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Health On the Net Foundation - HONinfo 3/2002 

We are pleased to announce some great news today! 

******* Official  Announcement: 

Health On  the  Net Foundation  has  now been granted Non-Governmental 
Organisation (NGO) status by the  Economic and Social Council  of  the 
United  Nations   (ECOSOC).  The   NGO  status  will  facilitate HON's 
participation with the World Health Organization  and other UN bodies, 
and  reinforce  its consultative  role  with  government ministries in 
several countries. 

Pioneering the field  of health information  ethics, HON was  first to 
introduce  a  code  of  conduct  for  medical  and  health  web  sites 
(HONcode).  The HON Foundation  has reviewed and accredited  more than 
3000  health  web  sites  worldwide  which  voluntarily  applied   for 
certification. 

HON is already  involved in several  European Union research  projects 
and has participated in numerous international academic gatherings. 

This official  recognition will  enhance HON's  capacity to  act as  a 
trusted international organization in the medical Internet field,  and 
makes it the  only UN-accredited NGO  working on issues  of quality in 
online health information. 

As always, but now with the new NGO status, HON is showing a worldwide 
vision and implementation of its services for the benefit of  Internet 
citizens! 


******* October is the Health Literacy Month! 

HON  would like  to bring  your attention  to this  subject, which  we 
consider  of  importance  in  regard  to  health  information  on  the 
Internet.  Health Literacy is defined  as "the degree to which  people 
can  obtain,  process,  and understand  basic  health  information and 
services  they  need  to  make  appropriate  health  decisions." (U.S. 
National Library of Medicine) 

If you are  a health professional,  an online information  provider, a 
researcher  or an  individual seeking  health information  online, we 
encourage you to learn more  about health literacy and to  take action 
to improve the communication  of healthcare information. Together,  we 
can not only improve access to  health information but also aim for  e 
-health information understanding! 

Curious to learn more? See http://www.hon.ch/Global/HealthLiteracy.html 


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For any feedback regarding these announcements or general questions, 
please e-mail us at webmaster@hon.ch. 

We wish you a nice day! 

The HON Team 



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