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HIFA Blog: Month in review, January 2018 - Traditional Medicine and Universal Health Coverage

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Quote of the month: “The main challenge remains the uncompleted effort to properly define what traditional medicine is, where it starts and stops, codifying the huge armamentorium of herbs / medicines, and how it relates to newer terminology like 'alternative medicine', 'complementary medicine', 'herbal medicine / herbalists', 'Native doctor', etc, etc.” Joseph Ana, HIFA Member, Nigeria

HIFA Blog: Month in review, December 2017 - Too much information?

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Quote of the month: “Information overload is a grim reality making it increasingly difficult for individuals to filter out applicable know-how from the mass of available information” John Miescher, HIFA Member, Switzerland

How can we improve the care of small and sick newborns in low- and middle-income countries? Highlights of Discussion 1 (2017)

Date: Friday, February 16, 2018
We recently held the first in a series of three online thematic discussions surrounding newborn care, hosted by CHIFA; please see our introduction article here for more information.   

Announcement: HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2017

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
We are delighted to announce that Gladys Dadzie (HIFA Country Representative for Ghana, pictured) has been selected as HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2017 for her energetic presence in promoting HIFA's vision throughout the year conducting different events and activities in Ghana.   

HIFA CR Poorva Patil presents HIFA at IBP Consortium, Delhi

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Our thanks to HIFA Country Representative Poorva Patil for presenting HIFA and Family Planning at the IBP Regional Meeting, New Delhi, today. 
Photo credit: Syane Luntangan

Join CHIFA for a global discussion on Newborn Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Who is caring for the newborn? When? 19 February to 30 March 2018  How do I join? Join CHIFA here today!

Using WhatsApp to connect Community Health Workers in Uganda with the global HIFA community

Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Carol Namata is an Environmental Health Officer at Makerere University School of Public Health in Uganda. Professional interests: Health promotion in communities. 
By Lars Klintwall Malmqvist (Larsklintwallmalmqvist) (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

HIFA Blog: Month in review, November 2017 - Hand washing

Date: Monday, January 15, 2018
Quote of the month: "It is not only tiring but irritating to talk to a health worker on the need to constantly wash hands after every procedure… When you ask why didn't you wash your hands, the answer is always 'I forgot, I am sorry'" Shehu U Muhammad, HIFA Member, Field Specialist, Nigeria, for the 1 Million Community Health Workers Campaign

HIFA Blog: Month in review, October 2017 - Too Much Medicine

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Quote of the month: “We doctors should admit that our behaviour has not been in favour of patients. We have caused a massive resistance to antibiotics. We are making poor buy drugs that most times are expensive and unnecessary."  Massimo Serventi (Paediatrician, Tanzania; member of HIFA Project on Information for Prescribers and Users of Medicines) 

Mobile Healthcare Information for All: a simple and affordable early step towards worldwide universal health coverage by 2030

Date: Sunday, November 26, 2017
Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is the defining concept of our time for global health.  The World Health Assembly and the United Nations General Assembly have called on countries to 'urgently and significantly scale up efforts to accelerate the transition towards universal access to affordable and quality healthcare services'.  We argue that universal access to essential healthcare information is a prerequisite for UHC and that it is readily achievable thanks to mobile phone technology.


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