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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.



History:
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

Vision:
Leader in promoting access and use of health information in Africa
 

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News & Updates

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 1 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 1st 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


AHILA at the 15th LIASA Annual Conference


AHILA this year will be represented at the LIBRARY AND INFORMATION ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA (LIASA) annual conference.
AHILA's president Nasra Gathoni submitted an abstract and workshop proposal of which both were accepted. She be presenting a paper entitled "Transforming health information for better health in Africa: opportunities and prospects for librarians".

AHILA's proposal was accepted to facilitate a pre-conference training workshop. Read more



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Dear Colleagues,

I wish to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to all AHILA members for the confidence and opportunity given to me to serve the Association in the capacity as the President. This is indeed a great honour and I feel extremely privileged. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the rest of the executive members who were elected to office. more...
 

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