I'm delighted to join this forum on diagnostics.By way of introduction I coordinate a project called HIFA (Healthcare Information For All): www.hifa.org
Our focus is on improving the availability and use of healthcare information in LMICs. We see this - and diagnostics - as part of a broad range of basic needs for any healthcare provider. Healthcare providers can only function effectively if their own basic professional needs are met. These needs may be summarised as:
• Structural support
• Communication facilities.
This spells the acronym SEISMIC - a seismic shift is needed to address the needs of front-line healthcare providers in low-income countries. For too long their needs have been ignored. We look forward to collaborate with you to meet the needs of healthcare providers.
Best wishes, Neil
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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is the coordinator of the HIFA campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ) and current chair of the Dgroups Foundation (www.dgroups.info), which supports 700 communities of practice for international development, social justice and global health. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG