is being developed for participants to share messages, training content, guidance documents, and other information. This will be launched on the 21st October. In addition, a linked 4-week facilitated online discussion will take place in the Health Information for All Forum leading up to, during and after the webinars.

<h3>Webinar Schedule</h3>

21st October
10:00-11:00 am EDT
Introduction: Response to learning and information needs for frontline health workers
Presenters:
• UNICEF
• Intrahealth
1. State of response in three most affected countries
2. FLHW learning & information needs
3. Materials available to support frontline health worker and community volunteer training, and
4. Technologies that could be used to get information into the hands of people quickly

23rd October
10:00- 11:00 am EDT
The health system: Supporting frontline health workers
Presenters
• Jhpiego
• Last Mile Health
1. How FLHWs can keep themselves safe
2. Support for and supervision of FLHWs

28th October
10:00- 11:00 am EDT
Community sensitization, mobilization and support; interactions with clients
Presenters
• Well Body Alliance
• GOAL
• Medic Mobile
• Rev Moses Khanu
1. Public messaging
2. Working with volunteers
3. Patient care and patient dignity

30th October
10:00- 11:00 am EDT
Data to support effective response and case management
Presenters
• Dimagi
• One other tbc
1. Contact tracing
2. Data collection, reporting, case management 2

Please contact Carolyn.Moore@mpoweringhealth.org if you have any questions.
We look forward to meeting you in the webinars!
Lesley-Anne Long & David Potenziani
mPowering Frontline Health Workers Intrahealth International
http://www.mpoweringhealth.org
http://www.intrahealth.org/

Wiki Project Med Foundation: ‘Imagine a world in which every single person is given free access to the sum of all medical knowledge. That’s what we’re doing.’

3rd October 2014

We are delighted to welcome Wiki Project Med Foundation as a new HIFA Supporting Organisation.

‘Wiki Project Med (WPMEDF) is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to promote the development of medical content on Wikimedia projects by, among other things, forming collaborations with other like-minded organizations, giving talks / lectures at universities and other organizations, and working to develop greater access to the medical literature for Wikipedians.’

The mission of WPMEDF is: ‘To make clear, reliable, comprehensive, up-to-date educational resources and information in the biomedical and related social sciences freely available to all people in the language of their choice.’

The full list of HIFA Supporting Organisations is available

HIFA 2013 Review

2nd October 2014

Please find here HIFA Review 2013 with many thanks to all of our Supporting Organisations for their ongoing help and support.

HIFA Review 2013

Membership of all five HIFA Forums show strong growth

1st October 2014

All five HIFA forums are growing strongly, as shown by the graphs below.

This success is due to several factors, in particular the hard work of the lead moderators of each forum and the enthusiastic volunteerism of our 105 HIFA Country Representatives.

The lead moderators of the five forums are currently:
- Neil Pakenham-Walsh (HIFA & HIFA-Zambia)
- Tony Waterston (CHIFA [CHILD2015])
- Regina Ungerer (HIFA-Portuguese)
- Isabelle Wachsmuth-Huguet (HIFA-EVIPNet-French).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lancet Ebola Resource Centre

30th September 2014

We would like to thank The Lancet for launching The Lancet Ebola Resource Centre. As the journal explains, ‘The Lancet wishes to assist health workers and researchers working under difficult and dangerous conditions to bring this outbreak to a close. In an effort to support the vital work being done, all related content from The Lancet is freely accessible on our online Ebola Resource Centre. Visit www.thelancet-ebola.com

It is vitally important that policymakers, health professionals, researchers and the general public have access to reliable information about Ebola. People are dying (and, tragically, killing others as in Guinea) because of lack of understanding of Ebola. Everyone has a part to play – we invite you to join HIFA to help address the information and communication aspects of this disease.

The Lancet is a lead sponsor of HIFA Voices, the database that brings together the collective experience and expertise of HIFA members (HIFAVoices.org). This includes a growing collection of HIFA Quotations on Ebola selected from HIFA discussions on Ebola over recent weeks (scroll down to see 16 items).

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator

HIFA welcomes 8 new Supporting Organisations from Bangladesh, Colombia, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda and the United Kingdom

24th September 2014

The HIFA Steering Group is delighted to announce 8 new HIFA Supporting Organisations from Bangladesh, Colombia, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda and the United Kingdom.

