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HIFA Newsletter June 2022

Date: Monday, June 27, 2022
Dear friends and supporters of HIFA, Thank you so much for your generous support during 2021 and the first months of 2022. I would like to update you on what we have achieved and invite you to continue your support in 2022. Also, I would like to introduce you to the HIFA Strategy 2022-2024, which aims to expand significantly our work with the World Health Organization.

New paper: Qualitative Analysis of the COVID-19 Discussion on HIFA

Date: Friday, May 27, 2022
The HIFA working group on COVID-19 is delighted to announce a new publication based on the longest-ever discussion thread in HIFA's history: 865 posts between January 24 and October 31, 2020, from 246 HIFA members worldwide. (Indeed the thread continues to this day and now stands at 1,464 messages. Join HIFA to continue the discussion) Below are the citation and abstract, and the full paper is freely available here

HIFA Annual Review 2021

Date: Friday, May 20, 2022
We are delighted to publish the HIFA Annual Review 2021 HIFA now has more than 15 years of solid achievements, a growing and dynamic membership (>20,000 professionals in 180 countries), multilingualism (English, French, Portuguese, Spanish), more than 400 volunteers, 437 supporting organisations, and a growing portfolio of sponsored projects. 

mHEALTH-INNOVATE: What can we learn from health workers' informal use of mobile phones?

Date: Friday, March 4, 2022
On 11th April HIFA is launching a 4-week in-depth discussion on the HIFA forum, in collaboration with Makerere University, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, WHO and other research partners. This discussion is vital as a first step as the research consortium rolls out a 4-year programme that includes a systematic review and primary research. The questions 1. Do you use a mobile phone to help you in your work? How do you use it? 2. How do you use your phone to communicate with colleagues, patients and families?

SUPPORT-SYSTEMS: Can decision-making processes for health systems strengthening and universal health coverage be made more inclusive, responsive and accountable?

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2022

Press release: Global Healthcare Information Network CIC enters into Official Relations with the World Health Organization

Date: Sunday, February 20, 2022
We are delighted to announce that the 150th session of the WHO Executive Board (24-29 January 2022) has agreed to admit Global Healthcare Information Network CIC (GHI-Net) as a non-State actor in Official Relations with the World Health Organization (WHO). GHI-Net is the non-profit community interest company registered in the UK in 2005 for the sole purpose of administering the global initiative Healthcare Information For All (HIFA), launched in 2006. 

WHO & HIFA: Enhancing the quality of health services across the health system

Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022
Read the news item on the WHO website! WHO-GLL and HIFA have published the outputs of an in-depth discussion on the HIFA forums: Enhancing the Quality of Health Services Across Levels of the Health System.

Richard Horton, The Lancet: "Immediate access to reliable health information should be the hallmark of a just society"

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022
HIFA thanks Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, for continuing to champion the importance of access to reliable health information.  In this week's issue of the journal he writes: 'The argument for immediate access to new health research findings is a straightforward matter of justice, not expediency. It's time for editors to say so clearly and forcefully.' Read in full

HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2021: Goran Zangana, UK/Iraq

Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2022
HIFA announces our HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2021: *** Goran Zangana (UK/Iraq) *** Goran Zangana is a medical doctor and Associate Research Fellow with the Middle East Research Institute, Iraq. He is currently based in the UK.

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

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


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