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Editorial

Focusing the Spotlight on Lack of Access to Health Information

  • Published: April 30, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001438

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People are dying for lack of access to basic healthcare knowledge

Posted by neilpw on 01 May 2013 at 19:27 GMT

As Virginia Barbour, Editor-in-Chief, PLoS Medicine, said at the HIFA2015 Conference: "It is a shameful fact that people are still dying because their healthcare workers don’t have access to the information they need.”

Every day, tens of thousands of children, women and men die needlessly for want of simple, low-cost interventions – interventions that are often already locally available. A major contributing factor is that the mother, family caregiver or health worker does not have access to the information and knowledge they need, when they need it, to make appropriate decisions and save lives. As coordinator of HIFA2015, I would like thank PLoS for engaging with and supporting our campaign, and invite all readers to join: www.hifa2015.org Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh neil@hifa2015.org

No competing interests declared.