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  • The Sir Albert Cooke Medical Library, Makerere University, is one of the seven branch libraries of the Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. The library holds medical collections of national importance.
  • The Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Library and Information Service at the Trust aim to provide information to support and enable the highest possible standards of clinical care, direct patient care, evidence based practice, study, management, education, research, innovation, medical audit, clinical governance and health promotion.


Formation and aims of the partnership

Informally established in 1994 and formalised in 2000, under the guidance of Phi, this was one of Phi’s first partnerships. Partners initially focused on the use of emerging satellite technology to provide requested articles to Ugandan colleagues. The partnership then moved to focus on training and outreach by the fostering of education, training and general awareness at Makerere University of the importance and the use of technology and outreach to health facilities in Uganda.


Highlights of past activities and achievements

  • 2010 JulyPhi hosted the visit of Alison Kinengyere, Serials Librarian at the Albert Cook Medical Library, Makerere University between 17-28 July 2010.  The visit included: Co-presenting a paper with Shane Godbolt at a conference, Meetings with: Ken-HIP to discuss African Index Medicus, INASP and Maria Cotera and Susan Mahoney to discuss their visit to Uganda as part of the African Prisons Project.
  • 2010Phi support - Maria Cotera and Susan Mahony have been advising the African Prisons Project on all aspects of development of its library activity including its operations and management of staff. Funding for Maria Cotera’s air fare was provided Phi. 
  • 2010 Proposal to Elsevier - The partners successfully secured funding to delivery a three-year project aimed at increasing access to health information for health workers in rural Uganda and providing practical training sessions for community health problem solving. Read more.
  • 2009 March: Potenza Atiogbe and Robert Shimield (UK partners) to Makerere University, Uganda to support changing of the Albert Cook Library website to a content management site and provide training for members of staff. 
  • 2009 August: Public Access to Health Information Workshop. Kampala - The Ugandan partners assisted with and participated in a Phi/IFLA/FAIFE Public Access to Health Information workshop in Kampala. Read more.
  • 2009: Two UK partner librarians visited Uganda to work with staff at the Albert Cook Library to develop the library website and update the Uganda Health Information Database in order to be able to disseminate health information more widely
  • 2006-2009: with funding from the British Council the Albert Cook Medical Library was able to carry out a three-year project on enhancing access to health information. Activities included the provision of training, and learning opportunities and support for website development. 
  • 2002 to 2005: the partnership received funding from the British Council’s Higher Education Links Scheme to introduce an information literacy programme for medical students and promote information services to provincial health centres. 


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