What people say about HIFA

HIFA members in Africa
HIFA members in Asia
HIFA members in Eastern Mediterranean Region
HIFA members in Europe
HIFA members in North and South America & Caribbean
HIFA Members in West Pacific Region

HIFA members in Africa

“I am so much honoured to be part already of this wonderful initiative the HIFA2015 as a country representative for Cameroon. My few months working in the HIFA2015 has absolutely changed my perception of health and training of health professionals.”

Didier Demassosso, University of Bamenda, Cameroon, 14 July 2014

“I am honoured to represent HIFA in Eritrea. Being one of the beneficiaries of the flow of information from both HIFA and CHILD2015, I hope I can contribute something to reach the goals of the forum.”

Toumzghi Sengal, physician assistant, Eritrea, 17 March 2014

“HIFA is the most interactive network and it has facilitated the visibility and connectivity of most professionals. A lot of members have even found powerful connections leading to employment, projects, mentorship, and research of very high value globally. HIFA is not just an ordinary forum but a practical one driven by self motivated coordinators. HIFA members effectively use the forum to reach millions: information is indeed power.”

Kenneth L Chanda, National Institute of Public Administration, Zambia, 8 February 2014

“I want to tell you how much I find HIFA interesting. The more I am involved the more I love it. Thank you for sharing with me.”

Didier Demassosso, ICT and Kulture, Cameroon, 29 December 2013

“It is really great to be a member of HIFA2015. I just mentioned my need and wonderful assistance came pouring in. I thank all of you very much.”

Shima Kaimom Gyoh, Professor of Surgery, College of Health Sciences, Benue State University, Nigeria, 20 October 2013

“I work with Uganda Chartered Healthnet, improving health literacy among health workers particularly those in under-served rural communities of Uganda. HIFA is an inspiration to our work. I look forward to a fruitful collaboration with you all as we strive to achieve health for all.”

Fred Kakaire Nyende, Uganda Chartered Healthnet, 30 April 2013

“Thanks to HIFA2015, (http://www.hifa2015.org/wp-content/uploads/THE-FOURTH-BRITISH-TRIP-REPORT.pdf ) I am now linked up with the World Health Organization to promote local production of medical devices and transfer of health technology in Nigeria.”

Oluyombo Awojobi, Consultant Rural Surgeon, Awojobi Clinic Eruwa, Oyo State, Nigeria, 21 April 2013

“I have just participated in 2nd Training Workshop In Basic And Advanced Life Support For Health Care Professionals organized by the National Postgraduate College of Nigeria. HIFA2015 and its objectives were introduced to 95 participants and about 20 facilitators. A participant sitting next to me could not hold back tears because her 30 years old nephew died recently from choking while eating. Family members present didn’t know what to do before it was too late!”
Olayinka Akanke Abosede, Consultant in Community Health, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria, 23 March 2013

“I find HIFA an incredible resource and share it widely not only in Sightsavers but with the wider eye health sector in Africa.”
Ronnie Graham, Director, HRH, Sightsavers, Tanzania. 10 January 2013

“The HIFA forum is indeed a great forum for medical and non medical practitioners alike. As a member of the Group, I have followed all conversation and insight over the last one year and I hope that the policy makers are taking note of this great idea.”

Adeshina John Mathew, Sweet Mother International, Nigeria, 22 November 2012

“I have invited the ministers of health in Nigeria to join HIFA or get their immediate aides to join so that they read these comments first hand.”

Joseph Ana, Calabar Women & Children Hospital, Nigeria, 22 November 2012

“HIFA is now a global brand that has filled a big void of information in Public Health and Community Medicine in the developing countries.”

Edwin Mapara, Public Health Consultant, Zambia/Botswana/UK

“We have found the HIFA mnemonic SEISMIC very helpful as we advance the teaching and skills acquisition of ‘Quality & Safety’ and ‘Clinical Governance’ in West Africa subregion.”

Joseph Ana, Calabar Women & Children Hospital, Nigeria, 26 July 2012

“The state of health care in Nigeria would have remained in the backyard of ignorance but for HIFA2015.”

Oluyombo A Awojobi, Consultant Rural Surgeon, Nigeria, 14 July 2012

“It is my pleasure to work hand in hand to bring HIFA2015 to growth and to achieving our goals in every corner of the world.”

Emmanuel Ngabire, Teacher, National University of Rwanda, 11 July 2012

“HIFA2015 is a tremendous window on the world of healthcare worldwide by health professionals with a wide variety of views on sometimes controversial issues as well as evidence based medicine.”

Daniel Stern, Mobile Monday, Uganda, 5 March 2012

“HIFA is a powerful concept and has made tremendously good progress. We, the HIFA members, reap the benefits of these inputs to inform healthcare worldwide. Please keep up the nice job. You guys are wonderful.”

Victor Chigozie Iwuagwu, Center for Public Health Diseases Prevention in Nigeria, 22 April 2013

“HIFA has become a household name among the general practitioners in Lagos! Can you imagine? These are indeed exciting times! From Maiduguri to Calabar, Port Harcout to Sokoto, Lagos to Markurdi, they talked. What a discussion! Thank you thank you thank you. Together, we can make a difference! Together, we will make a difference!”

