I am pleased to send a new editorial by Pranab and me in BMJ Global Health entitled "Going beyond access to health information: a pandemic call to action".
About a decade earlier we brought to attention that the lack of access to health information is 'a social injustice that the global health community cannot afford to ignore'. We had argued that governments are morally and legally obliged to ensure access to health information. In the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen significant investments from multinational agencies, governments, non-profits and private actors to disseminate health information. However, a narrow focus on providing access to health information alone, without any investment or thought on how information can be translated by people to meaningful health outcomes, is proving to be counterproductive.
The full Editorial (open access) is available at:
With best regards
Dr. Soumyadeep Bhaumik
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HIFA profile: Soumyadeep Bhaumik was the HIFA Country Representative of the Year for 2012, and is a medical doctor from India working in the field of evidence syntheses. He has previously worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the South Asian Cochrane Network and Centre, India and as a Biomedical Genomics Fellow in BioMedical Genomics Centre, Kolkata. He has also consulted for evidence synthesis projects for Evidence Aid, Oxford UK and Public Health Foundation of India.He currently studies international public health in the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. In addition he has experience in science and research communication and has written for British Medical Journal, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Lancet and Lancet Oncology and National Medical Journal of India. Soumyadeep is a member of the HIFA working group on Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice. http://www.hifa.org/projects/evidence-informed-policy-and-practice drsoumyadeepbhaumik AT gmail.com