Many thanks for your posting. How this development will affect access to health information is quite complicated to evaluate but I'll be very interested to hear from Neil and other HIFA members. It does seem clear that the focus on international development will be diluted and UK aid is going to be more closely linked to the UK's political and commercial objectives. On the face of it, this development seems like a retrograde step but I'm eager to hear all sides of the argument.
Best wishes, Len
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HIFA profile: Len Cornish is a biomedical engineer. He worked as a volunteer with the Hong Kong Oxfam Group/OXFAM HONG KONG from 1975 to 1992 (while he was an Electronics Engineer at The University of Hong Kong working with all faculties including the Medical & Dental Faculties). From 1993-2000 he worked with ECHO International Health Services Limited in the UK, a not-for-profit supplier of medical equipment & consumables, pharmaceuticals and technical support to developing countries. In 2000 he set up his own small consultancy Global Healthcare Projects providing advice/support on the management of healthcare technology. Through The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), UK he has been involved in: a) Organising 2-yearly international seminars and conferences on "Appropriate Healthcare Technologies for Developing Countries" and b) Helping the IET to set up web pages on "Resources on Appropriate Healthcare Technologies for the Developing World". http://www.theiet.org/aht LenCornish AT aol.com