Olayinka O. Ayankogbe, Head, Family Medicine Unit, University of Lagos, Nigeria, 23 February 2012

“HIFA has greatly helped to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, through its on-line discussion group with members from different discipline and across the globe. Subjects relating to all the eight MDG Goals are discussed among members, with special interest in women, children and health systems reform and strengthening.”

Remi Akinmade, Executive Director, Community Health Information Education Forum, Nigeria, 16 February 2012

“HIFA2015 provides the rare opportunity for Nigerians in the health sector to air their views and hopefully influence the powers-that-be to institute changes that will improve health care delivery in Nigeria and the West African sub-region. I urge you to join this network and add your voice to the efforts to make things better for our rural compatriots.”

Oluyombo Awojobi, Consultant Rural Surgeon, Eruwa, Nigeria, January 2012

“HIFA2015 is doing very important work. HIFA2015 is the best global network for health professionals, health information managers / librarians, decision-makers and partners.”

Pascal Mouhouelo, Acting Head Librarian, African Regional Office, World Health Organization, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, January 2012

“I commend all the great work you are doing on the HIFA platform. Being in the HIFA group has ensured that I get to know so many things which I otherwise would not have had access to. Please keep up the good work and stay blessed.”

Ayebo Sadoh, Paediatrician, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

“The information we need to maintain health must reach everyone by the year 2015. If it does not, it should not be for want of trying!”

Shima Gyoh, Professor of Surgery, Benue State University, Nigeria

“I have asked my colleague, who works for the Uganda Ministry of Health, to make an intervention suggesting that all officials subscribe to the HIFA2015 list. HIFA2015 is one of the most amazing, literally, sources of relevant, up-to-date, grassroots, real time health information! There is no doubt that HIFA2015 plays an important role as a forum for better understanding and debate. It’s not easy to monitor the gradual changes in peoples views, but with the consistently excellent quality of discussions on the list about sensitive issues we are sure to make progress in overcoming misapprehensions and prejudices as we gain insights from others’ experiences and the global mind improves its ability to differentiate.”

Daniel Stern, Director of Mobile Monday, Kampala, Uganda

“The multidisciplinary composition of the membership of HIFA2015 is one of its strongest virtues. The contributions encourage 360 degrees reflection and transformative thinking in health. It promotes the advantages of joined up thinking and the integration of vertical and horizontal view points by practitioners.”

Joseph Ana, Former High Commissioner, Cross River State, Nigeria

“Who would have recognized the poor midwife in the remote area where no one wants to dream of but still are eager to help to achieve the Millennium Development Goals? HIFA2015 is the best-ever practice of information sharing to achieve the goals. I love HIFA2015 for you have made me proud for what I am today!”

Matilda Bannerman-Wulff, Midwife, Ghana

“HIFA2015 is doing a grand job in tackling education on health matters… I see HIFA2015 as an important component in catalysing the peaceful revolution that would favourably modify the actions of our governments in the health sector.”

Shima Kaimom Gyoh, Professor of Surgery, College of Health Sciences, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria

“I would like to appreciate the rate at which information is being shared on this forum, needless to say, this is the most active and eloquent forum of all I am subscribed to.”

Robert Matovu, Reach the Children, Uganda

“I have been reading with growing interest the comments by all and am encouraged by the passion and commitment of all participants in this exciting forum. Well done!”

Alero Roberts, Nigeria

“HIFA2015 is connecting the world and it is playing a big role in terms of information sharing, exchange of knowledge and experiences, professional and social networks… The great thing is that HIFA2015 members are from all professional levels and all the geographical areas are covered: nurses, physicians, other health or medical professionals, researchers, librarians, information specialists from the World….. This is great!”

Pascal Mouhouelo, Library & Documentation Centre, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa, Brazzaville, Congo

“I really appreciate the active insightful sharing that goes on in our forum.”

Anthony Wairagu, African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), Nairobi, Kenya

“I am indeed grateful for the benefits that have accrued to me since joining this wonderful, very useful, and quite relevant network to African countries. Thank you for the good work you and your team are doing to bless mankind, especially the underserved population in most developing countries of the world.”

Adenike Onibokun, Nurse Educator & Consultant Psycho-Oncologist, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

“Spurred on by HIFA discussions, we now have some funding to establish computer and internet services in our rural health training centers for undergraduate and post-graduate students in community health, Family Medicine, Community Health Officers course students, Community Health Extension workers, community ophthalmologists, midwives and nurses and traditional birth attendants and Village Health Workers!”

Olayinka Ayankogbe, Senior Lecturer in Family Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria

“Thank you for giving the global health community this opportunity to share ideas on how to make the world healthier. We in the developing world need to keep in touch and this is one very key way of doing it.”

Linda Amarkai Vanotoo, Regional Director, Ghana Health Service

“The HIFA2015 goal is within reach to provide relevant health information for all to the primary care health workers in Africa and the rest of the majority world.”

Bruce Dahlman, Institute of Family Medicine, report to Ministry of Health, Kenya

“HIFA2015 is the best thing to happen in my life concerning my career. I have learnt so, so much from the discussions… Long live HIFA2015!”

