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HIFA

Healthcare Information For All

www.hifa2015.org

THE HIFA VISION

Every person and every health worker will have access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of those for whom they are responsible.

THE HIFA DISCUSSION GROUP

HIFA provides a neutral discussion space for all those with an interest in the creation, exchange and use of relevant, practical healthcare information for citizens and health workers in low- and middle-income countries. It complements the CHIFA group (www.hifa2015.org/chifa), which focuses on the information and learning needs of those responsible for the health care of children.

HIFA is the main communication tool for the global campaign, 'Healthcare Information For All', which launched in Mombasa, Kenya, on 26th October 2006, at the 10th Congress of the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa. HIFA is goal-driven and action-oriented: together we are moving beyond dialogue towards collective understanding and effective action.

You can be assured that all messages that you receive will be relevant, readable, and understandable.

HIFA is open to anyone with an interest in improving health care in LMICs.

HOW DO I JOIN THE GROUP?

Please email HIFA2015-admin@dgroups.org stating that you would like to join HIFA.

We encourage you to supply some details about yourself for your personal HIFA PROFILE. This will be added to the end of any messages that you post, unless you request otherwise, so that members can appreciate 'where you are coming from'.

In your e-mail, please tell us:

  • your name
  • your position
  • the organisation you work for
  • your country of residence
  • your professional interests
  • any other information that you feel is relevant

With your permission, your HIFA PROFILE will also be added to the HIFA Members Directory, a public-access, online resource to facilitate communications.

HOW DO I POST A DISCUSSION GROUP MESSAGE?

It’s easy! Just send your message to HIFA2015@dgroups.org

WHAT TO POST

We welcome all messages, even if controversial, provided that they are relevant to the HIFA remit.

Examples of discussion topics include (but are not restricted to):

  • how to identify the information and learning needs of healthcare providers
  • how to increase the availability and use of healthcare information and knowledge
  • recommendeded reference and learning materials for healthcare providers

HIFA is also a great way to make contacts; let people know about your activities and publications; and ask for help and advice.

When you reply to messages from other members, please address your message to the whole group if your reply is likely to be of interest to other subscribers.

English is the main language of HIFA. Messages in French are also welcome and will be forwarded to the list together with an English translation by the HIFA team.

Speak French? Join our sister forum, HIFA-EVIPNet-French here: http://www.hifa2015.org/hifa-evipnet-francais/join-hifa-evipnet-francais/

Speak Portuguese? Join our sister forum, HIFA-Portuguese here: http://www.hifa2015.org/hifa-pt/join-hifa-portuguese-hifa-pt/

WHAT NOT TO POST

To preserve the quality and integrity of the forum please do not post the following message to the group:

  • messages that are not relevant to the HIFA remit
  • personal messages to other Discussion Group members
  • messages of a defamatory nature or that may cause offence
  • commercial messages, promoting goods or services for profit
  • messages advertising vacant positions or asking for funding
  • attachments: HIFA carries plain text only
If you would like to discuss options, please contact the moderator. HOW TO CONFIGURE YOUR EMAIL DISTRIBUTION

1. Go to: www.dgroups.org/groups/hifa2015 and log in with your email address and password

(If you cannot remember your password, click on 'forgot password' link. A password will be sent to your registered email address.)

2. At the top of the page, click on 'My account'. This will take you to your personal configuration page.

Under 'Contact details', click on 'I would like to change this' and you will be offered a choice of various options, including daily, weekly or monthly digests - or receipt of individual emails as soon as they are approved.

HOW DO I VIEW ARCHIVE POSTINGS?

Just click on the green tab 'discussions'. The archive is freely available to members and non-members.

HOW DO I LEAVE THE GROUP?

Please send your request by email to: HIFA2015-admin@dgroups.org

DISCLAIMER

HIFA administrators are not responsible for the quality and accuracy of information posted by Discussion Group members.

THE HIFA DISCUSSION GROUP IS MODERATED

To ensure integrity, the forum is overseen by skilled moderators. As a group member, you can be assured that all messages that you receive will be relevant, readable, and understandable. Messages are proofread before posting to ensure they are reader-friendly. All internet addresses mentioned in emails are checked for functionality.

USE OF MESSAGES

Each individual member retains the copyright in his/her own messages. A member can edit and erase messages that he/she has contributed. All content is regulated by a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0-license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ ), the key elements of which are that anyone is free to copy, adapt, distribute and transmit the message for non-commercial use, as long as the derivative is shared under the same license and the source is fully attributed.

To contact the moderator please email: HIFA2015-admin@dgroups.org

HIFA forums are administered by the Global Healthcare Information Network in collaboration with the World Health Organization and others. For further details on the HIFA Campaign, see www.hifa2015.org

With thanks to our financial contributors for 2015: British Medical Association (main funder), Africa Health, Afro-European Medical & Research Network, Anadach Group, Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, Awojobi Clinic Eruwa, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Commonwealth Nurses Federation, Council of International Neonatal Nurses, eCancer, Elsevier, Friends Of Chitambo, Global Health Media Project, Haiti Nursing Foundation, HealthProm, Intel Corporation, International Child Health Group, International Foundation for Dermatology, International League of Dermatological Societies, International Society for Social Paediatrics and Child Health, IntraHealth International, Joanna Briggs Institute, Knowledge Transfer Africa Ltd, The Lancet, LiveWell Initiative, mPowering Frontline Health Workers, Network for Information and Digital Access, Partnerships in Health Information, Physicians for Haiti, Royal College of Midwives, The Test Foundation, The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust, WHO Collaborating Centre for Knowledge Translation & Health Technology Assessment in Health Equity, Wiki Project Med Foundation, Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance.