HIFA Blog: Month in review, January 2020 - "Global health is public health somewhere else"

11 March, 2020

Dear HIFA Colleagues

I am delighted to share the January 2020 instalment of the HIFA Blog with you:


In January, HIFA members considered a new definition of 'global health', proposed by the authors of a BMJ Global Health Commentary. The aim was to more clearly distinguish between 'global health' and 'public health', and the result features in the title of this month's blog. However, discussions on the HIFA Forum revealed the concerns of HIFA members about the suitability of the new definition, with some questioning whether it was really needed.

With thanks to the following HIFA members whose contributions appear in this month's blog: Joseph Ana, Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety, Nigeria; Enku Kebede-Francis, Advisor in global health governance, USA; Armand Nkwescheu, Public Health Consultant, Cameroon Society of Epidemiology; Mirjana Radovanovic, Prim. Doctor specializing in Pediatrics and Public Health at the Stari Grad Health Centre and Red Cross of Serbia; Chris Zielinski, Leader, Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme, University of Winchester.

Metrics: In January 2020 HIFA (English) exchanged 170 messages from 70 contributors in 29 countries (Argentina, Cameroon, Canada, Germany, Honduras, India, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Mozambique, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia, Zimbabwe). Our top contributors were Joseph Ana, Nigeria (11) and Chris Zielinski, UK (6). Thank you all for sharing your views and your experience.

As always, please share any suggestions, ideas or comments for the HIFA Blog on the HIFA forum. Alternatively, send me an email: martinmichaelcarroll(at)icloud(dot)com

Thanks very much and I hope you enjoy this month's instalment!

Martin Carroll

Independent Consultant

Healthcare Information For All


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HIFA profile: Martin Carroll has worked on issues affecting health in LMICs for over fifteen years. Whilst at the British Medical Association, he led a major project, funded by DfID, to develop the organisation's role as a leading advocate for improving health in LMICs, which it continues to hold today. He has worked with HIFA since 2008 and is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the following HIFA Working Groups: Fundraising, Multilingualism and Social Media. He is also the author of the monthly HIFA Blog. martinmichaelcarroll(at)iCloud(dot)com Twitter: @MMCarroll Website: martinmcarroll(dot)com