Universal access to reliable healthcare information: A global consultation

30 June, 2023

Dear HIFA colleagues,

HIFA is launching a global consultation/survey on 21st August 2023! It is really important that we have a *huge* response in order to demonstrate wide support for the goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information. We shall need at least 1000 responses - and ideally many more - to secure the support we need to accelerate progress in 2024 and beyond, in official relations with WHO.

Between now and 21 August we want to (a) welcome hundreds of new HIFA members onto the HIFA forums; and (b) build expectation towards the launch on 21 August.

Over the coming days we want to ask *everyone* to help us publicise the survey!

1. All HIFA members: please retweet or forward the following text to your contacts and networks:

Global survey launches 21 August in official relations with @WHO Take the first step towards universal access to reliable healthcare information. Join HIFA today to make your voice heard! #healthinfo4all @NIHRResearch @ElsFoundation http://hifa.org/joinhifa


The HIFA survey opens in 52 days in official relations with WHO. Join HIFA today to

2. All HIFA supporting organisations: Please contact me if you can help publicise the survey. You choose how you may like to do this (eg via your website, e-newsletter, or social media). Contact neil@hifa.org to discuss next steps

3. All HIFA Country Representatives: Please help to ensure a massive response in your country. Contact neil@hifa.org

The survey will be complemented by thematic discussions here on the HIFA forums in the four HIFA languages (English, French, Portuguese, Spanish).

The consultation is facilitated by a working group representing HIFA, WHO, The Lancet, BMJ and other leading organisations. See our dedicated web page:


Best wishes, Neil

On behalf of the HIFA-WHO Collaboration Working Group

HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of HIFA (Healthcare Information For All), a global health community that brings all stakeholders together around the shared goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information. HIFA has 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting in four languages and representing all parts of the global evidence ecosystem. HIFA is administered by Global Healthcare Information Network, a UK-based nonprofit in official relations with the World Health Organization. Email: neil@hifa.org