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[afro-nets] Framework for using social networks to contribute to dialogure on MDGs

  • From: "Neil Pakenham-Walsh, UK" <neil.pakenham-walsh@ghi-net.org>
  • Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2012 18:45:48 +0000

Dear Paul Ladd, Jose Dallo and AFRO-nets,

This is excellent news that the development of post-2015 will take advantage of global social networks. I would like especially to highlight the role of transdisciplinary networks such as HIFA2015 (Healthcare Information For All by 2015). We have tried in vain to contribute to a wider global communications framework for the MDGs. Such a framework simply _does not exist_ currently in any meaningful way that can engage the full range of stakeholders in structured, evolving, inclusive, ongoing dialogue.

Such a framework is essential and must be developed for post-2015.

As PAHO Director Dr Mirta Roses said back in 2003:

?????.This is will be the century of networks, connectivity, and interdependence, and all of these will enable us to overcome the barriers of space and time and to open up heretofore unimaginable possibilities for humanity. If we use these networks to multiply exponentially the social capital available, to link people and institutions in a vast web that embraces all the inhabitants of our hemisphere, we will have taken a giant step toward ensuring that our knowledge and experience converge into finding new modes of exchanging technical cooperation for sustainable human development???.."

It is an indictment of the international community and the MDG process that between 2003 and 2012 we have largely failed to create a global communications framework. I am not proposing here a single virtual forum - clearly the issues are far too multifaceted. What is needed is to find a way of interconnecting the many dozens/hundreds of health networks such as HIFA2015 working individually on specific issues related to the achievement of broader complex development challenges. All individuals with a professionals or personal interest in these issues need to be given the opportunity to engage with and discuss the issues that matter to them 24/7, knowing that their inputs have the potential to be harnessed as a contribution towards broader global health challenges. Focused, inclusive virtual dialogue is, in my view, a potentially powerful way to harness experience and expertise, and to engage - more challenging to facilitate, but much more powerful, than static online surveys and 'consultations'.


Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh MB,BS, DCH, DRCOG
Coordinator, HIFA2015 and CHILD2015
Co-director, Global Healthcare Information Network
Corner House (John Kibble Room)
Charlbury, Oxfordshire OX7 3PN, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1608 811899
HIFA2015: http://www.hifa2015.org
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"Healthcare Information For All by 2015: By 2015, every person worldwide will have access to an informed healthcare provider"