Calling all HIFA members: HIFA invites your support in 2022

17 December, 2021

Dear HIFA colleagues,

On behalf of HIFA, I would like to update you on what we have achieved this year and share our plans for 2022 and beyond.

COVID-19 has highlighted the urgent need to accelerate progress towards universal access to reliable healthcare information. Never before has everyone been so aware of the need for reliable healthcare information, and yet so vulnerable to misinformation.

2021 has been a tremendous year for HIFA, thanks to the solidarity of our members and volunteers, and your willingness to share your experience and expertise. Key achievements in 2021 have included:

1. The continued growth of our 6 global health discussion forums, with more than 20,000 professionals in 180 countries interacting in four languages

2. We have hosted (and continue to host) a series of in-depth discussions on COVID-19 (1,300 substantive messages exchanged, sponsored by the Global Health Academy at the University of Edinburgh); Maintaining essential health services during COVID-19 (sponsored by WHO); and Learning for quality health services (also sponsored by WHO), leading to a series of publications on the HIFA and WHO websites

3. We have applied to become a Non-Governmental Organisation in Official Relations with the World Health Organization.

Our priority for 2022 is to implement the HIFA Strategy 2022-2024: Accelerating progress towards universal access to reliable healthcare information.

The new Strategy builds on 15 years of solid growth and achievements, including most recently a Statement from the World Medical Association in support of healthcare information for all, representing more than 10 million doctors worldwide. Over the next 3 years we are committed to seven strategic shifts that are necessary to accelerate progress: convene stakeholders; strengthen collaboration with the World Health Organization; promote multilingualism; identify and address priority issues; harness collective intelligence; strengthen advocacy; and protect from misinformation. Please share widely with your contacts and networks.

A substantial part of our income comes directly from personal donations from our members. Please consider if you, or your organisation, can make a contribution - however small - to help us implement the Strategy.

You can choose to make an unrestricted donation or you can sponsor HIFA to undertake a specific project that helps meet your organisation's objectives (as with the Global Health Academy and WHO, above). Your contribution will be recognised by the global health community through our forums, website and publications. Of course, if you prefer to remain anonymous, this is fine.

Payment options

1. Paypal:


2. Direct bank transfer to: Healthcare Information For All (HIFA), Co-operative Bank, UK,

Sort code: 08-92-99, Account number: 65873036, IBAN: GB36 CPBK 089299 65873036

(Standing orders are especially welcome)

If you have any questions or would like to discuss possibilities for support and/or collaboration, please contact me:

Thank you for your continuing support and we look forward to work with you to accelerate progress towards a world where every person has access to the reliable healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of others.

Best wishes,


Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh MB,BS

HIFA Coordinator

Co-director, Global Healthcare Information Network

Corner House, Market St

Charlbury, Oxfordshire OX7 3PN, UK


T: +44 (0)1608 811899 W:


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