HIFA Newsletter - February 2021

3 March, 2021

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HIFA: Campaigning for better access to reliable healthcare information

Dear friends and supporters of HIFA,

I would like to update you on what we have achieved thanks to your help and invite you to continue your support in 2021.

COVID-19 has of course been the dominant issue in 2020. Living through a pandemic brings close to home the importance of accurate health information and combatting the spread of misinformation. As Dr Tedros, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) said recently:

"To fight the pandemic we need trust and solidarity and where there is mistrust, there is much less solidarity. False information is hindering the response to the pandemic so we must join forces to fight it and to promote science-based public health advice."

HIFA is now collaborating with WHO to support worldwide efforts to maintain essential health services during COVID:


and with the University of Edinburgh on a second COVID-19 project to support global health communications to address the pandemic:


Some of HIFA's achievements in 2020

1. Our membership increased to more than 20,000 health workers and health information providers, sharing ideas and exchanging experience and expertise 24/7 in four languages

2. We published four papers in The British Medical Journal, including an editorial with BMJ editor-in-chief Fiona Godlee and a systematic review on the information needs of primary health workers

3. We expanded our collaboration with WHO with a view to apply to become a non-governmental organisation in official relations with WHO in 2021

4. We developed an ambitious 3-year plan (2021-3) to accelerate progress towards universal access to healthcare information in collaboration with the British Medical Association, World Medical Association and WHO

There is so much more that we could be doing but we are limited by our capacity and funding. HIFA continues to have only one professional staff. We urgently need more funding to increase our capacity and thereby increase our impact.

We are appealing for more people to become regular donors by giving monthly donations to HIFA. Hugh Goyder is a HIFA volunteer and has worked for Oxfam in India and Ethiopia as an international development specialist:

"I have been supporting HIFA for many years and I know that every pound I donate is making a real difference. HIFA uniquely brings together health workers and information providers to improve the availability and use of reliable healthcare information. The result is better health care, better health outcomes, and fewer deaths worldwide."

Please can you help us achieve our vision of universal access to reliable healthcare information?

Our personal donors typically support HIFA with monthly donations. Any amount you can afford will be gratefully received.

Payment options:

Paypal: http://www.hifa.org/support/donate


Direct bank transfer to: Healthcare Information For All (HIFA), Co-operative Bank, UK, Sort code: 08-92-99, Account number: 65873036

If you have any questions please contact me: neil@hifa.org

Thank you for your support,

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator

PS. Please forward this email to friends, family, colleagues or organisations who you feel might be interested in supporting the work of HIFA. Thank you.

PPS If you are unable to contribute financially, but would like to explore volunteer opportunities, please get in touch.