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14 August, 2017

Quote of the month: “We are convinced that the truth stops at what we have learned in our schools; we are afraid to empower communities and lose importance… we just prefer to study the community approach and talk about it. But we do not want to implement it.”
Simon Kabore (HIFA Member, Directeur Exécutif du Réseau Accès aux Médicaments Essentiels, Burkina Faso), translated from a posting on the HIFA-French forum

13 August, 2017

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'214 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using safe and effective family planning methods, for reasons ranging from lack of access to information or services to lack of support from their partners or communities' (UNFPA). Sustainable Development Goal target 3.7 aims 'By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education'. 

17 July, 2017

Quote of the month: "Asking the question 'What matters to you?' rather than 'What is the matter with you?' can be done in any healthcare setting. In fact healthcare will be more efficient if health care professionals take that approach. So much waste comes from making assumptions about what it is that people want and need"

(Daniel Munday, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Health Service Research, International Nepal Fellowship, Kathmandu, Nepal)

9 July, 2017

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Tsunamis, earthquakes; terrorism; biological, chemical or nuclear warfare; disease outbreaks, global pandemics, antimicrobial resistance... The health impact of national and global emergencies depends largely on the degree to which individuals, communities, nations and supranational bodies are adequately informed. To what extent are current Library and Information Services (LIS) meeting the information needs of different user groups in different contexts? Where are the gaps and what are the priorities for future action? 

24 June, 2017

Please find here our HIFA Annual Review for 2016.  Thank you to everyone for making this such a successful year!

Highlights:

  • Membership increased to over 16,000 in 176 countries
  • 100s of global health discussions in 3 languages (En,Fr,Pt)
  • Launch of new website: www.hifa.org
  • Collaboration with WHO to implement HIFA in all UN languages

3 new HIFA Projects: 

19 June, 2017

Traditional Birth Attendants

Quote of the month: "It's like forbidding a hospital attendant from applying first aid to victims of a road traffic accident” (Joseph Ana, Nigeria, quoting Shima Gyoh, professor of surgery at Benue State University, Nigeria)

19 May, 2017

Community Health Workers feel unrecognised and undervalued by community leaders and health professionals. This was the central message from a major thematic discussion held on the HIFA forums and sponsored by The Lancet, Reachout Project/Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, World Vision International and USAID Assist Project.

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