Yes, I think several professional bodies are now supporting HIFA - but perhaps a more comprehensive/strategic approach is needed in getting them "on board"?
Likewise, the number of supporting organisations has increased steadily thanks to HIFA Members, Country Reps, and the efforts of volunteer Clare Watts and Neil P-W.
An annual target for country reps is an interesting idea - if any are following this discussion, perhaps they could add their own thoughts on this?
You mention donors and funders - and this is an obvious group that HIFA could build closer relationships with.
A thematic discussion might be interesting to pursue. I'm sure the HIFA fundraising working group are following this discussion thread and will follow up as they see best.
HIFA profile: Julie N Reza is a UK-based specialist in communications for biosciences, global health & international development (www.globalbiomedia.co.uk). She predominantly works with NGOs and not-for-profit organisations. Previously she was the senior science editor at TDR, based at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva; prior to this she worked at the Wellcome Trust, UK, leading educational projects on international health topics including trypanosomiasis and trachoma. She has a PhD in immunology and a specialist degree in science communication. She also has several years research and postgraduate teaching experience. She is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and HIFA Social Media Working Group. www.hifa.org/people/steering-group
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