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BMJ Global Health: HIFA members comment on 'Defining global health as public health somewhere else'

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020
Congratulations to HIFA members Sara Fischer, Poorva Patil, Chris Zielinski, Lori Baxter, Francisco Javier Bonilla-Escobar, Shabina Hussain, Claudia Lai, Sarah Walpole, Francis Ohanyido, David Flood,  Ambrish Singh and Najeeb Al-Shorbaji - who have co-authored a piece in BMJ Global Health, based on recent HIFA discussions. Commentary: Is it about the ‘where’ or the ‘how’? Comment on Defining global health as public health somewhere else  Summary points:

HIFA Blog: Month in Review, Feb-Apr 2020 - Coronavirus and the cancer of misinformation

Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
Quote of the month: “The cancer of misinformation continues to spread and metastasize... It is a pervasive and growing threat to global health, driven by increased connectivity and social media. It is not just coronavirus, it is a problem across all areas of health” (HIFA coordinator Neil Pakenham-Walsh, UK) “Antibiotics are effective in treating the new coronavirus”. “Herbal remedies and other drugs can help treat the new virus”. “New coronavirus only affects older people”.

HIFA discussion to support IFLA webinar: Combating digital health inequality in the time of coronavirus

Date: Monday, April 13, 2020
Coronavirus has highlighted as never before how being online is crucial to our lives. Those who most need support (including older and socially disadvantaged people) are least likely to be online. Community organisations, including libraries, have a crucial role in building digital inclusion and digital health literacy.

HIFA's first systematic review: How primary healthcare workers obtain information for safe prescribing in LMICs

Date: Friday, April 10, 2020
We are delighted to announce the publication in BMJ Global Health of our first systematic review: How primary healthcare workers obtain information during consultations to aid safe prescribing in low-income and lower middle-income countries.

HIFA Blog: Month in Review, January 2020 - What is global health?

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Quote of the month: "Since we didn't know at the time that a particular sneeze in Wuhan can have a serious impact in Ouagadougou or London, there is probably a good operational argument for not making a distinction between "public health" and "global health" at all” (HIFA steering group member Chris Zielinski, UK)

BMJ editorial: Healthcare information for all

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Our editorial 'Healthcare information for all', co-authored with Fiona Godlee (Editor-in-Chief, BMJ), has just been published in The BMJ. This editorial was prompted by the recent official statement on 'Healthcare Information For All' by the World Medical Association, which represents more than 10 million doctors worldwide.

HIFA Annual Review 2018

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Here is the (belated) HIFA Annual Review for 2018. Thanks to all our members and volunteers for your ongoing support.  

Christopher Chibuike Alagboso, Nigeria: HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2019

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
On behalf of the HIFA Steering Group, we are delighted to announce the winners of our HIFA Country Representative of the Year awards. The overall winner is Christopher Chibiuke Alagboso, from Nigeria (pictured). Chibuike has helped raise the visibility of HIFA in Nigeria (we now have 1,587 HIFA members in Nigeria!) and also participated in the launch of the HIFA Appeal, March 2019, where he gave an excellent presentation, which you can see on the HIFA YouTube Channel. Special commendations are awarded to:

HIFA Blog: Month in Review, December 2019 - Virtual communities of practice: reducing CO2 emissions, fostering better communication

Date: Monday, February 3, 2020
Quote of the month: “It’s true that environmental degradation is surrounding us in all we do and all we eat and it seems that there is no escape. The impact of all this on health of people is enormous and cannot be ignored."(HIFA Steering Group member Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, Jordan)

HIFA invites everyone to contribute to Geneva Health Forum Roundtable: How can we improve the availability and use of health research information in LMICs?

Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Definition: 'Health research information' here refers primarily (but not exclusively) to peer-reviewed research papers, as typically published in journals. The HIFA Access to Health Research project is planning a Roundtable at the Geneva Health Forum, 24th March 2020, on the theme What next steps are needed to improve the availability and use of health research information in LMICs?  Join HIFA to take part in the pre-event thematic discussion on the following questions:


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