Universal Health Coverage Day - Leave no one's health behind, 12 December 2021 (2) Healthcare information for all and UHC

8 December, 2021

Thanks for this reminder Neil.

Two other websites with information about Universal Health Coverage Day are at:




The Covid pandemic has heightened awareness of the importance of reliable information - and the harmful effects of misinformation - in health. Nevertheless the vital role of wide access to reliable, relevant, healthcare information for achieving UHC remans under-recognised. UHC day provides another opportunity to project this message, for example by mentioning the HIFA paper in BMJ Global Health 'Universal access to essential health information: accelerating progress towards universal health coverage and other SDG health targets' ( https://gh.bmj.com/content/5/5/e002475 ) . (This paper has now been downloaded nearly 2300 times!)

Best regards

HIFA profile: Geoff Royston is an Independent Health Analyst and Researcher, former Head of Strategic Analysis and Operational Research in the Department of Health for England, and Past President of the UK Operational Research Society. His work has focused on informing the design, implementation and evaluation of policies and programmes in health and social care, and on fostering the capabilities of others to work in these areas. Associated activities have included modelling for understanding the performance of complex systems, analysis and communication of risk, and horizon scanning and futures thinking. He has also worked on information and communication technology in the health sector, notably in leading the design and national launch of the telephone and online health information and advice service NHS Direct. He has served on both scientific and medical UK Research Council panels, and as an impact assessor for the UK higher education Research Excellence Framework. He is a member of the editorial board for the journal Health Care Management Science and in 2012 was Guest Editor for its special issue on Global Health. He has been a consultant for the World Health Organisation, is a long standing member of the EURO Working Group on Operational Research Applied to Health Services, and is an expert adviser to the mHIFA (mobile Healthcare Information for All) programme. http://www.hifa.org/projects/mobile-hifa-mhifa He is also a member of the main HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Evaluating the Impact of Healthcare Information.


geoff.royston AT gmail.com