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Jennifer Kizza and David Musoke bring HIFA to Makerere University, Uganda

Date: Monday, May 7, 2018
My name is Jennifer Kizza and I began working as a Desk Officer for Healthcare Information For All (HIFA) in March of 2017. As a Desk Officer, I assist HIFA with tasks such as membership recruitment, financial support, and collaborations with other organizations. On April 24th 2018, Dr. David Musoke (Lecturer and Researcher at Makerere University School of Public Health – MakSPH) and I gave a presentation about HIFA at MakSPH in Kampala, Uganda. I have to extend many thanks to Dr.

HIFA Blog: Month in review, March 2018 - Tramadol

Date: Monday, April 30, 2018
Quote of the month: “They are dying from overdosage. Am told they take it to be "high". Some go to the extent of combining it with weed to enable them last longer during sex.” Eben Afarikumah (HIFA Country Representative, Ghana)

Gladys Dadzie represents HIFA at International Nursing Leadership Conference, Lagos

Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Our congratulations to Gladys Dadzie who represented HIFA and her organisation Your Health Matters Ghana at the International Nursing Leadership Conference, held in Lagos, Nigeria from 23rd to 27th April 2018. She is now a Nurse Leader, a prestigious accolade on the international front which empowers nurses to break international barriers in their quest to provide Health Services. 

HIFA marks World Health Day with call to target and track progress on universal access to essential healthcare information

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
The theme of World Health Day 2018 is Universal Health Coverage (UHC): Building a future where all people obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship.

What do we mean by evidence-informed humanitarian action?

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Note: This blog includes personal views of the HIFA moderator, Neil Pakenham-Walsh, and is intended to provoke further exploration of the subject. Join HIFA to engage in the discussion. What do we mean by evidence-informed humanitarian action (preparedness and response)? What kind of evidence do humanitarians need, and why? How can humanitarians access and use evidence more effectively?

HIFA Blog: Month in review, February 2018 - Pros and cons of Traditional Medicine

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Quote of the month: “I attended a public lecture today to mark World Cancer Day: two university academics differed on the question of the causes of cancer, particularly whether cancer can be caused by 'evil spirits' - one was categoric that there is no such causality whilst the other said there is!... So long as such ambivalence remains, the public will continue to delay their access to evidence proven health service by going to [unproven] traditional medicine practitioners.” Joseph Ana, HIFA Member, Nigeria

Publication: HIFA in 2017: The Year in Review and Objectives for 2018

Date: Monday, April 2, 2018
The HIFA Steering Group is delighted to announce the publication of HIFA in 2017: The Year in Review and Objectives for 2018 Read how we:

Join the global HIFA discussion: Empowering Health Workers for Better Family Planning

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Join HIFA for a facilitated discussion, Empowering Health Workers for Better Family Planning, in collaboration with The Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project.  The discussion begins on Monday, March 26, 2018 and will run for four weeks. This discussion is part of the HIFA project on Family Planning. Read the blog about our first discussion (September 2017) on the FP information needs of women, men, youth and children. 

HIFA Blog: Month in review, January 2018 - Traditional Medicine and Universal Health Coverage

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Quote of the month: “The main challenge remains the uncompleted effort to properly define what traditional medicine is, where it starts and stops, codifying the huge armamentorium of herbs / medicines, and how it relates to newer terminology like 'alternative medicine', 'complementary medicine', 'herbal medicine / herbalists', 'Native doctor', etc, etc.” Joseph Ana, HIFA Member, Nigeria

HIFA Blog: Month in review, December 2017 - Too much information?

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Quote of the month: “Information overload is a grim reality making it increasingly difficult for individuals to filter out applicable know-how from the mass of available information” John Miescher, HIFA Member, Switzerland


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