Health On the Net Foundation 'permanently discontinued' (2)

12 March, 2023

It’s a dark day for those who look for independent criteria for judging the quality of health and medical information on the Internet. It is a dark day because the rich democracies and countries have no problem in paying the heavy price of wars and killing people but demonstrate greed and misery when it comes to a noble cause regarding the quality of information on the Internet. It shows how bad judgment can be overwhelming and the deliberate act by those who have the money to kill not only by providing bad quality information but also by not providing money to run an organization that uses criteria for good quality information. This organization has been doing excellent job in multiple languages with minimum number of people. Celia Boyer told me over a year ago that there might be complete closure of the Health on Net due to lack of funding. I did not take that bad news seriously thinking, stupidly, that the world will not let a fantastic project go. Shame of the world.

Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, PhD, IAHSI

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Director, Knowledge, Ethics and Research WHO/HQ (Retired)

e-Marefa Advisor

President, Jordan Library and Information Association

President, eHealth Development Association, Jordan

President, Middle East and North Africa Association of Health Informatics

IMIA Vice-President for MEDINFO 2023

Visiting Professor, Ain Shams University, Egypt

Member of the International Academy of Pubic Health Scientific Council

Editorial Board Member, Arab Board Medical Journal

ORCID ID 0000-0003-3843-8430

HIFA Profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA Working Group on Multilingualism. Email: shorbajin AT