Friday, February 1, 2008

HIFA 2015

Healthcare Information for All by 2015

“Applying what we know already will have a bigger impact on health and disease than any drug or technology likely to be introduced in the next decade."
Pang T, Gray M,Evans T. A 15th grand challenge for global public health. Lancet 2006; 367:2846.

"Information poverty in the ‘information age’!"
"We live in the information age, but the reality is that tens of thousands of people die every day, often for the simple reason that the parent, carer or health worker lack the information and knowledge they need to save them. And for each person who dies, many others suffer serious harm due to ineffective or unsafe care."
"People are dying from lack of knowledge"
Dr. Neil Pakenham-Walsh

The HIFA 2015 goal:
By 2015, every person worldwide will have access to an informed healthcare provider.

The Campaign framework is based on
Communication, Understanding and Advocacy.

Communication: Promoting international, regional and national cooperation HIFA 2015 brings all stakeholders together around a common purpose: healthcare providers, producers of health reference and learning materials, librarians and information professionals, health researchers, policymakers, development workers and the general public.

Understanding: Building a picture of information needs and how to meet them HIFA 2015 harnesses experience and expertise to create a web-based resource specifically about information needs and different methods to meet those needs.

Advocacy: Seeking and advocating cost-effective solutions
HIFA 2015 promotes the development of evidence-based solutions to address the information and learning needs of healthcare providers, and advocates for the political and financial commitment needed to support information and learning initiatives worldwide.

Click to listen to the Web Conference recorded January 31, 2008
entitled "Knowledge Management for Public Health ~ WHO"

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