Global health communities of practice (CoPs)

12 October, 2023

Dear HIFA colleagues,

I would like to ask your help to identify any global health communities of practice (CoPs).

CoPs are groups of people who share an interest in a topic and share their experience and expertise with each other. HIFA is an example of a CoP. Synonyms include 'discussion forums' and 'listservs' (although some of the latter do not support interaction and are therefore not CoPs). The CoPs we are interested in are inclusive - anyone can take part. CoPs might be using big social media channels such as Facebook or LinkedIn, or they might be independent.

Over the past few years HIFA co-led the development of a directory of global health CoPs which you can see here:

I am sure there are many other CoPs for us to learn about.

Are you a member of a CoP other than HIFA? Please let us know about them and we'll get in touch to explore possibilities for collaboration.

With thanks, Neil

HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of HIFA (Healthcare Information For All), a global health community that brings all stakeholders together around the shared goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information. HIFA has 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting in four languages and representing all parts of the global evidence ecosystem. HIFA is administered by Global Healthcare Information Network, a UK-based nonprofit in official relations with the World Health Organization. Email: