"In a global health crisis, the world is only as strong as its weakest health system." Where is ACCESS to HEALTH INFORMATION weakest?

21 May, 2020

Dear Neil & colleagues,

I was struck by a phrase I noticed on the WHO website today: "In a global health crisis, the world is only as strong as its weakest health system." (in the "What is WHO doing to fight COVID-19" section of this page: https://www.who.int/about/governance/world-health-assembly/seventy-third...

This made me think - where in the world is ACCESS to HEALTH INFORMATION weakest? And which groups have poorest access to health information?

HIFA has around 20,000 members in the world, in 180 countries. I would invite members, wherever they're based and whatever their role, to share their views with others through this forum.

There is a need to address the weakest "health information" link. How can HIFA help?

Best wishes

Julie

HIFA profile: Julie N Reza is a UK-based specialist in communications for biosciences, global health & international development (www.globalbiomedia.co.uk). She predominantly works with NGOs and not-for-profit organisations. Previously she was the senior science editor at TDR, based at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva; prior to this she worked at the Wellcome Trust, UK, leading educational projects on international health topics including trypanosomiasis and trachoma. She has a PhD in immunology and a specialist degree in science communication. She also has several years research and postgraduate teaching experience. She is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and HIFA Social Media Working Group. www.hifa.org/people/steering-group

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Email: naimareza AT hotmail.com