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Why did I join HIFA? by Julie N Reza

Date: Friday, August 10, 2018
From August 2018 we invite individual HIFA members to share their story about why they joined and HIFA and what HIFA means to you. See our first video from Julie N Reza (HIFA Steering Group)! We invite all HIFA members to contact us if you would like to share your story about why you joined HIFA and what it means for you. Not yet a HIFA member? Join here (free). We also welcome your comments and suggestions as we develop this new programme.

Join HIFA for a global discussion: Addressing the reproductive health and family planning (RH/FP) information and service needs and rights of children (0-17) and youth (15-24)

Date: Friday, July 13, 2018
Join HIFA for a series of thoughtful discussions on the reproductive health and family planning information and services needs and rights of children and youth.  The discussion begins on Monday, July 30, 2018 and will run for four weeks. This discussion is part of the HIFA project on Family Planning, supported by K4Health.  Read the blog about our second discussion (March 2018) on empowering health workers for better family planning. 

HIFA Blog: Month in Review, May 2018 - Antimicrobial resistance

Date: Friday, July 13, 2018
Quote of the month: “I have just come back from Uganda where people with Malaria seem to be constantly treated with antibiotics as well as Malaria treatment just in case. I was wondering if there are any tests etc that would help to reduce the amount of antibiotics prescribed in these circumstances?” (Karen Michell, HIFA member, UK)

HIFA presents 'Universal access to healthcare information' at the International Health Congress, Oxford, UK.

Date: Monday, July 2, 2018
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.

How can we improve the care of small and sick newborns in low- and middle-income countries?: A summary of a global discussion on CHIFA: Part 2

Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
[This blog was originally posted on the Health Newborn network website here]

HIFA Discussion report: Empowering Health Workers for Better Family Planning

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
With thanks to Fikre Keith and colleagues at K4Health, where this blog is also published here

HIFA Blog: Month in Review, April 2018 - Open access

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Quote of the month: “If Sci-Hub is wrong, then so are these greedy publishers. Unless someone comes up with a viable solution to this problem of restricted access to research Sci-Hub is going to stay and flourish.” (HIFA member Farooq Rathore is a consultant and assistant professor in Rehabilitation Medicine at the CMH Lahore Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan)

How does HIFA work? Using the Dgroups platform to support a community of purpose

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
HIFA participated in a webinar organized in partnership between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Dgroups, a non-profit partnership of UN agencies, bilateral agencies and NGOs that supports 700 communities of practice for international development (including the HIFA forums). HIFA coordinator Neil Pakenham-Walsh presented the work that HIFA does and why Dgroups is a cornerstone of its success

HIFA Country Representative of the Year, Gladys Dadzie on Ghana Television

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018
HIFA's current Country Representative of the Year, Gladys Dadzie, has been on Ghana Television to talk about HIFA and the importance of healthcare information for all. She talked in particular about health and sports: "I think HIFA can bring up a new project to merge health information in sports and prevention of injuries". Gladys also runs the national organisation Your Health Matters Ghana. Join HIFA

Call for volunteers: Systematic review on how primary healthcare workers in LMICs obtain information for prescribing

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
HIFA is collaborating with researchers from Nagasaki University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to conduct a systematic review to learn about how primary healthcare workers in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) obtain information during consultations to aid prescribing. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help identify interventional or observational studies of regarding use of healthcare information tools or aids during consultations, focusing on primary healthcare workers in LMIC settings.

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