Healthcare Information For All - HIFA

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About HIFA

HIFA (Healthcare Information For All) is a global social movement to improve the availability and use of healthcare information in low- and middle-income countries. It has more than 20,000 members (health workers, librarians, publishers, researchers, policymakers...) committed to the progressive realisation of a world where every person has access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of others - and is protected from misinformation.

Failure to access and apply healthcare information is a leading cause of death and suffering worldwide. Lack of reliable healthcare information contributes to tens of thousands of avoidable deaths every day. Basic life-saving interventions are very often locally available, but are simply not provided in time because of lack of healthcare information. In India, for example, three in five parents wrongly believe they should withhold fluids if their child develops diarrhoea, thereby tragically increasing their risk of death from dehydration - contributing to hundreds of avoidable deaths every day in India alone. Every single health decision and action, whether by parents, individuals, health workers or policymakers, is fundamentally dependent on their ability to access and apply reliable healthcare information - and to recognise and reject misinformation.

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