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Ethiopia: Librarians and the value of HINARI training

" I realised how much librarian tutors could offer at the health care front line in resource poor settings ...."

This was the reaction of Tatjana Petrinic ( University of Oxford, UK )during her participation in the five day module on evidence based practice, HINARI awareness and health informatics at the University of Gondar ( northern Ethiopia ). She and her fellow tutors- Keith Nockels ( University of Leicester, UK ) and Getachew Bayissa ( University of Jimma- south Ethiopia ) were delivering yet another of the projects created and supported jointly by the Leicester- Gondar Medical and University Link. Partnerships in Health Information, which has been closely associated with this Link from the start, helped to coordinate the workshop by acquiring the services of Getachew Bayissa and securing funds for Tatjana's travelling expenses.

The 45 participants were students in their first year of a two year Masters programme set up by the Link. They came from all over Ethiopia and included 21 clinical and laboratory assistants, 15 midwives, 5 physiotherapists and 4 anaesthetists, who were quick to realise that " This was going to be their professional lifeline, a gateway to up to date research and clinical practice...."

The full article by Tatjana Petrinic is in " Where HINARI took me and where I took HINARI ". Journal of the European Association for Health Information and Libraries 2011, vol 7 (1): 28-37.

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