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To build upon Phi's impact, we work with many like-minded organisations in Africa, UK and worldwide. These include:

by Jean Shaw — last modified Sep 25, 2012 03:34 PM


The Association for Health Information and libraries in Africa

The Association generally known as AHILA aims to: 

  • Improve the provision of up-to-date and relevant information to health and medical workers in Africa. 
  • Encourage the professional development of librarianship. 
  • Promote the development of resource-sharing and exchange of experiences and information among African health information professionals. 
  • Promote the development, standardisation, and exchange of national databases of medical and health literature produced in the African countries in the form of an African Index Medicus

Partnerships in Health Information has been an associate member since 1996 and has attended all of the AHILA biennial Congresses since that date.

ITOCA - Information Technology Outreach Centre for Africa

ITOCA is a capacity building organization aimed at enhancing information and communications technology skills for librarians, information specialists, scientists, researchers and students. Phi works very closely with ITOCA as their training programmes and projects are complementary. An MoU was signed in January 2012.

The International Federation of Library Association's Committee on Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (IFLA's FAIFE)

PAHI workshop posterPublic access to health information (PAHI) is of vital importance to the developing world, especially Africa, where societies grapple with daunting health problems; and health messages even at government level are often confused and unreliable.  Convinced of the valuable role libraries can play in increasing public access to health information, IFLA’s FAIFE Committee created Access to HIV/AIDS through Libraries Learning Materials, a freely downloadable web resource.  Building on this in 2008/09 IFLA/FAIFE, began a project to develop materials to improve PAHI in other medical and health-related areas. IFLA/FAIFE invited Phi, together with its local partners, to collaborate with them in this project. Phi’s local partners and their networks were vital in setting up the series of ‘train the trainers’ workshops to test and refine the materials.  The overall aim of the workshop, which was delivered in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia, was to support librarians in positioning themselves and their services, working in partnership with other agencies where possible and appropriate to improve public access to health information. 

It was decided to translate the materials into Portuguese and French. So 2011 saw Phi organizing the first workshops on behalf of IFLA/FAIFE in Mozambique (March) headed by Professor Paul Sturges, and Senegal (June/July) headed by Shane Godbolt, Director of Phi. 


Health Information for All by 2015 (HIFA2015) Campaign

Phi is a supporting organisation of HIFA2015 and is represented on the HIFA 2015 Steering Group.

HIFA2015 is a major global campaign, launched in Kenya in 2006, and facilitated by GHI-net. The goal of the campaign is: By 2015, every person worldwide will have access to an informed healthcare provider. Lack of access to essential healthcare information will no longer be a significant constraint in the delivery of care in developing countries. People will no longer be dying for lack of knowledge. HIFA2015 members communicate via two global email discussion forums, HIFA2015 and CHILD2015.


THET (The Tropical Health and Education Trust)

Both Phi and THET support partnerships for better health in some of the world’s poorest countries. Between 2008 and 2009, these organisations developed a framework for working together and laid strong foundations for ongoing collaboration. In Ethiopia in particular, this produced clear benefits as each enhanced the other’s programmes of work. In 2009 a senior information professional contributed to a THET-coordinated national Health Links meeting in Ethiopia and Phi facilitated a health information literacy workshop at Jimma University. Phi is exploring further synergies with THET for continuing to work with Phi’s partner networks supporting activities in seven countries in East and West Africa.


Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance

Phi is a founding member of the Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance - a growing network of Zambian-based and UK-based organisations who work together to promote and improve the coordination and impact of joint work in health programmes.

The Alliance was launched in June 2009 at Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust, London, with the mission to:

  • Support the Government of the Republic of Zambia to implement its plans to increase and develop its health workforce and its health systems and to contribute towards achieving the health related Millennium Development Goals; and to
  • Provide opportunities for learning and development for health workers and institutions in both Zambia and the UK

The Alliance aims to achieve this mission by:

  • Providing a focal point to help ensure that Zambia’s health needs and requests for support and mutual development are known and understood by UK organisations
  • Promoting specific projects at the request of the Zambia Ministry of Health
  • Helping ensure better coordination between all the many groups which have links and partnerships between the two countries – eg universities, hospitals and other health organisations, diaspora groups, NGOs, private companies and government departments
  • Testing out the concept of such an Alliance with a view to creating others between the UK and other countries as appropriate

Currently their main project is to strengthen training and education of health workers in Zambia.  For further information about the activities and outcomes of this project, and the Alliance in general, please visit the Alliance’s website.


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