Beatrice Muraguri, Health Information Officer, Ministry of Health, Nairobi, Kenya

“Inspired and backed-up with the thorough discussions we had on the “Knowledge Cycle” in HIFA, I made a presentation [to the Federal Ministry of Health]… The results were simply amazing… Thanks to HIFA members who helped me formulate a clearer message through their inputs and insights on the topic.”

Ghaiath Hussein, Research Directorate, Ministry of Health, Sudan

“The HIFA2015 network is simply wonderful. I have made contacts with top brass in WHO, and funders in Canada. I have become an international and global contributor to health issues. Please join this network! Especially if you are a doctor in information starved Africa!”

Olayinka Ayankogbe, Senior Lecturer in Family Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria

“HIFA helps us to monitor and evaluate the use of health information from all corners of the world. This is a good tool to find mentors and seek second opinion on a topic or research one wants to share with others because the response is quite instant. [HIFA2015] should be strongly supported because the benefits are immense.”

Kenneth Chanda, Medical Librarian, University of Zambia

“I am pleased to inform you that I have received a Blue Trunk library from the WHO office in Nairobi, Kenya. I take this opportunity to thank the WHO for the continued support to the Kilifi library. I also extend my gratitude to HIFA2015 network for providing the platform to share ideas and to work together towards our goal of “Healthcare information for all by 2015″.

Alex Maina, Librarian, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kilifi, Kenya

“We, in BMJ West Africa edition have no hesitation in affirming the high impact role that HIFA2015 has played, since it was launched, in assisting our organisation… We are proud to associate with HIFA2015 and have no hesitation in recommending it to our colleagues (and we have been doing just that) in this impoverished subregion which is in dire need of access and use of appropriate health information. Best wishes in your drive for sustainable funding for HIFA2015.”

Joseph Ana, Commissioner for Health, Cross River state, Nigeria

“Within the short few months that I have joined HIFA2015. I have received a great tutorial DVD that has taught me a great way to repair the common but very distressing vesico-vaginal fistula (VVF), a knowledge which I am going to share with the Association of Rural Surgical Practitioners of Nigeria (ARSPON)… I have become conscious that I must share my experiences with others, and look forward to learning from the vast experience of others in all parts of the continent and beyond. I always thought that my part of the world was the worst there is, but I was amazed that others had problems that made me wish I could go out there and assist!”

Shima Kaimom Gyoh, Professor of Surgery, College of Health Sciences, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria

HIFA2015 members in Asia

“HIFA is an indispensable forum for public health researchers.”

Rakesh Biswas, Professor of Medicine, People’s College of Medical Sciences, Bhopal, India, 26 September 2012

“I have learned and got many information from HIFA. This is a great site where same minded people share and exchange their knowledge.”

Ariful Basher, Medical Officer, Kala Azar Project, Bangladesh, 29 May 2012

“Within 2 days since I joined the HIFA2015, I’ve received a number of invitations to form collaborative parternships between my organization and other international organizations. Thank you for making that possible through the online platform of the HIFA2015″

Roman Shrestha, Nepal Public Health Network, 17 May 2012

“I express my gratitude for having such an educating and rewarding experience at this forum.”

Thein Thein Htay, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Health, Myanmar

“HIFA2015 has given us the links and solutions we were struggling for.”

Vivek Chhabra, Doctors for You, India – winner of BMJ Award 2011 for best Medical Team in a Crisis Zone

“I must say that the individuals who came together to save HINARI for the time being could not have done it had they not been united by the HIFA2015. It shows that the power of cyber advocacy is immense. I would like to applaud you for running the group so efficiently. Also, I have been following the mobile phone with healthcare information issue with some interest. I believe with mobile telephones becoming ubiquitous, it would be a great way to serve healthcare information at the point of care. I find it to be a matter of great privilege to be a member of this group and I am in great admiration of the way HIFA2015 keeps touching lives!”

Pranab Chatterjeee, Medical College, West Bengal University of Health Sciences, Kolkata, India

“The HIFA2015 email discussion forum is like an open textbook of real life public health. Thanks to you all for such a far reaching endeavour.”

Mahesh Pundlik Kate, Senior Resident, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, India

“I wish to acknowledge the crucial role played by HIFA2015 discussions in the development of this venture [First Care Health, a new social enterprise with rural medical practitioners in India]. The idea first struck me in one of the discussion threads, and subsequently I received a lot of support and encouragement from several HIFA members.”

Meenakshi Gautham, First Care Health, Indian Institute of Technology, India

“In this era of commercial interests, a platform such as HIFA is most essential especially for people like me in the nonprofit sector, who are involved in improving the quality of life of hundreds of persons in the developing world. The network saves us cost, time, and provides us high quality scientific information. It also culls out wisdom from experiences from those who have walked the paths before us and makes it available to many. I would appeal for further funding support to this special forum to continue.”

Daisy Dhrmaraj, health and development consultant, India

“Being a member of HIFA2015 has helped to deepen my understanding of the similarities and differences in issues relating to healthcare information access around the world. This spans the ambit of training para-medical personnel to helping medical practitioners be updated with the latest medical knowledge, challenges of distance, language, costs et al. I am very glad to be a member of the HIFA2015 and I hope HIFA2015 will be able to gain the support needed to achieve the ‘Healthcare Information for All by 2015′ goal.”

