Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa
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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.

highlights of past activities and achievements

2010 October: 12th AHILA Congress, Burkina Faso - The theme of the Congress was Health Information in Africa - meeting our goals with sub-themes: redefining the role of the information professional; use of ICTs; collection and dissemination of research - open archives; patient and public access to health information; research and information required for chronic and neglected diseases; evidence based health care in Africa. Report by Emma Stanley. Read more

2009: Visit to UK - Nancy Kamau (President of AHILA) visited the UK (9th-22nd May). The visit was funded through a grant from INASP. The visit included discussions on the development of the AHILA strategy with Phi and attendance at a meeting with the Ken-AHILA partner in the UK. Read more - an extract from report submitted to INASP. Read more

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