People are dying for lack of knowledge: how to quantify?

9 February, 2019

On the HIFA website we say:

"Every day thousands of children and adults die needlessly because they do not receive basic life-saving interventions - interventions that are often locally available but are simply not provided due to indecision, delays, misdiagnosis, and incorrect treatment. Many would still be alive today if those responsible for their care had access to basic healthcare information."

We would like to invite expressions of interest to help us 'unpack' this assertion and perhaps lead to more quantifiable statements on the contribution of "lack of healthcare information" or "lack of healthcare knowledge" (whether of individuals or health workers) to avoidable mortality and morbidity.

If you are interested to help, please email:

Many thanks, Neil

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