Failure to access and apply healthcare information is a leading cause of human suffering and death worldwide. Lack of reliable healthcare information contributes to tens of thousands of avoidable deaths every day worldwide, across all areas of health care, from home to hospital. Life-saving interventions such as increased fluids for child diarrhoea and amoxicillin for child pneumonia are often locally available, but are simply not provided in time because of lack of healthcare information. In India, for example, three in five mothers wrongly believe they should withhold fluids if their child develops diarrhoea, thereby inadvertently increasing the risk of death from dehydration - contributing to hundreds of avoidable deaths every day in India alone.
The HIFA Vision:
A world where every person will have access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of those for whom they are responsible
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“Healthcare Information For All is an ambitious goal but it can be achieved if all stakeholders work together.”
World Health Organization