Sowmya Rajasekaran, Lumbini Eye Institute, Nepal

HIFA2015 members in the Eastern Mediterranean region

“It gives us so much hope that there are so many people out there who care and like to come together on a common platform to improve the health of the citizens of the world.”

Farooq Rathore, Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine, CMH Lahore Medical College, Pakistan, 4 March 2014

“I read all postings with great interest. My main stress is to apply knowledge and information learnt from HIFA to my people and where ever possible. HIFA not only provides a platform for knowledge and discussions but it has also provided me opportunities to connect with many wonderful people around the world.I am using these connections for benefit of my people and would continue to do that. Thanks to all colleagues at HIFA for making me more useful for my community.”

Manzoor Ahmed Butt, Family Physician, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, 24 April 2013

“I am member of HIFA since 2008 and it has played a vital role in my capacity building. I feel much improved as author and especially more evidence based health care provider. I look forward to continued association with HIFA — much much beyond 2015…. I am very thankful to HIFA2015 for the knowledge and opportunity they provide to similarly thinking people and professionals. I got introduced to so many useful activities and people in Pakistan and worldwide. I look forward to extend my share of helping people now to Africa.”

Manzoor Butt, Family Physician, Researcher & Trainer, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, 1 October 2012

“I salute and congratulate you for the remarkable work.”

Clara Pasha, Vice President, Midwifery Association of Pakistan, 17 March 2012

“HIFA2015 is one of the most useful prestigious e-forums I have ever known with thousands of members from all over the globe. I strongly recommend that you join.”

Ghaiath Hussein, assistant professor of bioethics, King Fahd Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

“Apart from the forum, it’s a really good idea to hold a public meeting for HIFA2015 members and I hope it will an annual event by choosing any similar large gathering of health professionals to hold such public meeting for the group. Indeed, I was actually amazed by the quality of our members and it will be good to meet some face to face.”

Hassanein Hadi, International Committee of the Red Cross, Iraq

“This forum has become a tremendous source of information for health workers around the globe, specially for the developing countries.”

S M Mursalin, National Coordinator Health Information, Ministry of Health, Pakistan

“You are doing a wonderful job in sharing information on your list serve. We need the kind of hope you provide.”

Kay Wotton, Community Medicine Specialist, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan

HIFA2015 members in Europe

“In the past few years, it has been a fascinating experience of reading all the information exchanged via HIFA by global public health workers, researchers, agencies, etc, which has become part of my daily life. HIFA discussions shorten the distance between the information/ knowledge provider and the end users, showing the great impact of healthcare information on the improvement of people’s health, as well as on the policy-making process.”

Jing Wang, World Health Organization, Geneva, 5 June 2014

“HIFA has been a massive inspiration in founding www.doctoori.net . It has reinforced the need to bring high quality, reliable and accessible health information into the Arabic language. This is at the core of our Mission in providing engaging, patient-focused articles and interactive tools as a trusted resource for the Arabic-speaking world.”

Dr Zain Sikafi, CEO & Founder, Doctoori, UK, 23 April 2014

“I wish to express my utmost gratitude for the activity of this network. I am learning new things every day, and above all I have the impression that we still can have trust in other people sharing the same objectives without hidden interests. HIFA2015 is really a great example of the strength of bottom up actions.”

Paola De Castro, Director, Publishing Unit, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy, 13 November 2013

“Being a member of the HIFA2015 and CHILD2015 campaign has given us access to a fantastic network who regularly and actively engage with our content and ideas. Members of the forums act as our ‘critical friend’ and their feedback gives us confidence in our materials and approaches. They draw our attention to important new resources and training opportunities. It is a group that has become part of the beating heart of our organisation.”

Clare Hanbury, Children for Health, UK, 24 October 2013

“Thanks to the CHILD2015 forum we are now working with a group of CHILD2015 members to better understand the social determinants of child health in their respective populations. The work is based in human rights principles and is focused on developing ways for health workers to study social determinants and then use the findings to develop interventions for clinical care and policy. This has contributed to a paper that will be published in the Journal of Paediatrics and International Child Health in November as well as poster presentations at the annual conferences of the Public Health Association of South Africa and American Academy of Pediatrics. I would like to thank the CHILD2015 forum for inspiring this work, which was born from discussions on the forum and is part of ongoing work of its members.”

Ayesha Kadir, King’s College Hospital, London, UK, 31 August 2013

“Thank you HIFA, you are enriching my life with wonderful contacts!”

Jo Vallis, NHS Education Scotland, 25 June 2013

“We are strong supporters of HIFA and consider HIFA’s excellent work as absolutely integral to achieving better health outcomes for all!”

Kat Morley-Fletcher, CEO, Medical Aid Films, UK, 20 March 2013

“HIFA really is a great project and wonderful platform for information sharing, collaboration and networking. I really enjoy being a part of HIFA and I am very happy to be a part of the team!”

