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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


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Call for Applications - IFLA participation grant

AHILA in collaboration with the Norwegian Library Association (Section for Medicine and Health) are pleased to announce a Participation grant for the IFLA World Library and Information Congress during 15-21 August 2015

Objectives of the Grant
The purpose of this travel grants is to enable a library and information science (LIS) professional in an AHILA member country to participate in the upcoming IFLA World Library and Information Congress during 15-21 August 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Funds Available
The grant will award a total of USD1300 which can be used toward the expenses involved in participating in IFLA WLIC 2015. These costs can include travel, accommodation and/or registration fee. 
NB the award may not be enough to cover all the expenses, therefore the applicant may need to source additional funds from elsewhere. 

Eligibility Criteria
  1. The 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 – treasurer@ahila.org).
  2. Applicants should be junior LIS professionals with five (5) years or less experience working.
  3. Applicant should be from a health science information or related field.
  4. The grant is open only to residents of African countries. 
  5. N.B. Priority will be given to applicants who are going to present an original work or poster at IFLA.
Application forms can be downloaded here: 

A new Executive Committee Elected

At the recently held AHILA 14 Congress a new Executive Committee was elected into office. 

We would like to welcome the incoming AHILA President, Dr Rehema Chande Mallya and her Executive and wish them every success during their term in office. 

Find more information about the Executive Committee here


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Ugandan medical librarians win African health award
Two medical librarians from Uganda, Dr Alison Kinengyere and Ms Glorias Asiimwe, respectively Chair and Secretary of UG-AHILA, (the local country chapter of the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa)  received a prestigious award for their report on health information activities in their country on 20 October 2014. Granted by AHILA and Partnerships in Health Information (Phi), the prize of £500 was sponsored by CABI, publishers of world-renowned bibliographic database, Global Health. Vice President of Tanzania, Mohamed Gharib Bilal, presented the award to the winners at the 14th AHILA Congress, which is taking place 20-24 October 2014 in Dar es Salaam.

The prize is intended to strengthen and support an existing AHILA chapter or facilitate the process of forming a country chapter with links to its national library association. Entrants were asked to describe partnership activities and events relevant to health information in their country, and show how they would spend the prize money to strengthen future health information activities.

Reviewed by a committee of distinguished international information professionals, judges said the librarians’ report was, “compelling in demonstrating a clear desire to develop the AHILA chapter, both in terms of activities and extended membership. Their objectives for the use of funding were clear and realistic.”

Dr Alison Kinengyere of Albert Cook Medical Library, Makerere University and Ms Glorias Asiimwe of Busitema University were very excited to win the award. “When I heard the news”, said Alison, “I felt humbled and thrilled that Glorias and I had won the award. Our Chapter has challenges and this will encourage and inspire us in overcoming them.”

Alison Kinengyere has worked with Phi organizing training workshops on the role that health librarians can play in improving public access to health information. A health librarian’s skill set is important for sourcing reliable evidence-based health information, partnership building and collaboration across professions. Glorias Asiimwe was formerly Education Lead at the African Prisons Project and is now Medical Librarian at Busitema University School of Medicine (BUSM), which is the newest medical school in Uganda, having been part of Busitema University.

His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Gharib Bilal, Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, opened the AHILA Congress. He commented that the use of ICTs to enhance the management, access and sharing of health information and knowledge, particularly in Africa’s rural communities where information asymmetries are more pronounced, is a development priority; the skills and expertise of AHILA’s members could make a significant contribution. He urged that they develop realistic, focused and implementable strategies and recommendations.

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