Global Digital Health Forum 2017 and Mobile Healthcare Information For All

13 December, 2017

Dear all,

Were you fortunate enough to attend the recent Global Digital Health Forum? Please do share your reflections on the event, particularly in relation to the HIFA remit. Are you more (or less) optimistic that good progress is being made towards a world where every person and every health worker has access to the information they need to protect their own health and the health of others?

What did you learn that gave you cause for optimism? What programmes/activities are making a difference?

The HIFA Project on Mobile Healthcare Information For All published a blog for the Forum, where we emphasise:

***Universal Access to Healthcare Information is a prerequisite for Universal Health Coverage - and is readily achievable thanks to mobile phones***

Examples of such information include the Red Cross app, Hesperian and HealthPhone (and others). But currently their penetration is minimal.

We look forward to work with others to make such information available on *all/most* mobile phones within the next 2-3 years.

If you support this objective, please retweet:

Thank you, Neil

Coordinator, mHIFA Project (Mobile Healthcare Information For All)

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is the coordinator of the HIFA campaign (Healthcare Information For All - ) and current chair of the Dgroups Foundation (, which supports 700 communities of practice for international development, social justice and global health. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: