This is a great achievement to the HIFA family. The big dream and vision started in Mombasa Kenya in 2006 [launch of HIFA] continue to be realized through great efforts from members and our leadership.
Being a Health Information professional and having served in humanitarian response during devastating outbreaks e.g Ebola and SARS, I have realized that we face a challenge of misinformation during new outbreaks as is happening currently with COVID-19. This may be due to lack of proper strategies to utilize the information collected during these outbreaks or lack of access of this information to the public. There's a lot of drama going on globally on COVID-19 due to misinformation which could have been minimized by the lessons learnt from past outbreaks.
As health information professional, its important that we find a solution to this challenge using technology e.g social media to continue sharing the information and educating the public even after outbreaks are long gone.
HIFA profile: Beatrice Muraguri is a Health Information/Public Health Specialist with the Ministry of Health, Kenya. She previously worked as an Information Management Consultant with WHO on the Ebola Outbreak Response, Freetown, Sierra Leone. She is a HIFA Country Representative. http://www.hifa.org/support/members/beatrice bemura68 AT yahoo.com