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The Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA) is a professional association founded in 1984 with 46 member countries, partners and collaborators worldwide.

The Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa was founded in Nairobi on Thursday 23 August 1984 under the name - Association of African Medical Librarians Association (AMLA). The name later changed in 1988 to the 'Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa' so as to cater for those who are interested in health information issues and may not be librarians.

Aims and Objectives:
Improve provision of up-to-date and relevant health information
Encourage professional development of health librarians
Promote resource sharing in Africa and exchange of experiences
Promote the development and standardisation and exchange of health databases in Africa

Leader in promoting access and use of health information in Africa


News & Updates

Second Round of Public Access To Health Information Grants

Phi in collaboration with AHILA is pleased to announce a second round of funding for Improving Public Access to Health Information (PAHI).


The aim of the small grant is to enable health librarians/ health information professionals to carry out a project of their choosing.

Purpose of the small grant
The Association for Health Information & Libraries in Africa (AHILA) and Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) have been working together to incorporate Public Access to Health Information (PAHI) as a strand within AHILA’s strategic work. The main aim of the PAHI initiative has been to discuss what librarians can do, especially through partnership, to improve public access to health information. The challenge is to develop an idea which will promote public access to health information in your country or community. Phi and AHILA are looking for innovative proposals. Preference will be given to proposals which involve team working with other professions; or bodies like government departments, or with other networks e.g. churches or non-profit organisations. Females are encouraged to apply. In this round there will be one award of £1000 sponsored in full by Phi. .

  1. The lead applicant must be a paid up member of AHILA through either individual or institutional membership. (Applications should include an email from the AHILA Treasurer confirming membership - rchandemallya@gmail.com or rmallya@muhas.ac.tz).
  3. The grant is open to residents of African countries.
  5. Entries will be accepted in English, French or Portuguese.
  7. NB. AHILA Executive members are not eligible for this grant, but are however encouraged to work together with local AHILA members in developing ideas and implementing the projects.
Proposals coming from country chapters of AHILA will be favourably considered. If any intending applicants are uncertain how to get in touch with a local AHILA member/chapter please contact chipo@itoca.org 

Application Instructions
  1. Application forms are available from chipo@itoca.org. Any application which is not on the official form will not be considered.
  3. The application form will require:
    • A project summary (in English, French or Portuguese) of no more than 500 words. (Maximum 1side of A4). (see application form)
    • A work plan with time frames ( maximum 1 side of A4) (see application form)
    • A detailed budget (see application form)
    • Curriculum Vitae of the project lead and why/how they are qualified to undertake this project.
    • Brief details of partners and their roles.
  5. Applications should be submitted to chipo@itoca.org on or before 1 September 2014. Late entries will not be accepted.
  7. An email confirming receipt of application will be sent.
  9. Applicants are advised to study the assessment criteria below when preparing project proposals.
  11. The judges’ decision is final and the successful applicants will be notified by 19 September 2014.
Assessment criteria
  • Extent to which collaborative working and partnership is demonstrated
  • Extent to which the work project has been well thought out and structured 
  • Feasibility of project completion within the timescale.
  • Potential for future sustainability
  • Extent to which the proposed project will benefit the community
  • Demonstrated intention to share learning outcomes and benefits with wider LIS community
  • Willingness to participate in relevant publicity material or events
Information for the successful applicants
  • Successful applicants will need to provide details of an institutional bank account as funds cannot be transferred to personal accounts
  • A report of the activity, including a financial statement and photographs must be submitted no later than six weeks after the completion of the project.
  • Application deadline -- 1 September 2014
  • Winner notified -- By 19 September 2014
  • Project should be completed by -- 30 April 2015
  • Submission of project report -- Not more than 6 weeks after project completion
PAHI Award 2013
The 2013 recipients were Ms. Symprose Ouma for KenAHILA the Kenyan Chapter of AHILA and Ms. Monica Chipungahelo from the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre. Their project proposals were entitled “Enhancing Access to Health Information through Community Extension Health Workers (Chews) And Health Facility Chairpersons: A ToT Workshop” and “Promoting and Improving Public Access to Nutrition and health related Information in Health Facilities”.

Any intending applicants who have not attended a PAHI workshop are advised to familiarise themselves with the training materials used in the Cape Verde workshop (

Contacts: If you have any questions regarding the award and the process please contact Chipo Msengezi, Project Coordinator. Email:
chipo@itoca.org, Telephone: +27126634062

Deadline extended for AHILA 14 Call for Abstracts

The deadline for the submission of abstracts for the 14th Congress of AHILA/ AIBSA has been extended to 31 May 2014.

The event will take place in 2014 at Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania from 20th -24th October, 2014. The main theme is on:

ICTs, Access to c and Knowledge: building strong knowledge societies for sustainable development in Africa.

The sub-themes are:

  • ICT’s and health information and knowledge management systems for  sustainable development
  • Health information literacy and information behaviour
  • Social media networking and dissemination of health information and knowledge: its contribution to creating knowledge societies
  • Capacity building of Health Information Professionals: the role of LIS education in AfricaCapacity building of Health Information Professionals: the role of LIS education in Africa

The Congress will incorporate the 2nd HIFA International Conference (Healthcare Information For All, HIFA.org), where delegates will review progress made since the launch of HIFA at AHILA 10 (Mombasa, Kenya, 2006) and ways forward to accelerate progress towards Healthcare Information For All in Africa and worldwide.

The deadline for abstracts (maximum 500 words in English) is 31st of May 2014

HLG International Award

The HLG International Award was established in 2012 and is run in partnership with CILIP’s International Libraries Group (ILIG) and Partnerships in Health Information (Phi).

The award is aimed at health librarians working in a country served by the WHO’s HINARI scheme to low income countries.

 Award recipients benefit from a free place at HLG’s bi-annual conference, funding to support their expenses, and a tailored 1 week study programme comprising learning opportunities such as shadowing and participating in professional development visits. 

HLG-ILIG-Phi Award 2012

 The 2012 recipient was Masimba Muziringa, Medical Librarian at the University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Science Library. Masimba participated in a 2 week visit to UK, based in London, Birmingham and Glasgow with a detailed programme of professional activities and visits to health libraries in the NHS and Higher Education sector being planned by Phi, ILIG and HLG. 

Applications for the 2014 Award

Applications are now open for the 2014 Award. The deadline for receipt of applications is 3rd March 2014. More information

AHILA 14th Biennial Congress: Announcement and Call for Abstracts 20 - 24 October 2014

The Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA) is pleased to announce its 14th Biennial Congress scheduled to take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

 The main theme of the 14th AHILA Congress is: “ICTs and access to health information and knowledge for building strong knowledge societies for sustainable development in Africa”.

The Congress will incorporate the 2nd HIFA International Conference (Healthcare Information For All, HIFA.org), where delegates will review progress made since the launch of HIFA at AHILA 10 (Mombasa, Kenya, 2006) and ways forward to accelerate progress towards Healthcare Information For All in Africa and worldwide.

 For subthemes and registration details...Read more

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