Sunday, July 9, 2017

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Tsunamis, earthquakes; terrorism; biological, chemical or nuclear warfare; disease outbreaks, global pandemics, antimicrobial resistance... The health impact of national and global emergencies depends largely on the degree to which individuals, communities, nations and supranational bodies are adequately informed. To what extent are current Library and Information Services (LIS) meeting the information needs of different user groups in different contexts? Where are the gaps and what are the priorities for future action? 

HIFA Annual Review for 2016
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Please find here our HIFA Annual Review for 2016.  Thank you to everyone for making this such a successful year!


  • Membership increased to over 16,000 in 176 countries
  • 100s of global health discussions in 3 languages (En,Fr,Pt)
  • Launch of new website:
  • Collaboration with WHO to implement HIFA in all UN languages

3 new HIFA Projects: 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Traditional Birth Attendants

Quote of the month: "It's like forbidding a hospital attendant from applying first aid to victims of a road traffic accident” (Joseph Ana, Nigeria, quoting Shima Gyoh, professor of surgery at Benue State University, Nigeria)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Community Health Workers feel unrecognised and undervalued by community leaders and health professionals. This was the central message from a major thematic discussion held on the HIFA forums and sponsored by The Lancet, Reachout Project/Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, World Vision International and USAID Assist Project.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Author: Soumyadeep Bhaumik is a member of the Working Group on Evidence-Informed Policy & Practice, Healthcare Information for All. He is a medical doctor working in the field of evidence syntheses and program evaluation in India. Twitter : @DrSoumyadeepB

Sunday, May 14, 2017

During 2015 and 2016 the HIFA Project on Access to Health Research supported a series of thematic discussions on the HIFA forums on a wide range of questions.


The project working group has now reviewed the outputs of these discussions with a view to taking forward specific issues through advocacy and action.

The following seven issues are highlighted for your comments and suggestions on ways forward:

1. "Most research is wasted because it is never published"

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Thank you to HIFA members who report they are not receiving Daily digests on HIFA. Our technical lead is investigating and we hope to have this resolved within 48 hours. Distribution of individual HIFA messages is not affected. 

To change email notification preferences, log in to HIFA Dgroups platform click on the profile menu and open Preferences dialog, and then click on Edit preferences for this community only link on the bottom of the dialog.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

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What are systematic reviews? Why are they important? What are their strengths and weaknesess? How can systematic reviews and local research be used more effectively to support evidence-informed policy and practice in low- and middle-income countries?


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