HIFA Blog: Month in Review, July/Aug 2020 - "Simply getting people online will NOT solve the world's information problems”

10 September, 2020

Dear HIFA members 

The latest instalment of the HIFA Blog is now available:


During July and August, HIFA members considered new recommendations from WHO and the Lancet to deal with the spread of misinformation about COVID-19. The HIFA Blog also reports on an initiative led by Chibuike Alagboso (HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2019), focusing on the potential role of journalists in changing Nigerian perceptions of coronavirus.

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 in Calabar, Nigeria; Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA coordinator, Chris Zielinski, Leader, Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme, University of Winchester.

Metrics: In July and August 2020 HIFA (English) exchanged 293 messages from 92 contributors in 24 countries (Bangladesh, Cameroon, China, Congo-Brazzaville, DR Congo, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia, Zimbabwe). Our top contributors were Chris Zielinski, UK (19), Joseph Ana, Nigeria (18), and Richard Fitton, UK (14). 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

Best wishes

Martin Carroll

Independent Consultant

Healthcare Information for All


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HIFA profile: Martin Carroll was previously Head of the International Department at the British Medical Association, London UK, and has worked on issues affecting health in LMICs since 2003. He represented the BMA on the HIFA Steering Group from 2008-16 and is now an independent adviser to the group. martin_c63 AT hotmail.com