Thank you to Joseph Ana for giving his thoughts and sharing his view of health system weaknesses. I echo his thought that if we (the HIFA membership) all put our minds to it, we can help shape current global health discussions.
Here is another question for the membership: are those who have poorest access to health information represented directly or indirectly here on HIFA - and if not, how can we make sure they are?
Also, how do we measure strength/weakness in access to health information? What are the indices for access to health information - do they exist ? And if so, are we all aware of them?
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
Email: naimareza AT hotmail.com