HIFA Blog: Month in Review, May 2020 - More on Coronavirus and the cancer of misinformation

17 June, 2020

Dear HIFA Colleagues

I am delighted to share the latest instalment of the HIFA Blog:


During May, HIFA members continued to highlight the impact of misinformation and fake news on efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, including the role of Presidents and policymakers. The impact of digital health inequality was also explored: how can we ensure that citizens are well-informed about coronavirus when 40% of the world's population isn't online? More importantly, if you are online, does that mean that you're well informed? These were among the issues discussed in a recent thematic discussion, hosted on the HIFA forum. A summary is now available, along with a webinar, hosted by Bob Gann, independent consultant specialising in digital inclusion. Bob is also a member of the HIFA Working Group on Library and Information Services.

With thanks to the following HIFA members whose contributions appear in this month’s blog: Joseph Ana, Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria; Kenny Garmendia, medical doctor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras; Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA coordinator.

Thanks as always to our HIFA Blog Editor, Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh (HIFA coordinator), for his help in putting this together.

Metrics: In May 2020 HIFA (English) exchanged 237 messages from 97 contributors in 27 countries (Austria, Canada, Congo-Brazzaville, Croatia, Germany, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Tanzania, UAE, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia). Our top contributors were Joseph Ana, Nigeria (20) and Julie N Reza, UK (16). Thank you all for sharing your views and your experience.

As always, please share any suggestions, ideas or comments for the HIFA Blog on the HIFA forum. Alternatively, send me an email: martinmichaelcarroll (at) icloud (dot) com

Best wishes


Martin Carroll

Independent Consultant

Healthcare Information For All


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HIFA profile: Martin Carroll has worked on issues affecting health in LMICs for over fifteen years. Whilst at the British Medical Association, he led a major project, funded by DfID, to develop the organisation's role as a leading advocate for improving health in LMICs, which it continues to hold today. He has worked with HIFA since 2008 and is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the following HIFA Working Groups: Fundraising, Multilingualism and Social Media. He is also the author of the monthly HIFA Blog. martinmichaelcarroll(at)iCloud(dot)com Twitter: @MMCarroll Website: martinmcarroll(dot)com