Universal access to healthcare information

2 July, 2018

Read online and download the presentation: http://www.hifa.org/news/hifa-presents-universal-access-healthcare-infor...

On 29 June 2018, HIFA coordinator Neil Pakenham-Walsh and mHIFA adviser Geoff Royston presented 'Universal access to healthcare information' at the International Health Congress in Oxford, UK.

They argued that universal access to healthcare information (basic, practical healthcare information for citizens and health workers) is a prerequisite for achieving the health Sustainable Development Goals. Thanks to the ubiquity of mobile phones - with 6 billion smartphones expected by 2020 - universal access to healthcare information is now within our reach. The content and technology are there, but the penetration of content into populations is minimal and therefore ineffective. What is needed is massive scale-up at population level, whether by pre-loading, side-loading or other methods. The vital next step is to convene the key stakeholders - WHO, ITU, governments, mobile network operators and content producers - to explore options for scale-up in at least one country. We believe this can be done cheaply and will have huge benefits, empowering citizens and health workers with basic healthcare information in the palm of their hands.

We welcome many new HIFA members who joined us at the conference.

Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, HIFA Project on Information for Citizens, Parents and Children:

http://www.hifa.org/projects/citizens-parents-and-children

Let's build a future where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare information - Join HIFA: www.hifa.org

HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 18,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on five global forums in three languages. He also currently chairs the Dgroups Foundation (www.dgroups.info), which supports 800 communities of practice on international development, health and social justice. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org