Universal Access to Reliable Healthcare Information: A Global Stakeholder Consultation
HIFA is undertaking a global consultation on Universal access to reliable healthcare information. The consultation includes:
- a global survey (21 August to 15 October 2023) which has attracted more than 2,400 responses worldwide. The results are now being analysed in collaboration with Digital Medic at Stanford University
- moderated discussion on the HIFA forums (join here)
Our goal is universal access to reliable healthcare information: 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 available in 9 languages. 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.
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 are grateful to the organisations below for their support. 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: contact email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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