Atai Okokon, Pharmacist, Masters in Global Health student, University of Oxford, UK; HIFA 2013 Challenge Coordinator, 13 February 2013

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed to the conversation on traditional birth attendants. It was a very enriching experience for me retrospectively looking at the conversations and how they evolved over time. In total I looked at over 600 messages and I learnt very much from the diverse experiences represented on this forum. I think its wonderful how everyone engages in conversations like this to facilitate knowledge sharing.”

Onikepe Owolabi, PhD Candidate, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 4 February 2013

“I joined HIFA some months ago and learned a lot by listening to the voice of people who share ideas, experiences, information and links through a solution-focused email forum connecting health care workers, publishers, editors, librarians, information specialists from health districts in rural villages, local hospitals, as well as academic and research institutions and associations, spread all over the world. EASE recognises the value of HIFA2015 and the role that its members can play to support the campaign and improve communication of health related information. HIFA is an extraordinary global network of people striving for global health.”

Paola De Castro, Italy, European Association of Science Editors, 5 February 2013

“I joined HIFA some months ago and learned a lot by listening to the voice of people who share ideas, experiences, information and links through a solution-focused email forum connecting health care workers, publishers, editors, librarians, information specialists from health districts in rural villages, local hospitals, as well as academic and research institutions and associations, spread all over the world. EASE recognises the value of HIFA2015 and the role that its members can play to support the campaign and improve communication of health related information. HIFA is an extraordinary global network of people striving for global health.”

Paola De Castro, Italy, European Association of Science Editors, 18 December 2012

“My experience with HIFA has been totally amazing. I have had the opportunity to lead a dynamic multinational and multidisciplinary team of about 30 to stimulate discussions that identify the health information needs of mothers, citizens and families especially in low resource settings. Ranging from breastfeeding options for mothers with HIV, hand hygiene practices and myths about contraceptive use to diarrhoea management and irrational use of antibiotics, the discussions have been eye opening, undiluted and have provided an opportunity to learn. I look forward to continuing to lead this team as we explore options to further encourage participation and possibly extract useful lumps of information for analysis.”

Oluwatosin (Tosin) Ogunmoyero, HIFA 2012 Coordinator, Intern, World Health Organization, Geneva, 10 November 2012

“Working with HIFA is an opportunity to engage in very stimulating discussions on health needs in the developing world with a variety of practitioners at different levels. The opinions are sincere, arguments extremely interesting and I’ve had the opportunity to analyse these conversations in qualitative research to inform a WHO new policy guideline. I’m enjoying the ongoing challenge of seeing how we can disseminate necessary information to every level of health worker, and using the meat of our conversations as evidence to inform policy.”

Onikepe Owolabi, HIFA intern and PhD candidate, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, 10 November 2012

“I would like to thank you for the extraordinary work that you do with HIFA2015: as you know, HIFA2015 has been instrumental in the development of Medical Aid Films and I am extremely grateful.”

Anne Prost, Medical Aid Films, UK, 26 June 2012

“It is an honour to be a part of a forum like this one–where people are taking the time to speak to one another, to help one another to find resources, and to share ideas–above and beyond their own workload–to shift to a culture of international dialogue and mentorship.”

Anne Radl, The Humanitarian Centre, Cambridge, UK, 7 June 2012

“I am new to HIFA2015 but already finding it a great forum for discussion and action!”

Ruth Northway, Professor of Nursing, University of Glamorgan, UK, 20 March 2012

“As the person running the Building Leadership for Health initiative and a keen member of HIFA I am constantly re-inspired by the feedback from your members.”

Graham Lister, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK, 14 March 2012

“I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation of the HIFA2015 forum. On the basis of what I have been exposed to on the forum, I prepared a background paper on mHealth to present to the World Stroke Organisation Board in which I highlighted the role of HIFA.”

Sandra Levy, Stroke Alliance For Europe, 17 February 2012

“Thanks to HIFA2015, I have met with people in Ghana with whom I have been corresponding for some time. This network has and will continue to save the lives of women and babies. Thank you for the great work you do.”

Angela Gorman, Life for African Mothers, UK, 19 January 2012

“Never a day passes without some very interesting topic(s) appearing in one or more HIFA2015 messages. I congratulate you on the variety of subjects and what appears to be an ever increasing number of members making worthwhile contributions towards improving health matters across the globe – quite terrific and a huge “THANK YOU”.

John Zeal, Camborne Consultants, UK, December 2011

“I’d like to share with you the power of the HIFA2015 network. In 2010, Pat Hughes posted information about Health Education and Training (HEAT)… and her email was picked up by a doctor working at the University Hospital in Lusaka, Dr Labib. Dr Labib contacted me to hear more about HEAT and a result of our discussion, the OU’s Director of International Development and I visited Lusaka to meet Dr Labib and his colleagues. Whilst there we also met with the Permanent Secretary for Health, and a number of health professionals responsible for training community health workers and also had discussions with UNICEF and DfID. Subsequently the OU became a member of the Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance. We are now working with the Alliance to secure funding to engage in health workforce development in Zambia to support the country’s national health education strategy. All this from a HIFA2015 posting! This does show the power of the HIFA network not only to provide an excellent information sharing forum but to initiate activity which has the potential to lead to action for change.”

