How we have developed
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How we have developed

Phi was founded in 1992 by Michael Carmel, a health librarian, and began life as the UK arm of SatelLife (a USA not for profit organisation), responding to the potential of satellite technology to provide resources to countries in Africa. During this time Michael gathered a small team of people who had experience or the commitment to supporting information and library provisions in developing countries.

The forming of a separate UK based charity and a change of name to Partnerships in Health Information reflects a shift in focus. Phi then supported longer term partnerships between health libraries. Jean Shaw, a former health librarian, developed and led Phi's partnership activity in a voluntary capacity with the support and commitment of Phi's trustees and supporters.

With the support of the health library community in the UK Phi successfully secured a grant in 2005 to appoint a full time salaried member of staff. Emma Stanley was appointed as our first Programmes Officer to maximise the opportunity offered by this two year grant, which was extended extended to March 2012.

Phi works very closely with the Association for Health Information and Libraries (AHILA) and  the Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA). In 2011 a two year MoU with ITOCA has enabled the appointment of a Phi Coordinator (Africa Office) based in ITOCA (South Africa). The same officer will provide AHILA with a a Secretariat.

For a fuller history of the development of Phi over 20 years paper published in CILIP Update 2012

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