Geneva Health Forum Roundtable: How can we improve the availability and use of health research information in LMICs?

30 January, 2020

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Definition: 'Health research information' here refers primarily (but not exclusively) to peer-reviewed research papers, as typically published in journals.

The HIFA Access to Health Research project is planning a Roundtable at the Geneva Health Forum, 24th March 2020, on the theme What next steps are needed to improve the availability and use of health research information in LMICs? We invite all HIFA members to share your experience and expertise in relation to the following questions:

1. Increasing the availability and use of quality health research information is fundamental to the successful attainment of global health and progressive realization of the right to health. Who needs access and why? What is our vision of access to and use of health research information in LMICs in 2030?

2. What steps are needed to promote open access (for publishers, researchers and users in LMICs)?

3. What steps are needed to address the challenges of open access (for publishers, researchers and users in LMICs)?

4. What other steps (other than open access) are needed to increase the availability and use of health research information?

5. How shall we take this forward? (eg through a Statement/Declaration).

Please email any thoughts on any of the above questions to: hifa@hifaforums.org

This Roundtable is coordinated by HIFA steering group members Neil Pakenham-Walsh and Joseph Ana, together with the HIFA Access to Health Research working group. HIFA is grateful to The Lancet and Elsevier for their ongoing support of the HIFA Access to Health Research project.

HIFA is also involved in two other Roundtables at the Geneva Health Forum (more info to follow when available):

25 March: Libraries and the Health of Billions (Kimberly Parker and HIFA sg member Ian Roberts)

26 March: How can multilingualism contribute to achieving Universal Health Coverage? (HIFA sg members Isabelle Wachsmuth and Najeeb Al-Shorbaji)

Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, HIFA Project on Access to Health Research - Supported by The Lancet and Elsevier

http://www.hifa.org/working-groups/access-health-research

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 19,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org