WHO Director-General: "People must have access to accurate information to protect themselves and others" (5) HIFA

12 February, 2020

Dear Shiva,

Thank you for writing and raising the point.

"Health promotion for quality KABP targeted at individuals, families, communities and public" and "Health information for quality KABP targeted at health workers, health facilities and public health disease control programs."

I agree with you that it is a good and sought solution. You also said it yourself about HIFA; which is already a WHO initiative [*1 see note below]. Don`t you think we are on track with HIFA? [*2]

As for me, it is just about to encourage colleagues to join HIFA and access quality health promotion and health infomation for KABP.

Best.

Dr.Armand NKWESCHEU,MD,MPH.

Epidemiologist & Public Health Consultant - Cameroon Society of Epidemiology- CaSE

Yaounde, Cameroon.

"You cannot win a race focusing on the distance covered but on what lies ahead"

HIFA profile: Armand Seraphin Nkwescheu is a Public Health Consultant at the Cameroon Society of Epidemiology. Professional interests: Road traffic injury, Neglected Tropical Diseases with emphasis on snakebites and envenoming, Non communicable Diseases, Health systems and Development Evaluation. nkwesch AT yahoo.com

[*Notes from HIFA moderator (Neil PW):

1. To clarify, WHO is HIFA's main strategic partner. The rationale for HIFA is based on an internal WHO commission that was published in short form in The Lancet 2004 [https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(04)16681-6/fulltext]. HIFA was launched with a letter of support from WHO in 2006 and we have strengthened our collaboration every year since then. The HIFA Steering Group includes 3 WHO staff members, 2 recent WHO retirees and a WHO consultant. WHO are staff are also active across our 12 HIFA projects http://www.hifa.org/projects .

2. The challenge of improving the availability and use of healthcare information (with a focus on LMICs, where the needs are greatest) urgently needs better communication, understanding and advocacy, and this is HIFA's raison d'etre. The reality, however, is that HIFA is severely limited by lack of capacity. We have only ONE professional staff (me), working 6-7 days a week. We are able to achieve what we do thanks to the generosity of our many volunteers worldwide, including technical support from WHO and our 400 supporting organisations. *IF* we can identify additional funding (we need just $50k per year) to increase our staff capacity, we are poised for a step-change in growth and development, particularly in relation to our Strategic Plan priorities:

1. new HIFA forums in other languages

2. strengthening of collaboration with WHO (including application to enter into 'NGO in official relations' status)

3. increasing the number of active Projects

4. continued growth of the HIFA community and support base (Country Representatives and Supporting Organizations)

5. relaunching the HIFA Voices database (HIFA Voices 2.0)

6. leveraging HIFA social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube) and HIFA website to strengthen our advocacy.

The HIFA Steering Group is next meeting on 4 March 2020 and we welcome your suggestions and ideas.]