Healthcare Information for All (HIFA) is a global campaign that seeks to save the lives of adults and children in low- and middle-income countries by ensuring that those responsible for their care – such as health workers, parents and carers – have access to relevant, reliable healthcare information.

HIFA brings together more than 15,000 health researchers, publishers, librarians, policymakers, clinicians and information professionals on 5 forums in 3 languages. The aim is to bring all stakeholders together to improve communication, understanding and advocacy to accelerate progress towards the HIFA Vision: A world where every person will have access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of others on how to increase the availability and use of healthcare information.

Where Implemented

The HIFA campaign was launched in Mombasa, Kenya in October 2006, at the 10th Congress of the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa, and now has more than 15,000 professional members from more than 2,500 organisations in 175 countries around the world.

HIFA collaborates with the World Health Organization and is supported by more than 260 health and development organisations worldwide.

Contribution to eHealth in SA

HIFA has 269 members and three supporting organisations in South Africa: Imperial Health Sciences (Pty) Ltd, South African Association for Responsible Health Information & Advertising and the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA).

All members interact by five HIFA Global Forums, and are collectively working together to build HIFA Voices, an experiential database on healthcare information needs and how to meet them.

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