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Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the Global Healthcare Information Network, a non-profit organization that administers the ‘Healthcare Information For All by 2015’ campaign (www.hifa2015.org). He has a special interest in the availability and use of relevant, reliable healthcare information in developing countries, especially at primary and district levels. He qualified as a doctor in 1983 and worked for 6 years in NHS hospital medicine, including 2 years in paediatrics. In 1990 he moved into medical publishing and worked with the World Health Organization, Medicine Digest, and the Wellcome Trust CD-ROM series 'Topics in International Health'. From 1996 to 2004 he developed and managed the INASP-Health programme (International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications) and the eForum, HIF-net (Health Information Forum). He has worked as a medical officer in rural Ecuador and Peru, and in 2005 he worked alongside rural healthcare providers in South India to assess local priorities in access and use of health information. neil.pakenham-walsh AT ghi-net.org
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