1. ​Afro-European Medical & Research Network (AEMRN) reach out to needy communities (health workers, allied health or health supporting communities and ordinary people) offering them services, sharing, exchanging knowledge and innovative ideas.

2. Committee for Rural Urban Development(CRUD) is a government registered charity organisation working in health, education and social development since 1998 in Bangladesh.

3. The Global Health Network is a hub joining together a collection of websites to support research by sharing knowledge and method.

4. The Health Home Initiative contribute to a healthy community by integrating preventive and curative care service delivery in order to complete the health management system for vulnerable rural women and children.

5. The International Journal of Medical Students is an online peer-reviewed open-access scientific journal, created to share the scientific production and experiences of medical students worldwide.

6. Istituto Superiore di Sanita (National Institute of Health)​ is the leading technical and scientific public body of the National Health Service in Italy.

7. The Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA) inspire others towards rural healthcare in South Africa. To support and empower those committed to making health care available to all South Africans.

8. The World Health Summit, is a group achievement of the M8 Alliance to improve health worldwide, through collaboration and open dialogue, education, health care and policy outcomes.

This brings to *223* the number of organisations that have declared their support for 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
http://www.hifa2015.org/about/administration/

IntraHealth International: Fighting Ebola with mobile phones

2nd September 2014

Ebola Voice Response and SMS for frontline health workers

(With thanks to Kate Tulenko, IntraHealth International)

‘The current Ebola epidemic in west Africa is the first Ebola epidemic in region and therefore most health workers have received no formal education on Ebola prevention, diagnosis, or care. During an epidemic, health workers are needed at their posts and there is often not time to bring them to central sites for face to face training. In addition, travel for training risks spreading the disease via health workers who are not aware they are infected. Traditional distance education approaches, such as the internet and DVD are difficult because many community-based health workers often do not have access to the internet or laptops and tablets or are illiterate or semi-literate. In order to address these issues and get information quickly to health workers in Ebola affected and at-risk countries, IntraHealth International has developed [1] an Ebola Interactive Voice Response (IVR) course [and 2] an Ebola SMS course:

[1] Ebola Interactive Voice Response Course for Health Workers

[2] Ebola SMS Messages for Health Workers

‘These messages were developed based on CDC’s Ebola Guidelines for Health Workers. The course is available for general use and modification under a creative commons license. We recommend that the course be adapted to meet national guidelines and language…’

The courses will be available via the IntraHealth International website within the next few days.

HIFA opens up Ebola content for all

22nd August 2014

On 19 August HIFA wrote to the publishers of UpToDate, the ‘premier evidence-based clinical decision support resource’. We requested that their Ebola content be made freely available to all, in full, to assist in global and local efforts to contain the epidemic.

We are delighted to report that they have agreed to this request, and the full content of the Ebola section is now freely available here:

Epidemiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations of Ebola and Marburg virus disease

Diagnosis and treatment of Ebola and Marburg virus disease

Please forward this link to your colleagues and networks:
http://www.hifa2015.org/2014/08/22/hifa-opens-up-ebola-content-for-all/

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator

HIFA Voices launches today!

12th August 2014

We are delighted to announce the launch today of HIFA Voices: Harnessing the knowledge of HIFA members to improve the availability and use of healthcare information. We invite you to visit the HIFA Voices website and give us your feedback.

HIFA Voices is an evolving database that aims to bring together the experiential knowledge of HIFA members: more than 12,000 professionals from over 2500 organisations in 170 countries, ranging from senior executives at the World Health Organization in Geneva to community health workers in rural Gambia, interacting on five global discussion forums.

HIFA Voices contains the following specialised content:
1. HIFA Quotations are selected verbatim extracts from HIFA Global Forum discussions. HIFA Quotations comprise about 90% of the total content on HIFA Voices.
2. HIFA Citations are conventional bibliographic records of formal and informal literature on the availability and use of health information in low and middle-income countries. They include a growing collection of health information and libraries literature related to Kenya, compiled by Nasra Gathoni, President of the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa. We aim to introduce other countries in 2015.

HIFA Quotations and HIFA Citations are selected according to their relevance to three critical questions:
1. What are the healthcare information and learning needs of different groups of healthcare providers in different settings?
2. What are the barriers and drivers to meeting those needs?
3. What must be done – and how – to improve the availability and use of relevant, reliable and actionable healthcare information?

