WHO & HIFA need your help: Request for volunteers - Universal access to reliable healthcare information

27 February, 2023

Dear HIFA colleagues,

On behalf of the HIFA-WHO Collaboration Group [ https://www.hifa.org/projects/hifa-who-collaboration-plan ] and the HIFA Steering Group [ https://www.hifa.org/people/steering-group ], I would like to invite you to test our online draft survey: Universal access to reliable healthcare information. We are looking for 10 volunteers.

Why is this important? This survey is the critical first step in our collaboration with the World Health Organization to accelerate progress towards universal access to reliable healthcare information. In January 2022 HIFA/Global Healthcare Information Network became a Non-State Actor in Official Relations with WHO, and we are committed to deliver an ambitious 3-year Collaboration Plan. The plan consists of ten activities that are being implemented by a HIFA-WHO Collaboration Group. The results of the consultation will be submitted to WHO as a report by the end of 2023 and will guide the next steps in our collaboration.

The survey, which we estimate should take about 10 minutes to complete, is now ready to be tested by volunteers and we shall use their feedback to develop the final version for public release in May 2023. It is very important that the final, public version of the survey asks the right questions and is clear and readily understood - this is where we need help from volunteer testers!

How will the testing work?

1. We invite all those who are interested to email me by FRIDAY 3rd MARCH.

2. The HIFA-WHO Group will review nominations and select around 10 people, taking into account diversity of geography and stakeholder groups.

3. The schedule for testing will start with a short online meeting (30-60 minutes) for all volunteers and HIFA-WHO representatives, on or around Monday 13 March. Volunteers will then complete the survey in their own time. We shall then reconvene for a second online meeting (30-60 minutes) to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the survey and how these can be improved to develop a final, public version.

4. With your permission, volunteers will be acknowledged in the final report to WHO.

Thank you so much for your support,

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, Global HIFA Coordinator

Note: The budget for Activity #1 is $15k, for which we currently have $2k from unrestricted funds (HIFA supporting organisations and personal donations) and $1.8k from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (UK). If you or your oganisation would like to consider a contribution (financial or technical), please contact me for details: neil@hifa.org

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