Visit the main HIFA website:

Promoting use of information

'Look online' before ringing GP, says Royal College of General Practitioners

I wonder how good NHS Choices is and whether each country should have its own “health website” or if it could somehow be streamlined. Is there a case for interlinking wit the Medical Wikipedia better so that efforts are not duplicated? Is NHC Choices perhaps already using content from Medical Wikipedia, or vice versa?

Women’s reproductive health knowledge, attitudes and practices in relation to the Zika virus outbreak in northeast Brazil

Objectives: To assess knowledge, pregnancy attitudes and contraceptive practices in relation to the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil.

Methods: We interviewed 526 women 18 to 49 years old in primary health services in a Northeastern capital of Brazil, in 2016. They provided information about their knowledge of Zika transmission and health consequences, their receipt of counseling related to sexual and perinatal transmission of Zika, their pregnancy intentions and reassessment of contraceptive options in the context of the Zika virus outbreak.

The path to longer and healthier lives for all Africans by 2030: the Lancet Commission on the future of health in sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa's health challenges are numerous and wide-ranging. Most sub-Saharan countries face a double burden of traditional, persisting health challenges, such as infectious diseases, malnutrition, and child and maternal mortality, and emerging challenges from an increasing prevalence of chronic conditions, mental health disorders, injuries, and health problems related to climate change and environmental degradation.

Ethics in public health: call for shared moral public health literacy

Public Health (PH) in Europe has become much more vocal about its moral understandings since 1992. The rising awareness that PH issues were inseparable from issues of human rights and social justice almost self-evidently directed the agenda of EUPHA and the European Public Health (EPH)-conferences. Problems of cultural and behavioural change, and environmental issues on a global scale were also added.

Barriers and facilitators to health information exchange in low- and middle-income country settings: a systematic review

The exchange and use of health information can help healthcare professionals and policymakers make informed decisions on ways of improving patient and population health. Many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have however failed to embrace the approaches and technologies to facilitate health information exchange (HIE). We sought to understand the barriers and facilitators to the implementation and adoption of HIE in LMICs.

WHO country offices as knowledge brokers?

I believe that in some countries, there is room for WHO to play a role to improve the uptake of scientific evidence by policy- and decision- makers. Academics and researchers too often think that if they publish their findings in scientific journals, or produce reports, and give talks in conferences, policymakers and decision makers will get to know their work, will trust them and will base their work on the evidence they produce. But there is an infinite number of barriers between them and those who should use their findings.

Hypertension, ignorance and access to helpful information

There is a huge ignorance gap on health information as a whole in Nigeria, different studies done have shown inadequacies in the knowledge of people on different health issues. Hypertension is also an often misunderstood issue with regards to its causes and treatments. A lot of patients in Nigeria who have been diagnosed of hypertension are not compliant with their drugs, in a lot of cases this is due to them not understanding how management of hypertension works, the next time some of them appear in the clinic, they would have been down with complications.

HIFA Project on Prescribers and Users of Medicines - Q3: How is Information on medicines accessed in LMICs? (2)

Access to prescribing and medicines information in developing countries like Nigeria has become more haphazard, and the information is of low quality and often unreliable and unreferenced. In recent years pharmaceutical companies in trying to make more money have stopped engaging qualified pharmacists as 'Drug Reps', they rather employ any graduate, often not even science graduates, as Reps.


Subscribe to Promoting use of information