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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

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

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.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Would you like to get more experience in public/global health, while working on some interesting and valuable projects, and gaining some great contacts?

Child Healthcare Information for All (CHIFA) is looking for a CHIFA Desk Officer. This is a paid position for 4 hours a week (flexible timing), and is largely home-based/remote working, so it should be easy to fit it around your studies and/or work. 

The successful applicant would need to be based within 50 miles of Oxford to enable occasional visits tothe HIFA office for training and meetings.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. EST / 3:00 p.m. GMT (UTC)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Quote of the month: “If a woman becomes pregnant while wearing an Intra-Uterine Device, this device can enter the baby's body, even in his brain." (A misconception about the dangers of using IUDs, reported by Andre Shongo, HIFA Member and Country Representative, Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Quote of the month: “I learnt about Ebola as a one page note during medical school. No special information was provided to doctors so I took to Google like everyone else. I continued working right through the outbreak and we faced challenges that we just muddled through." Bintu Mansaray (Sierra Leone)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sarah Cavanagh is presenting  a poster on 'Medicines Information for All: Improving the availability of information for prescribers and users of medicines worldwide', on behalf of the HIFA Prescribers and Users of Medicine Project, at the UKMi Practice Development Seminar this week in Birmingham, UK.

The poster outlines the importance of the issue, the work of the project to date and proposed next steps.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

HIFA Country Representative Soumyadeep Bhaumick presented a poster on 'Understanding Implementation Research: Case study from the HIFA virtual discussion forum' at the Global Evidence Summit in Cape Town, 13-16 September 2017, on behalf of the HIFA Working Group on Evidence-Informed Policy & Practice. 

The three main themes, as described by HIFA members, are:

1. There is confusion about IR, particularly in relation to similar approaches like quality improvement, operational research, knowledge translation and health-services research.


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