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Membership of HIFA Forums, Jan-Dec 2018

Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019
HIFA continues to grow steadily and total membership is now more than 19,000. The largest forums continue to be the main HIFA forum (English), CHIFA (English), and HIFA-Portuguese. HIFA-French and HIFA-Zambia continue to grow. In November 2018 we launched HIFA-Spanish in collaboration with WHO, PAHO and the WHO Collaborating Centre at the Andalucian School of Public Health. HIFA-Spanish is our fourth language and aligns with our strategic commitment to multilingualism. See the PDF below for further details.

HIFA launches fundraising appeal

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
HIFA is launching a fundraising appeal on 14th March at the HIFA office in Charlbury, near Oxford. HIFA's activities, projects and forums continue to grow rapidly in size and number, and we aim to raise enough money to recruit a second paid member of staff to work with the coordinator, Neil Pakenham-Walsh. Our immediate aim is to raise at least £75,000 per annum for our work in 2019 (this includes all 6 forums, 13 projects, salaries, admin, publications etc). Eventually we hope to raise £150-200k per annum.

The Lancet: Sponsorship of paediatric associations by manufacturers of breast milk substitutes

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019
Congratulations to CHIFA Lead moderator Tony Waterston and Charlotte Wright for their publication on 9 February in The Lancet. Their article is highlighted in this week's print Lancet which features their quote on the front cover: "Surely the time has come to close the door on industry funding of paediatric organisations and protect our breastfeeding mothers from unfair influence."

HIFA Blog: Month in Review, December 2018 - Plagiarism

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Quote of the month: “I am my own plagiarism software and have not used any of the trademark software. This is because I learnt to consciously cite as appropriate.” (HIFA member Olufemi Ajumobi, National Malaria Programme, Nigeria)

BMJ Paeds Open Editorial: Why health information needs to be accessible to all

Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
  In this editorial, Tony Waterston (lead moderator, CHIFA) and Neil Pakenham Walsh (coordinator, HIFA) discuss problems with the provision of health information to healthcare providers around the world and the work of CHIFA (Child Healthcare Information for All).

HIFA-Spanish launches on 7 November 2018! HIFA-Espanol se lanza el 7 de noviembre de 2018!

Date: Monday, November 5, 2018
(Español abajo)   We are delighted to announce that HIFA-Spanish is launching on 7 November 2018.   HIFA-Spanish: is a global campaign and discussion forum to improve the availability and use of reliable health information in Spanish for all (general public, health professionals, policymakers). 

HIFA presentation at Health Systems Research Symposium: Universal Access to Healthcare Information

Date: Monday, October 22, 2018
Last week at HSR2018, a major international conference on global health research, Geoff Royston gave a poster presentation on behalf of HIFA to draw attention to the need, in progressing and monitoring the Sustainable Development Goal on Universal Health Coverage, to include the key component of universal access to essential healthcare information, and the growing opportunity to achieve this through making use of the global spread of mobile phones.

Why did I join HIFA? by Julie N Reza

Date: Friday, August 10, 2018
From August 2018 we invite individual HIFA members to share their story about why they joined and HIFA and what HIFA means to you. See our first video from Julie N Reza (HIFA Steering Group)! We invite all HIFA members to contact us if you would like to share your story about why you joined HIFA and what it means for you. Not yet a HIFA member? Join here (free). We also welcome your comments and suggestions as we develop this new programme.

HIFA Blog: Month in Review, June 2018 - Vasectomy

Date: Friday, August 10, 2018
Quote of the month: “What is required to promote vasectomy is changing the mindset of the menfolk especially in male dominated culture.” (Tusharkanti Dey, HIFA member, Community Health Specialist at the Center for Total Development in India)

Join HIFA for a global discussion: Addressing the reproductive health and family planning (RH/FP) information and service needs and rights of children (0-17) and youth (15-24)

Date: Friday, July 13, 2018
Join HIFA for a series of thoughtful discussions on the reproductive health and family planning information and services needs and rights of children and youth.  The discussion begins on Monday, July 30, 2018 and will run for four weeks. This discussion is part of the HIFA project on Family Planning, supported by K4Health.  Read the blog about our second discussion (March 2018) on empowering health workers for better family planning. 


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