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Call for expressions of interest: HIFA, WHO and PAHO seek a new operational partner for HIFA-Spanish

Date: Thursday, November 11, 2021
(Español abajo)  Global Healthcare Information Network (GHI-Net), World Health Organization (WHO), and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) seek a new operational partner to further develop HIFA-Spanish.  Start date: February 2022 (flexible) About HIFA-Spanish

A new HIFA thematic discussion: Maintaining essential health services during the pandemic: What have we learned? Starts 15 November 2021

Date: Monday, November 8, 2021
We can now look back on 12-18 months of experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some countries have now entered a recovery phase with relatively few new cases and deaths (at least for now). Other countries continue to be facing heavy caseloads. Almost ever country has been affected and we have seen that essential health services - reproductive health, child health, mental health, non-communicable disease, surgery - have been severely disrupted in many ways.

Press release: Healthcare Information For All (HIFA) launches new strategy to accelerate progress towards universal access to reliable healthcare information

Date: Monday, October 25, 2021
COVID-19 has underlined the urgent need to accelerate progress towards universal access to reliable healthcare information. Never before has everyone been so aware of the need for reliable healthcare information, and yet so vulnerable to misinformation.

Learning for quality health services: A new thematic discussion on HIFA

Date: Monday, June 21, 2021
We are delighted to announce a new thematic discussion on the HIFA forums - Learning for quality health services - supported by the WHO Global Learning Laboratory (GLL) for Quality UHC. 

HIFA: Maintaining essential health services during the pandemic: Deep dive, 10 May-25 June 2021

Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Starting on 10 May HIFA is hosting a 'deep-dive' exploration on how to maintain essential health services: reproductive health, child health, mental health, non-communicable diseases, surgery, emergency care. Throughout we shall include a focus on vulnerable people as well as the general population. These explorations will unfold week by week over 6 weeks, guided by an expert working group of representatives of WHO and other organisations. The work is supported by WHO.

HIFA announces coordination team for Country Representatives

Date: Saturday, April 3, 2021
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Call for working group members: Learning for quality health services

Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Quality of health services is critical to achieving universal health coverage (UHC). Overall, between 5.7 and 8.4 million deaths are attributed to poor quality care each year in low- and middle-income countries, accounting for up to 15% of overall deaths in these countries. Improving access to health services must go hand-in-hand with improving the quality of these services. Further, poor quality health services - particularly unsafe care - can decrease people's trust in the health system.

Tomislav Mestrovic (Croatia): HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2020

Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021
The HIFA Steering Group is delighted to announce the winners of our HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2020 awards. First we would like to say how grateful we are to all our 266 Country Representatives for their invaluable volunteer work for HIFA. The overall winner is: Tomislav Mestrovic (Croatia). Congratulations Tomislav!  See the 3-minute HIFA YouTube video where Tomislav shares his experience.

New HIFA project to promote sharing of experience and expertise around the maintenance of essential health services during (and after) the pandemic

Date: Sunday, November 8, 2020
HIFA has launched a series of thematic discussions to promote cross country learning on the maintenance of essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, supported by the World Health Organization. We are holding a 4-week discussion in 4 languages, on the HIFA forums, starting 16 November 2020. 

HIFA Blog: Month in Review, July/August 2020 - “Simply getting people online will NOT solve the world's information problems”

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Quote of the month: “WHO's new public information video to combat the infodemic concludes with the message: 'Spend less time online'. This is a resounding recognition of the fact that simply getting people online will NOT solve the world's information problems. Far from it: connectivity gives fuel to misinformation.” Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator

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