Universal Access to Reliable Healthcare Information: A Global Stakeholder Consultation
HIFA is launching a global consultation on 21 August 2023!
Our goal is universal access to reliable healthcare information. This is a vital but neglected global health issue. Currently high-level commitment is virtually absent and there is no strategy to accelerate progress.
In 2022 Global Healthcare Information Network (the UK non-profit that administers HIFA) entered into official relations with WHO. This consultation is the first step in our collaboration plan.
The consultation aims to demonstrate public support for the goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information, and to inform action by WHO and partners in 2024 and beyond. It seeks the views of all stakeholders in the global evidence ecosystem (health workers, patients, researchers, publishers, policymakers, library and information professionals...).
The centrepiece of the consultation is a public online survey that officially launches on 21 August and will be available until 30 September. The 5-minute survey is already available in 9 languages and you are invited to complete it today! In parallel with the survey we are having in-depth discussions on the issues raised, on our multilingual HIFA online forums (join here). A report will be delivered to WHO in December 2023 to inform next steps in 2024.
The consultation is facilitated by a team including HIFA, WHO, JBI, EBHC2023, E4GDH, and The Lancet. This work represents the culmination of more than 15 years of collaboration between HIFA and WHO.
Our target is 10,000 survey responses. We need your help to publicise the survey to ensure that we reach this target and thereby demonstrate massive public support. Please share the URL widely - www.hifa.org/survey2023 - and invite your colleagues and contacts to complete it!
A Communication brief is available here and a ZIP file containing graphics for use on social media can be downloaded here
Together we can prevent avoidable death and suffering due to lack of reliable healthcare information
Acknowledgement. HIFA is responsible for the entire costs of our collaboration with WHO, including this consultation. We need NEW funding to cover the costs. Can you help? We invite organisations and individuals to demonstrate your support for universal access to reliable healthcare information. We are grateful to the organisations below for their support so far. We invite other organisations to do the same and we offer four levels of sponsorship, from £100 (US$125). See our Sponsorship prospectus for details, or visit our dedicated fundraising platform.
Note: HIFA is also inviting expressions of interest to support the implementation of our HIFA-WHO collaboration plan in 2024 and beyond (total £150k per year).
Platinum sponsors (£2k+)
Bronze sponsors (£100+)
We are grateful to The BMJ, The Lancet, and the World Medical Association for complimentary publicity. Our thanks also to Vikram Patel (Harvard University) and Geoff Royston (rtd NHS) who have made personal donations (if you can do the same, please visit our fundraising platform).
For more information, contact HIFA Coordinator Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh: email@example.com
Help us to publicise the survey! Right click on this graphic to save it and forward it widely to your contacts and networks: