Workshop group in Tanzania
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  • Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) is a well-established government higher education institution that provides both undergraduate and post-graduate programmes for health personnel in Tanzania. The programmes cover all aspects of medicine, dentistry, public health, pharmacy and nursing.
  • Tanzania Library Services Board (TLSB) is a national institution under the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training. TLSB provides information to all groups of people by acquiring, organising and distributing books and other forms of information materials to individuals, schools, Institutions and public libraries. It serves a network of 30 public libraries throughout the country.
  • The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) is a professional association based in the UK with members spread among 83 other countries. The partnership, led by the Information Services, is supported by the RCOG International Office, the International Executive Board and the International Advisory Group.

Formation and aims of the partnership

This three-way partnership was established in 2006, with support from Phi at the request of MUHAS. The partnership aims to: build a sustainable programme for continuing professional development of health librarians; strengthen the capacity of MUHAS to provide training in promoting and accessing health information; and work with the public libraries to develop health corners in library branches.
"Working in partnership would greatly support our library to build capacity to provide appropriate services and facilities to cope with new challenges and a wider variety of information seekers at the college and throughout Tanzania." - Tanzania Partner

Highlights of past activities and achievements

2009 Knowledge Café -This masterclass was attended by Rehema Chande-Mallya (Director of Library Services at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences and Cath Butterfield (Phi Officer, Partnerships in Health Information). It focused on the Gurteen knowledge café as well as discussions on the importance of conversation and knowledge sharing in organisations. 

2008 - 2012: The partners, together with Phi, are delivering a three-year DelPHE funded project aimed at strengthening health libraries services throughout Tanzania, including developing health information for public use by developing ‘health corners’ in libraries, health information curriculum development, continuing professional development for librarians, and regular UK/Tanzania exchange visits. 

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