Working together for a future where everyone has access to reliable healthcare information.

Failure to access and apply reliable healthcare information is a leading cause of preventable death and suffering worldwide. Copyright © 2002 Jean Sack/ICDDRB, Courtesy of Photoshare. Physician (L) at Matlab Hospital, Bangladesh, consulting a mother whose daughter is sick with diarrhea. The mother is feeding her daughter a rice-based Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS)

"Healthcare Information For All is an ambitious goal but it can be achieved if all stakeholders work together. The approach proposed by the Global Healthcare Information Network and its partners is innovative and promises to harness the international cooperation and understanding needed to achieve the goal."

      World Health Organization 2006

Global Healthcare Information Network CIC (GHI-net) is a UK-based, non-profit organisation established in 2005 to develop and implement the global initiative Healthcare Information For All (HIFA). HIFA was launched in 2006 in Mombasa, Kenya, at the biennial congress of the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa. HIFA sas a community of practice helps to ensure that health workers, the general public and policymakers are aware of, and have access to, appropriate and reliable healthcare information from authoritative information providers such as the World Health Organization (WHO). This in turn helps them to provide evidence-based health care for those in need.

HIFA supports a dynamic community of practice with more than 20,000 members in 180 countries, and is endorsed by more than 400 health and development organisations worldwide. HIFA is administered by the Global Healthcare Information Network. HIFA-French, HIFA-Portuguese and HIFA-Spanish are administered in collaboration with the World Health Organization, Pan-American Health Organization and Andalucian School of Public Health.

See the HIFA website


The need for Healthcare Information For All (HIFA) was established by an independent review commissioned by the World Health Organization [1]. A short version of the review was published in 2004 in The Lancet [2].


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