Lesley-Anne Long, Deputy Director, International Development Office, The Open University, UK

“I am amazed by the momentum and enthusiasm of HIFA’s members. Every day there are new questions, new testimonies and shared resources. It opens up the doors for great networking without having to leave the office!”

Leanne Kennedy, Community Health Global Network, UK

“I have found the forum enormously valuable and helpful for the work that we are involved in, which involves supporting community health programmes in India.”

Sally Venn, Public Health Wales, UK

“HIFA2015 is surely the most global coalition of healthcare actors and policy makers in the world!”

Lori Thicke, Translators without Borders, France

“I have been receiving the HIFA emails and have found them incredibly useful and interesting. HIFA has made impressive acheivements in terms of diversity of informed parties and topics. On a personal level I very much enjoy reading what is going on.”

Sam Franzen, Global Health Clinical Trials Programme, University of Oxford, UK

“I value the network very much and bring thoughts and opportunities from the network frequently to the attention of colleagues.”

Pieter Both, Leprosy Mission International, The Netherlands

“I am personally committed to HIFA2015, as it is a perfect match for what we aim to do. The very reason for the journal’s existence is that we know people are going needlessly blind in developing countries because eye care or health care workers don’t know what to do, or how important it is that they act urgently.”

Elmien Ellison, Editor, Community Eye Health Journal, International Centre for Eye Health, London

“This HIFA list never ceases to amaze!”

Sue Thomas, Health Promotion Librarian, Department of Public Health and Health Professionals, Welsh Assembly Government, Wales

“I always read as much of the HIFA2015 discussions as I can as I think they are a great source of ideas and tap into what people really need. The mix of common sense, insight and inspiration that accumulates around hot topics is brilliant!”

Jean Newman, Kenya Health Information Partnership, UK

“I find it the most useful tool for communication and exchange of experience.”

Joost Butenop, Medical Mission Institute, Germany

“Of all the hundreds of forum emails I get daily, HIFA is the only one serious enough to read through.”

Garance Upham, General Secretary, Safe Observer, Geneva, Switzerland

“The messages exchanged among HIFA2015 participants are precious for me to better understand realities on the ground in relation to my work, as well as to raise awareness of WHO publications.”

Maryvonne Grisetti, WHO Press, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

“As I travel around the world and visit health centres and schools of health professionals, I am outraged by the lack of current books and journals in a number of countries… HIFA2015 and its laudable mission to scale up health information to all health workers is timely. And that is why I decided to join the HIFA2015 campaign. I believe HIFA2015 provides a forum for pooling of our resources, experiences and best practices. Together we can improve access to health information and ‘walk the talk’ toward evidence based care for all.”

Tesfamicael Ghebrehiwet, International Council of Nurses, Geneva, Switzerland

“I am surprised and impressed by the globality of your members. I find it especially interesting reading about the experiences of those working in lower income regions such as parts of Africa. Thank you again for having included me in this informative network.”

Mayoni Ranasinghe, Health on the Net Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland

“It is very exciting to read the many fascinating and informative messages sent amongst the HIFA2015 group. Working in the area of community health can be so challenging, but by freely sharing ideas, learning, solutions and encouragement, we’ll all be better equipped, resourced and motivated to make a bigger difference… So thank you to the members who contribute to these valuable conversations!”

Zannah Jeffreys, Community Health Global Network, UK

HIFA2015 members in North and South America & Caribbean

“I really enjoy reading and participating in this forum. My knowledge has been greatly increased by being a part of HIFA2015.”

Shirley Hibbert, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, Ministry of Health, Jamaica, 21 May 2014

“We would like to gratefully acknowledge the many HIFA2015 and CHILD2015 members who have helped out with field-testing all over the world. This feedback is crucial in improving the quality of our videos – and as a small organization you have helped to extend our reach beyond what we could do on our own.”

Deborah Van Dyke, Global Health Media Project, USA, 7 September 2013

“Thanks to contacts made through HIFA, we have worked with The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust to subtitle their videos into 11 Indian languages. And we have translated voiceovers for videos by the Global Health Media Project in Swahili and other local languages.”

Lori Thicke, Founder, Translators Without Borders, Canada, 3 August 2013

“We have had a tremendous response to the announcement of our videos on the CHILD and HIFA networks. We’re so glad many of you find them useful for your work in helping to educate frontline health workers about newborn care and cholera.”

Deborah Van Dyke, Global Health Media Project, USA, 6 July 2013

“I have enjoyed receiving these informative emails and look forward to participating by posting too. MUCH appreciate your GREAT work”

Deva-Marie Beck, Nightingale Initiative for Global Health, Canada, 22 May 2013

“I want to voice my appreciation for your work and that of the HIFA community. It is an incredibly important resource and network/community. Thanks for all you do to keep that momentum up!”

Heather Zornetzer, ICT for Health Program, Sustainable Sciences Institute, USA/Nicaragua, 26 April 2013

“Blessings to the many powerful hearts and bright minds of care that are part of HIFA2015. Together we can reverse the tides of healthcare injustice.”

Michele Sare, Executive Director, Nurses for Nurses International, USA, 18 February 2013

“My organization and I were thrilled to come across the HIFA2015 campaign working on the vital issue of access to appropriate medical information. As a clinician, an educator, and an advocate for global health, I can think of few causes more pressing than ensuring equal access for all health providers to the most current materials for the care of their patients. The email list has provided us with some great information and networking opportunities, and we are excited to join the campaign as it moves forward!”

James Hudspeth, MD, Physicians for Haiti, 25 January 2013

“HIFA members field-tested our first set of videos last year, and we are grateful that most have agreed to participate again in this round… Thanks to HIFA2015, we are working on Spanish and Swahili versions, with the generous assistance of Translators Without Borders.”

Deborah van Dyke, Director, Global Health Media Project, USA, 7 January 2013

“There is a need for better dialogue between journals and researchers. Forums like HIFA2015, a global campaign to achieve Healthcare Information For All by 2015 can be good, neutral grounds for open, continuous dialogue.”

Marina Kukso, Public Library of Science, USA, 14 December 2012

“I would like to thank HIFA2015 for bringing myself from Wikipedia and Lori Thicke from Translators Without Borders together. This has led to an exciting new collaboration to improve free global access to high quality health information.”

James Heilman, Wikimedia Canada, January 2012

“This year we are continuing our invaluable partnership with HIFA2015 through our featured category, Healthcare Providers. This partnership spotlights the critical role of health professionals working to improve the availability and use of healthcare information in developing countries.”
David Alexander, Photoshare, Knowledge For Health, USA, 5 December 2012

“We were very excited to learn about HIFA2015 – access to information is the central theme of our group, and absence of necessary information is a constant complaint from our Haitian colleagues.”

James Hudspeth, Physicians for Haiti, USA, 27 November 2012

“HIFA2015 is an excellent resource for global healthcare and is also very useful for understanding healthcare cultures in immigrant populations.”

Amy Price, Empower2Go, USA, 14 September 2012

“I really look forward to reading the information that is posted. The knowledge gain is invaluable.”

Rosemarie Josey, Public Hospital Authority, Bahamas, 11 August 2012

“HIFA2015 is the most successful and sustained Community of Practice in the health development field.”

Rebecca Rhodes, IntraHealth International, USA, 29 March 2012

“Our newborn care videos ready for field-testing…We would like to gratefully acknowledge the help of many HIFA2015 and CHILD2015 members over the past year.”

Deborah Van Dyke, Director, Global Health Media Project, USA, 22 February 2012

“If you want to read and/or enter into a very lively discussion on a variety of relevant global child health issues you must join HIFA2015 (Healthcare Information for All) and its companion CHILD2015….Join and your journey of discussion and discovery is about to begin.”

Duke Duncan, Professor of Pediatrics & Public Health, American Academy of Pediatrics, February 2012

“HIFA opens the door to learning/teaching with those who are out there all over…doing the work. Uniting the lessons of yesteryear with the new knowledge, day to day issues and internet facilitated contagion of understanding, is special, thirst quenching, and potentially transforming for all concerned. Thank you HIFA for making this possible.”
Nicholas Cunningham, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Pediatrics & Clinical Public Health, Columbia University, New York, USA December 2011

“The HIFA2015 group is wonderful. The range of international participation and the quality of the submissions are impressive. I am so pleased to have become a member.”

Jim Henderson, Liaison Librarian, McGill University Life Sciences Library, Canada

“In the year since joining the HIFA network I have found it incredibly valuable. Though I am very busy, I skim all of the posts, and read with interest many of them. There have been impressive insights and dialogues with people in such a wide range of professions from all over the globe. I consider it a stroke of luck to have discovered it and good fortune to have joined. Thanks for creating that opportunity for all of us.”

Deborah van Dyke, Field Team Leader, Médecins sans Frontières; Founder, Global Health Media Project, USA

“HIFA2015 has many incredibly important and informative discussions – it is a tremendous, flourishing community and a valuable service to health workers and others around the world.”

Eric Friedman, Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative and Physicians for Human Rights, USA

“This type of engagement and discussion is absolutely critical. It is possible that everyone might not agree entirely on each element of these types of programs, but if the issues can be fully explored then the materials have a better chance of being effectively locally adapted as necessary to optimize likelihood of success in individual settings.”

Jonathan Spector, Chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on International Child Health (re CHILD2015 discussion on guidelines for neonatal resuscitation in low-resource settings)

“I am most pleased to being part of HIFA2015, and firmly believe that it’s already making a real contribution to its goal of getting access of an informed healthcare provider to every person worldwide.”

Luis Huicho, Professor of Paediatrics, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru

“I have reconnected with so many old friends through HIFA2015! HIFA2015 has done such a great job in connecting many people around the world, people who would never have met, or who should meet… but struggling on alone!”

Elizabeth Hillman, Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics, Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada

“It gives me great hope that so many very accomplished professionals are joining in collaboration on the important goal of improving the knowledge of health workers.”

Deborah van Dyke, Field Team Leader, Médecins sans Frontières; Founder, Global Health Media Project, USA

“We are avid readers and supporters of HIFA. Thank you for your critical efforts in maintaining this forum.”

Julia Frydman, Program Manager for Health Systems, Earth Institute, USA

“I’m a huge fan of this list-serv – I find everyone’s comments truly illuminating, and they have had a large impact on our work at the Earth Institute and Millennium Villages.”

