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How does HIFA work? Using the Dgroups platform to support a community of purpose

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
HIFA participated in a webinar organized in partnership between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Dgroups, a non-profit partnership of UN agencies, bilateral agencies and NGOs that supports 700 communities of practice for international development (including the HIFA forums). HIFA coordinator Neil Pakenham-Walsh presented the work that HIFA does and why Dgroups is a cornerstone of its success

HIFA Country Representative of the Year, Gladys Dadzie on Ghana Television

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018
HIFA's current Country Representative of the Year, Gladys Dadzie, has been on Ghana Television to talk about HIFA and the importance of healthcare information for all. She talked in particular about health and sports: "I think HIFA can bring up a new project to merge health information in sports and prevention of injuries". Gladys also runs the national organisation Your Health Matters Ghana. Join HIFA

Call for volunteers: Systematic review on how primary healthcare workers in LMICs obtain information for prescribing

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
HIFA is collaborating with researchers from Nagasaki University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to conduct a systematic review to learn about how primary healthcare workers in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) obtain information during consultations to aid prescribing. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help identify interventional or observational studies of regarding use of healthcare information tools or aids during consultations, focusing on primary healthcare workers in LMIC settings.

New publication: HIFA in 2017: The Year in Review and Objectives for 2018

Date: Sunday, May 13, 2018
We are delighted to announce the publication of HIFA in 2017: The Year in Review and Objectives for 2018. Read how we:

Jennifer Kizza and David Musoke bring HIFA to Makerere University, Uganda

Date: Monday, May 7, 2018
My name is Jennifer Kizza and I began working as a Desk Officer for Healthcare Information For All (HIFA) in March of 2017. As a Desk Officer, I assist HIFA with tasks such as membership recruitment, financial support, and collaborations with other organizations. On April 24th 2018, Dr. David Musoke (Lecturer and Researcher at Makerere University School of Public Health – MakSPH) and I gave a presentation about HIFA at MakSPH in Kampala, Uganda. I have to extend many thanks to Dr.

HIFA Blog: Month in review, March 2018 - Tramadol

Date: Monday, April 30, 2018
Quote of the month: “They are dying from overdosage. Am told they take it to be "high". Some go to the extent of combining it with weed to enable them last longer during sex.” Eben Afarikumah (HIFA Country Representative, Ghana)

Gladys Dadzie represents HIFA at International Nursing Leadership Conference, Lagos

Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Our congratulations to Gladys Dadzie who represented HIFA and her organisation Your Health Matters Ghana at the International Nursing Leadership Conference, held in Lagos, Nigeria from 23rd to 27th April 2018. She is now a Nurse Leader, a prestigious accolade on the international front which empowers nurses to break international barriers in their quest to provide Health Services. 

HIFA marks World Health Day with call to target and track progress on universal access to essential healthcare information

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
The theme of World Health Day 2018 is Universal Health Coverage (UHC): Building a future where all people obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship.

What do we mean by evidence-informed humanitarian action?

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Note: This blog includes personal views of the HIFA moderator, Neil Pakenham-Walsh, and is intended to provoke further exploration of the subject. Join HIFA to engage in the discussion. What do we mean by evidence-informed humanitarian action (preparedness and response)? What kind of evidence do humanitarians need, and why? How can humanitarians access and use evidence more effectively?

HIFA Blog: Month in review, February 2018 - Pros and cons of Traditional Medicine

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Quote of the month: “I attended a public lecture today to mark World Cancer Day: two university academics differed on the question of the causes of cancer, particularly whether cancer can be caused by 'evil spirits' - one was categoric that there is no such causality whilst the other said there is!... So long as such ambivalence remains, the public will continue to delay their access to evidence proven health service by going to [unproven] traditional medicine practitioners.” Joseph Ana, HIFA Member, Nigeria

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