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Humanitarian Evidence Week: Disaster Lit & HIFA Webinar, 9 November 2017

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. EST / 3:00 p.m. GMT (UTC)

HIFA Blog: Month in review, September 2017 - Family Planning

Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Quote of the month: “If a woman becomes pregnant while wearing an Intra-Uterine Device, this device can enter the baby's body, even in his brain." (A misconception about the dangers of using IUDs, reported by Andre Shongo, HIFA Member and Country Representative, Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Join HIFA for a global discussion on Evidence-Informed Humanitarian Action! Starts 16 October 2017

Date: Monday, October 9, 2017
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HIFA Blog: Month in review, August 2017 - Information, disasters and disease outbreaks

Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Quote of the month: “I learnt about Ebola as a one page note during medical school. No special information was provided to doctors so I took to Google like everyone else. I continued working right through the outbreak and we faced challenges that we just muddled through." Bintu Mansaray (Sierra Leone)

HIFA Prescribers and Users of Medicines Coordinator Sarah Cavanagh presents our work at the UKMi Practice Development Seminar, UK

Date: Monday, September 25, 2017
Sarah Cavanagh is presenting  a poster on 'Medicines Information for All: Improving the availability of information for prescribers and users of medicines worldwide', on behalf of the HIFA Prescribers and Users of Medicine Project, at the UKMi Practice Development Seminar this week in Birmingham, UK. The poster outlines the importance of the issue, the work of the project to date and proposed next steps.

HIFA member Soumyadeep Bhaumick presents 'Understanding Implementation Research: Case study from the HIFA virtual discussion forum' at Global Evidence Summit

Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
HIFA Country Representative Soumyadeep Bhaumick presented a poster on 'Understanding Implementation Research: Case study from the HIFA virtual discussion forum' at the Global Evidence Summit in Cape Town, 13-16 September 2017, on behalf of the HIFA Working Group on Evidence-Informed Policy & Practice.  The three main themes, as described by HIFA members, are: 1. There is confusion about IR, particularly in relation to similar approaches like quality improvement, operational research, knowledge translation and health-services research.

Join HIFA for a global discussion: Meeting the Family Planning and Contraception information needs of adolescents, girls, women, and men

Date: Sunday, September 10, 2017
Join HIFA for a series of thoughtful discussions on how to meet the family planning and contraception (FP/C) information needs of the general public, healthcare providers, and policymakers in low- and middle-income countries, as ell as how to address harmful myths and misconceptions surrounding FP/C. 

HIFA Country Representative Jackeline Alger promotes HIFA at the XIII Central American and Caribbean Meeting on Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, Honduras

Date: Friday, August 25, 2017
HIFA Country Representative Jackeline Alger is giving a presentation about HIFA at the XIII Central American and Caribbean Meeting on Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, August 22 to 26, 2017, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She is also announcing the launch of HIFA-Spanish, which we aim to start later this year in collaboration with WHO, PAHO, and the Andalucian School of Public Health. 

HIFA Discussion on Systematic Reviews - Summary now available

Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
From 15 May to 23 June 2017 the HIFA Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice working group supported a HIFA thematic discussion on Systematic Reviews, around five questions. 89 messages, from 36 contributors, were received. This 2-page narrative review summarizes the opinions expressed.   See below for the full (76p) and edited (22p) versions of the discussion, respectively:

HIFA Blog: Month in review, July 2017 - Community Health Workers

Date: Monday, August 14, 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

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