Prabhjot Dhadialla, Team Leader, Millennium Village Project’s Community Health Worker Program, Earth Institute, USA

“Observations and shared experiences from the HIFA2015 community have been enormously useful all along the way, and have added significantly to understanding on-the-ground realities and needs… So thank you to the whole HIFA2015 community for the many ways in which you are contributing to our research.”

Catherine Coleman, Editor-in-Chief, ProCor, USA

“I really think it is a great project that will benefit a lot of people around the world specially us in the developing countries. [HIFA2015] can make extraordinary dreams become possible.”

Maribel Bont, medical lecturer, Venezuela

“I want to express my honest and heartfelt thanks for the unique and comprehensive network opportunity kindly provided by your site. This networking has become an important integral part in our daily life.”

Naira Roland Matevosyan-Schwarzenberg, professor of obstetrics, USA

“The South Sudan team have been delighted by the response [from HIFA2015 members] about materials available for our resource center in Juba. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have written to me or posted a message. Every contact has been filed and as the center becomes ready and we appoint the managers, we will be contacting you, or the source that you gave us, so that we can make as much information as possible available to our clients. This has been an example, for me, of the Forum at its most productive and effective. It is really impressive that so many people took the time to respond.”

Barbara Stilwell, Capacity Project, USA

“It is incredibly exciting for me to follow this dialogue thread”

Patricia Mechael, Millennium Villages Project, USA

“I joined HIFA 2015 after the first-ever Global Health Workforce Forum in Kampala in March 2008 and have found the group unique and important for 3 reasons: (1) The exchange provides a rapid overview of timely, relevant issues articulated from a refreshingly diverse set of perspectives; (2) The threads of conversation are varied and well moderated, moving in a timely way from topic to topic; (3) I can quickly and efficiently make contact and stay in touch with an extremely diverse group of colleagues with one overarching common interest – improving health of people in the world using evidenced-based approaches. I have recommended the group to many other colleagues, particularly those involved in humanitarian health efforts, as one way to bridge our silos to shift our efforts from surviving to thriving in our personal and professional efforts. HIFA2015 and CHILD2015 combine 3 types of capital— ‘intellectual capital’ (i.e. the knowledge brought from the literature and experience) as well as bridging ‘social capital’ (sharing our knowledge across disciplines and communities and continents); and ‘technologic capital’ (i.e. using the latest networking technology to encourage and efficiently handle complex internet interchanges).”

Karen Hein, Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health and (Clinical) Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA

“Perhaps the first and foremost art of medicine is deciding when the preponderance of the evidence (of efficacy, untoward side effects, and sequelae) is sufficient to warrant action. We all have our biases, and meta analyses help to average them out, but the influence of the “market” short cuts deliberation, introduces profit oriented bias, and undermines this art. And it threatens our professionalism. HIFA helps us commune together, interconnects us and serves as a nascent dike or levy against the floods of de professionalism!”

Nicholas Cunningham, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Pediatrics & Clinical Public Health, Columbia University, New York, USA

HIFA2015 members in the Western Pacific region

“I do appreciate HIFA. I have learned much thru the forum that has been useful in our work in the highlands of PNG – both for educating health care workers and educating our patients.”

Helen Doss, Paediatrician, Papua New Guinea, 8 March 2014

“PLoS has consistently collaborated with other organisations that have an interest in taking information ‘the last mile’. One shining example here is the HIFA2015 campaign, a phenomenally active advocacy and discussion forum of many groups and individuals in the health information chain, which has as its vision a world where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare knowledge.”

Virginia Barbour, Medicine Editorial Director, Public Library of Science PLoS, Australia, 3 December 2013

“Seeing just a sample of your mailing forwarded by a friend gave me already one perfect useful tip about VHW training which I shared with ten of my colleagues and employees who are into this field. The opportunity to find more helpful info I wouldn´t like to miss.”
Dietmar Schug, Village Health Worker training programme, Philippines, 27 September 2013

“I have benefited immensely from HIFA-Zambia as I have learnt so much from reading all the posts.”

Jennifer Rodger, Cancer Council New South Wales, Australia, 22 August 2013

“Thank you for maintaining my membership in HIFA2015. I am learning a lot from exchange of ideas and publications recommended through HIFA2015. This movement is truly Global. You are appreciated for the all the things that you are during for the health of the mothers and their children.”

Pura Flor D Isleta, medical professor, University of the Philippines, 19 June 2013

“I’ve been reading the daily digest and its very informative! I’m really thankful that I’ve joined this group. I sometimes use the success stories and practices that I’ve read as examples in the nursing class that I handle.”

Dennis G Amando, Research Coordinator, University of Southern Mindanao, Philippines, 10 August 2012

“Through HIFA2015 I have found colleagues with whom we can forge potential collaborations. Even as I write, one of my students at the University of Canterbury is engaged in conducting an important exploratory research on Telehealth care in Papua New Guinea. One of main contacts in PNG was identified through HIFA2015. This is likely to develop into a good project and I think HIFA2015 should be thanked for its role as a good source of networking.”

Arin Basu, Senior Lecturer in Health Sciences, University of Canterbury, New Zealand