For several months now Children for Health has been a member of these HIFA2015 and CHILD2015 campaigning groups. Of particular interest to us is the Child Health Care Information and Learning Discussion group – CHILD2015. This is a global email discussion group with a focus on the information and learning needs of healthcare providers (health workers and citizens) in developing countries. Its remit includes children’s rights to health and healthcare, and the social determinants of health. CHILD2015 is open to anyone with an interest in improving child healthcare in developing countries and membership is free. Its goal is linked with the broader vision of ‘Healthcare Information for All by 2015’ (www.hifa2015.org ) and the Millennium Development Goals:
The goal of CHILD2015 is that by 2015, every child worldwide will have access to an informed healthcare provider.
CHILD2015 was established in July 2006 and is administered by the Global Healthcare Information Network, the International Child Health Group of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and the International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health.
Through our membership of this group, Children for Health has:
- Made new contacts and collaborations
- Asked people for help to develop our core content
- Let others know about our activities
- Found out about training opportunities, useful websites, new resources…
On a general level…being a member of the HIFA2015 and CHILD2015 campaign has given us access to a fantastic network who regularly and actively engage with our content and ideas. Members of the forum act as our ‘critical friend’ and their feedback gives us confidence in our materials and approaches. They draw our attention to important new resources and training opportunities. It is a group that has become part of the beating heart of our organisation.
Specifically, several members of the forum have stepped forward and given us their time to look at our messages for children in all four topic areas so far discussed. They have spent time helping to edit and finalise the content and wording for the messages. This activity has taken place within the forum and in one to one follow-up contact with experts as a result of their feedback.
We strongly advise anyone working in child health and health education to join! To do so, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include:
- Your name
- Your organization and country of residence
- A brief description of your professional interests.
For further details: www.hifa2015.org/child2015-forum
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT CHILD2015
“I think CHILD2015 is an excellent forum and does indeed disseminate useful info between diverse groups involved in this still relatively neglected field. The contributions from developing countries are particularly strong.” Hugh Reyburn, paediatrician, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College, Tanzania
“Congratulations on establishing this excellent network. I am regularly challenged and excited by the comments that are sent.” Andrew Tomkins, HIV/AIDS adviser, TearFund, UK
“This type of engagement and discussion is absolutely critical – if the issues can be fully explored then the materials have a better chance of being effectively locally adapted as necessary to optimize likelihood of success in individual settings.” Jonathan Spector, Chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on International Child Health