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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

HIFA Country Representative Soumyadeep Bhaumick presented a poster on 'Understanding Implementation Research: Case study from the HIFA virtual discussion forum' at the Global Evidence Summit in Cape Town, 13-16 September 2017, on behalf of the HIFA Working Group on Evidence-Informed Policy & Practice. 

The three main themes, as described by HIFA members, are:

1. There is confusion about IR, particularly in relation to similar approaches like quality improvement, operational research, knowledge translation and health-services research.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Join HIFA for a series of thoughtful discussions on how to meet the family planning and contraception (FP/C) information needs of the general public, healthcare providers, and policymakers in low- and middle-income countries, as ell as how to address harmful myths and misconceptions surrounding FP/C. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

HIFA Country Representative Jackeline Alger is giving a presentation about HIFA at the XIII Central American and Caribbean Meeting on Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, August 22 to 26, 2017, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She is also announcing the launch of HIFA-Spanish, which we aim to start later this year in collaboration with WHO, PAHO, and the Andalucian School of Public Health. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
From 15 May to 23 June 2017 the HIFA Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice working group supported a HIFA thematic discussion on Systematic Reviews, around five questions. 89 messages, from 36 contributors, were received. This 2-page narrative review summarizes the opinions expressed.
 
See below for the full (76p) and edited (22p) versions of the discussion, respectively:
Monday, August 14, 2017

Quote of the month: “We are convinced that the truth stops at what we have learned in our schools; we are afraid to empower communities and lose importance… we just prefer to study the community approach and talk about it. But we do not want to implement it.”
Simon Kabore (HIFA Member, Directeur Exécutif du Réseau Accès aux Médicaments Essentiels, Burkina Faso), translated from a posting on the HIFA-French forum

Monday, July 17, 2017

Quote of the month: "Asking the question 'What matters to you?' rather than 'What is the matter with you?' can be done in any healthcare setting. In fact healthcare will be more efficient if health care professionals take that approach. So much waste comes from making assumptions about what it is that people want and need" Daniel Munday, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Health Service Research, International Nepal Fellowship, Kathmandu, Nepal

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Join HIFA!

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? 

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