Note: All HIFA publications may be freely downloaded, printed and distributed for non-commercial use only, with attribution to the Global Healthcare Information Network and HIFA. For further details, see the Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales

This page focuses on HIFA and CHILD2015 publications. For publications relating to other HIFA Global Forums, see HIFA-Portuguese, HIFA-EVIPNet-French and HIFA-Zambia.

New! HIFA poster at the Geneva Health Forum, April 2016

Download the poster here (1.4 Mb)

Our thanks to HIFA Steering Group member Isabelle Wachsmuth (WHO) and Arthy Santhakumar (BMA) for representing HIFA at this important event.

HIFA leaflet

Please distribute widely! Print it out and email it to colleagues.

HIFA Leaflet August 2016
in French
in Portuguese

HIFA Annual Reviews

HIFA Review 2014 (PDF, 400kb)

HIFA Review 2014 (High-res version for printing: PDF, 3.7Mb)

HIFA Review 2013 (PDF, 488kb)

HIFA Annual Review 2011 (PDF, 2.2Mb)

HIFA Annual Review 2010 (PDF 1.7Mb)

HIFA Annual Review 2008 (PDF 1.3Mb)

HIFA Members Directories

Every member of HIFA has a signature profile, which is added to the end of each message they send to the group. In addition, some members have given specific permission for their profile to be included in the HIFA Members Directory to facilitate one-to-one networking between members, or have sent a message to HIFA, thereby making their profile available in the public domain:

HIFA Membership Directory, March 2016

CHIFA Members Directory, November 2015

HIFA2015 Evaluation Report

In 2011, HIFA2015 underwent a major external evaluation, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

“HIFA2015 achieves an extraordinary level of activity on minimal resources from which many people around the world benefit… its ultimate success will depend on external funders providing additional funding…
HIFA2015 External Evaluation Report, October 2011, funded by Rockefeller Foundation

HIFA2015 Evaluation Report (PDF, 50 pages, 1.3Mb)

HIFA2015 Evaluation Report – Executive Summary (PDF, 5 pages, 580kb)

HIFA2015 Evaluation Annex – Case Studies, Methodology, Glossary of Terms (PDF, 58 pages, 640kb)

HIFA2015 Evaluation Report – Response from Global Healthcare Information Network and HIFA2015 Steering Group (PDF, 3 pages, 70kb)

HIFA2015 Foundation Document

The Foundation Document was published in 2007 on the basis of discussion among the first 500 HIFA2015 members. It defines the HIFA2015 goal and our strategy for achieving the goal (promoting Communication, Cooperation and Advocacy).

HIFA2015 Foundation Document
(PDF 353kb)

HIFA Powerpoint Presentations

Healthcare Information for All – Presentation at WHO Geneva, 18 December 2013 (Powerpoint: please feel free to adapt and share this presentation at conferences, meetings and in the workplace)

Introduction to HIFA2015 (2012) Please feel free to adapt this for presentation at meetings and conferences.

Introduction to HIFA in French (by Abda Anne, HIFA Country Representative, Mali)

HIFA2015: A virtual Community of Purpose (2013) This provides more detail about the achievements of HIFA and the three main components of the HIFA Strategy: HIFA Forums, HIFA Voices, and HIFA Advocacy Programme. Please feel free to adapt this for presentation at meetings and conferences.

HIFA2015 Presentation at HIFA2015 Conference, BMA, London, 9th May 2011

HIFA2015 Presentation at World Health Organization, December 2008 (PPT, 4.1Mb)

HIFA2015 sign-up form

Help us to engage new members. Download and print this sign-up form. Each form carries up to 8 new members. Take it to your next meeting or conference and invite people to join.

HIFA2015 on YouTube

Neil Pakenham-Walsh: Healthcare Information For All
Keynote Presentation at Library 2.013 Conference, 19 October 2013

HIFA2015 on YouTube (9 minute video from HIFA2015 India Representative, Dr Pranab Chatterjee)

Selected publications

All the following publications are freely available in full text.

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

O O Owolabi, Claire Glenton, Simon Lewin and Neil Pakenham-Walsh. Stakeholder views on the incorporation of traditional birth attendants into the formal health systems of low-and middle-income countries: a qualitative analysis of the HIFA2015 and CHILD2015 email discussion forums. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014, 14:118 doi:10.1186/1471-2393-14-118

Soumyadeep Bhaumik, Neil Pakenham-Walsh, Pranab Chatterjee, Tamoghna Biswas. Governments are legally obliged to ensure adequate access to health information. The Lancet Global Health, Volume 1, Issue 3, Pages e129 – e130, September 2013

Land M & Pakenham-Walsh N. Access to health information under international human rights law. 2012 (White Paper in collaboration with New York Law School)

Sophie Cooper. The Importance of Information: the HIFA2015 campaign and South Africa. 2011. Dissertation for BA (Hons) Media and Cultural Studies.

Pakenham-Walsh N & Bukachi F. Information needs of health care workers in developing countries: a literature review with a focus on Africa. Human Resources for Health 2009, 7:30doi:10.1186/1478-4491-7-30

Pakenham-Walsh N. Healthcare Information for All by 2015: a community of purpose facilitated by Reader-Focused Moderation. Knowledge Management for Development Journal, Vol 3, No 1. 2007

Godlee F, Pakenham-Walsh N, Ncayiyana D, Cohen B, Packer A. Can we achieve health information for all by 2015? Lancet 2004;364(9430):295-300

Talks and presentations

Healthcare Information for All by 2015 (audio presentation, 2010, 9 minutes)

Policy documents

Funding Policy

Environmental and Ethical Policy