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/

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