(Please note that HIFA Voices is not a database of health information resources – such databases are provided by other organisations, many of whom are represented among the HIFA members.)

You can choose to browse or search HIFA Quotations, HIFA Citations (Formal), or HIFA Citations (Informal). You can search on title, body and/or author, and/or select from a range of values under five different filters [1. users of healthcare information (eg community health workers); 2. healthcare issue (e.g. malaria); 3. knowledge cycle (eg producing reference and educational resources; 4. WHO regions and countries (e.g. Nigeria); and 5. Health systems and HRH (eg task shifting).

The content of the database is currently limited, but will grow substantially over the coming months. The current content includes HIFA Quotations from our main forum, HIFA, from 1st January 2014 to the present day, and this will be kept up-to-date as we progress through the year and beyond. The current content also includes some HIFA Quotations from previous work that we did with the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services as a contribution to the WHO Recommendations on Optimising Health Workers’ Roles for Maternal and Newborn Health (2012).

We are grateful to our Lead Sponsors – The Lancet, Elsevier, mPowering Frontline Health Workers and Intel Corporation; Dr Najeeb Al-Shorbaji and Ian Roberts at WHO Geneva; the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA); and expert advisers Pascal Mouhouelo (Head Librarian, WHO Africa Regional Office) and John Eyers (Emeritus Librarian, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). Special thanks to our lead database developer Arjun Thandi of Evucan web solutions.

We look forward to continue working with you to realise the HIFA vision: a world where every person and every health worker will have 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 12 new Supporting Organisations in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Ireland, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Taiwan, UK, and USA

11th August 2014

The HIFA Steering Group is delighted to announce twelve new HIFA Supporting Organisations:

1. Ashavani
Ashavani is a platform for all resources that reflect the voices of women health workers in India. It showcases research, documentation and advocacy efforts that reflect their lives, experiences, motivations and aspirations.

2. Asian Health Literacy Association
The Asian Health Literacy Association (AHLA) is an independent multinational nongovernmental organization that seeks to understand health literacy levels across Asia from a research, education and policy perspective.

3. Awojobi Clinic Eruwa
The Awojobi Clinic Eruwa is a private hospital in the public service and offers not only surgical treatment but also preventive medicine, primary care services, and medical treatments in rural Nigeria.

4. Bhutan Medical and Health Council
BMHC was established by the government of Bhutan to ensure the provision of health services by competent medical and health professionals.

5. Committee for Rural and Urban Development (CRUD)
CRUD is a government registered charity organisation working in health, education and social development since 1998 in Bangladesh.

6. Department of Community & Preventive Dentistry, Dow University of Health Sciences
The DCPD has an important role in imparting knowledge, skills and expertise pertinent to public oriented oral health care and services in Karachi, Pakistan.

7. ecancer
ecancer is committed to improving cancer communication and education with the goal of optimising patient care and outcomes.

8. Institute of Public Health in Ireland
The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) promotes cooperation for public health on the island of Ireland.

9. Instituto de Medicina Tropical Alexander von Humboldt
Part of the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), the Alexander von Humboldt Institute of Tropical Medicine was founded in Peru in 1968 to create, develop and strengthen the teaching, research and care of infectious and tropical diseases in their basic, epidemiological, clinical, therapeutic, prevention and control aspects; and to train health leaders in this area of medicine.

10. Maqbool Clinic, Research and Training Centre
The Maqbool Clinic, Research and Training Centre in Pakistan is concerned with the advancement of primary healthcare facilities, imparting knowledge and skills of primary healthcare to patients, primary care physicians, nurses, midwives, and TBAs, and improving the safety and quality of care.

11. One Million Community Health Workers Campaign (1mCHW)
Set up by the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the 1mCHW Campaign aims to expand and accelerate community health worker programs in sub-Saharan African countries, scaling them up to district, regional, and national levels to meet the health-related Millennium Development Goals.

12. PISRF – Programme Intégré de Santé de Reproduction et Familial
PISRF, or the Integrated Program of Reproductive and Family Health, aspires to promote effective and adequate reproductive and family health services in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This brings to 215 the number of organisations that have declared their support for 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 three new HIFA Supporting Organisations are:

If the goals of YOUR organisation align with the HIFA goal, 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