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HIFA at World Health Summit in Berlin (3) Ebola

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The Ebola crisis is the result of a collective failure of global research, publishing, info services & health education - it would probably not have happened if healthcare information for all were a reality today. This was the core message of a presentation by HIFA Steering Group member Martin Carroll at the World Health Summit in Berlin yesterday. You can see it here (7 minutes) on YouTube:


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Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Neil Pakenham-Walsh
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Neil Pakenham-Walsh is the coordinator of the HIFA campaign (Healthcare Information For All) and co-director of the Global Healthcare Information Network. He is also currently chair of the Dgroups Foundation (, a partnership of 18 international development organisations promoting dialogue for international health and development. He started his career as a hospital doctor in the UK, and has clinical experience as an isolated health worker in rural Ecuador and Peru.  For the last 20 years he has been committed to the global challenge of improving the availability and use of relevant, reliable healthcare information for health workers and citizens in low- and middle-income countries. He is also interested in the wider potential of inclusive, interdisciplinary communication platforms to help address global health and international development challenges. He has worked with the World Health Organization, the Wellcome Trust, Medicine Digest and INASP (International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications). He is based near Oxford, UK.  neil.pakenham-walsh AT

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