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

Three new HIFA publications on Ebola

27th December 2014

Please find here three new HIFA publications on Ebola:

1. HIFA Ebola 1 – What HIFA members say (HIFA Quotations: short verbatim extracts, selected by HIFA members Josh Shotton and Neil Pakenham-Walsh)

2. HIFA Ebola 2 – Citations (HIFA Citations: bibliographic references to formal and informal sources cited by HIFA members)

3. HIFA Ebola 3 – Narrative summary (by HIFA member Enku Kebede-Francis).

The above are based on HIFA Quotations and HIFA Citations relating to discussions on HIFA during August, September and October 2014, and we shall update the documents as the discussions continue. All HIFA Quotations and Citations are available on the HIFA Voices database: www.hifavoices.org

HIFA would like to thank Josh Shotton and Enku Kebede-Francis for their work, and all HIFA members who have contributed to the discussions.

We are grateful to mPowering Frontline Health Workers and IntraHealth International (creators of the Ebola Resources for Health Workers website) for their support of HIFA discussions on Ebola. Our thanks also to The Lancet, Elsevier, mPowering and Intel for their support for the development of HIFA Voices during 2013-14, and to the British Medical Association and other financial contributors listed on the HIFA home page.

HIFA welcomes five new Supporting Organisations from Germany, India, Nigeria, UK and USA

16th December 2014

The HIFA Steering Group is delighted to announce five new HIFA Supporting Organisations from Germany, India, Nigeria, UK and USA:

1. Foundation for Mother and Child Health works to improve the lives of mothers and children in local communities by providing programmes focused on health, nutrition, education and sustainable skills training. FMCH is based in the UK.

2. Holistic Healthcare and Research Centre is based in Hyderabad, India and provides care for patients suffering with chronic diseases.

3. Jiridea Consulting focuses on supporting rural institutions in Nigeria in developing their institutional capacity.

4. Mothers Against Medical Error works to improve health care quality, educate the public and provide support for patients who have experienced medical injury. MAME is based in the USA.

5. OneWorld Medical Network trains medical personnel in developing and emerging countries and supports them by diagnosing difficult patient cases. The organisation is based in Germany.

There are now 237 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

HIFA welcomes 6 new Supporting Organisations from India, Somalia, the United Kingdom, USA and Zimbabwe

2nd December 2014

The HIFA Steering Group is delighted to announce 6 new HIFA Supporting Organisations from India, Somalia, U.K, U.S.A and Zimbabwe.

1. ​The Test Foundation is a non-profit organisation aiming to identify and respond to issues related to poverty, violence and ill health, especially among women and children in India.

2. Amoud College of Health Sciences Part of Amoud University, the College of Health Sciences generates qualified and appropriately trained health professionals to optimize patient care and advance the health status of the people in Somalia.

3. HealthProm is a UK-based charity which works to ensure vulnerable children have the best start in life.

4. iHealth-Direct is a telemedicine service based in the UK.

5. Access Healthcare Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in the USA. It focuses on improving population health through the innovative use of technology, culturally relevant health education and improved access to quality care.

6. Citizens Health Watch (CHW)​ is a citizen centered organisation which serves as a platform for debate, information sharing and monitoring of Zimbabwe’s health delivery system.

This brings to *232* 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/

Dr Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, WHO: Knowledge management and sharing for global health

24th November 2014











Dr Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, Director of Knowledge, Ethics and Research at WHO headquarters, Geneva, talks to Isabelle Wachsmuth-Huguet (Coordinator of HIFA-EVIPNet-French) about knowledge management and sharing for global health, and the role of HIFA in English, French, Portuguese and other languages.

Transcript in English
Transcript in French
Video

HIFA collaboration with GETHealth Summit and mPowering: How can we do better to meet the information and learning needs of Community Health Workers?

16th October 2014
  • What information do CHWs need?
  • Where do they currently get their information?
  • How might existing information be made more available to CHWs?
  • What can be done to adapt/make existing information more useful?
  • What role could mobile network operators (eg Vodafone) or handset manufacturers (eg Samsung) play to get clear, reliable information to CHWs at no or low cost?


  • These are the questions we shall be discussing on the HIFA Forum in the run-up to the GETHealth Summit in Dublin, Ireland, 13-14 November 2014. Join HIFA now to take part!

    The key points from the discussion will feed into a special session at the Summit, chaired by Lesley-Anne Long, director of mPowering frontline Health Workers. Panel speakers will include:

    1. Alex Little from Digital Campus talking about experience of adapting and using mobile content in Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria and India http://digital-campus.org/
    2. Anna Frellsen, Maternity Foundation, to talk about The Safe Delivery App, currently being tested in Ethiopia with plans to roll out with key players in sub-Saharan Africa more widely.
    3. Florence Gaudry-Perkins, on the diabetes work she’s been doing with the MOH in Senegal
    4. Trip Allport, Accenture Development Partnerships, talking about HELP in Kenya and potential to replicate in other countries.
    5. Peter Cardellichio, Associate Director of Global Health Media Project, a USA-based non-profit that designs and produces video and animation to train frontline health workers more effectively in resource-limited settings.

    The panelists will be asked to frame their presentations in response to the following context and questions:

    Millions of people depend on CHWs for their care. Given the exceptional importance of these workers in health sectors a critical question remains: why are so many still profoundly undertrained and unsupported? It’s not for want of attention. Private sector, NGO and charitable partners are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into finding solutions to the world’s most pressing health needs. But globally, there continues to be a skilled health worker shortage, and with the MDG deadline looming, the pressure is on to enhance the knowledge and skills of the frontline health workers and the money invested in this effort continues to increase.

    Is the global health community following the most effective route to provide relevant and effective health training for CHWs, or could we make adjustments that will accelerate the process of high quality training at scale? Is it time to start focusing on a set of freely available high quality learning resources that could be adapted for use by training institutions, NGOs, and others across multiple CHW projects in multiple countries?

    Panelists will speak from their experiences and program perspectives to explore the potential to adapt content, models and ideas to support the learning and information needs for CHWs across continents.

    In introducing and moderating the session mPowering will draw on the seven consultation workshops on the learning and information needs of CHWs that they hosted in the first half of 2014. The session will also be informed by the literature review mPowering commissioned on the use of mobile technologies by frontline health workers; and an analysis of current CHW training content and methodologies, drawing on research undertaken by WHO and the One Million CHW Campaign, and findings from the mPowering’s content survey. The potential of an online library or repository (such as the mPowering content platform) to become the ‘go-to’ place for (or Amazon of) digital health content for frontline health workers and their supervisors, and to provide a stronger link between content developers and consumers of content will also be highlighted.

    The panelists will be encouraged to ask questions of the audience and the moderator will also facilitate participant discussion to ensure the session is as engaging as possible. We will feed into the discussion comments and views from the HIFA discussion that takes place in the four weeks preceding the summit.

    Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator
    Lesley-Anne Long, Director, mPowering Frontline Health Workers

    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