Partnerships in Health Information

The Phi Board has unanimously decided that, effective from 30th September, 2016 Phi would cease to be an independent charity and become a programme of the Centre for Global Health at the University of Winchester.

We are delighted that this merger keeps Phi alive as an operation, provides administrative support and a recognisable and solid university base which should enable us to continue our former activities and perhaps expand them.

We, therefore, find ourselves in a period of transition and so the administrator of this site has decided to suspend further activity until its new role in support of a programme within the Centre for Global Health has been decided.

We thank all our friends and followers and hope that you will continue your support.

Jean G. Shaw

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THET Conference, 20-21 October 2016

5 Reasons to Attend Our Conference
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A two-day event combining plenary sessions, workshops and practical micro-labs, our conference allows you to explore key topics related to health partnership work in-depth. Places are filling up quickly, so purchase your ticket now!
The conference will focus on the theme, ‘Evidence, Effectiveness and Impact’, debating the role health partnerships can play in response to the challenges set by the Sustainable Development Goals.


1. Global Health Leaders

Key-note lectures from leading global health professionals from the UK and abroad. Speakers on both days will explore how the UK can best respond to the SDGs, and deliver the transformative change required.

2. Thematic workshops
40 abstracts will be presented by their authors during a series of thematic workshops. Download our Abstract Booklet and find out which workshops you are interested in.
3. Practical Micro-labs
Video-making, fundraising, digital health and much more! These sessions are designed to equip you with innovative and practical skills to help run training courses and promote your project.

4. Southern voices 
The conference will be an opportunity for all attendees to meet with professionals from all over the world, explore solutions together and make new connections for future collaboration.

5. Exhibitors
Organisations from across the healthcare sector and more are set to contribute to a lively and varied exhibition with a number of activities and networking opportunities.

Places are filling up fast! 80% of tickets have now been sold. Don’t miss out!
Shillibeers’ Bar & Grill

1 Carpenter’s Mews, London, N7 9EF
Oct 20th 5.30pm

After the conference, join us for an evening reception at Shillibeers’ hosted by Dan Poulter MP. THET will be launching its latest policy paper examining how health partnerships support global health initiatives and bring mutual benefits to the NHS, academic institutions and overseas partners.
HIFA Pre-conference Discussion  

Healthcare Information For All (HIFA) are hosting an online discussion on health partnership research. This is an excellent opportunity to gain data driven insight into the impact of partnership work.
Join the conversation by becoming  a member of the HIFA forum or THET’s Community of Practice.
THET is reliant on donations from individuals to train health workers overseas. Support us today.
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Re: The Need for Librarians


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Regarding the Need for Librarians


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The Need for Librarians

[From HIFA]
Dear Neil,

I think libraries are indeed very much necessary for the dissimulation of health related information, particularly to cover the needs of health care workers in the field. True, scientists can find anything on Google, but health care workers and medical practitioners in Africa (or anywhere else) may not have the wherewithal, the time or the bandwidth to rapidly find pertinent information, guidelines or practical videos in an emergency situation.

Libraries and specialized content providers or aggregators can do the footwork, scrutinize millions of documents for relevancy, categorize and present just a short selection of the most germane articles to download and to keep for future reference.

All the user in the field has to do is to build up his personal knowledge base that allows him to quickly locate required information again in the mass of material that inevitably accumulates on his system over time.

Best regards,
John W. Miescher

HIFA profile: John Miescher works with BizGraphic in Switzerland. miescher AT

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Africn Journal Partnership Project.

[Copied from HIFA forum,]

Back in (I think) 2003 WHO’s Tropical Disease Research Programme, recognised that African medical and scientific publishing was in the doldrums and took the initiative to establish the Forum of African Medical Editors (FAME). I recall attending the inaugural meeting. There was a lot of enthusiasm, quite a bit of training, but alas the one thing that was really needed was absent… money!  But FAME was a valuable rallying point, bringing mentoring and focus to an important area, and providing much promise for the future.

But this focus proved to also be its downfall. Someone somewhere had the bright idea of twinning a number of leading journals in Africa with leading journals internationally. An application went in to the The Fogarty International Center (part of the National Institues of Health) and the African Journal Partnership Project was borne.

Inadvertently it cherry picked some of the brightest and best from Africa, which removed the femurs of FAME … and that organisation floundered thereafter.

But while AJPP continues to prosper, albeit only with a limited number of journal links, the rest of Africa’s medical publications remain very much on their own.

Bryan Pearson is the editor of Africa Health

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Zika Resource Portal from Wolter Kluwer

The Health division of Wolters Kluwer has launched the Zika Resource Portal, a single point of access to trusted clinical knowledge and current information to help healthcare professionals worldwide stay up-to-date on the rapidly spreading virus.

The portal provides complimentary access to leading evidence-based point-of-care clinical, learning and research solutions from Wolters Kluwer, as well as continuous updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).

 In conjunction with the portal, Wolters Kluwer is launching a multifaceted digital educational campaign featuring Zika experts sharing the latest findings in a variety of formats, including podcasts, journal articles, blogs, interactive videos and Twitter Talks.  The portal and campaign will also feature information for the public, including symptoms to look for and preventive measures to protect against contracting the virus. The campaign centrepiece is a question and answer-style video which debuted August 19 featuring Betsy Todd, RN, MPH, CIC, clinical editor of the American Journal of Nursing and an infectious disease expert.

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Open Access and the African Journal Partnership Project

Neil Pakenham -Walsh of HIFA has written :

” For some time now I have been applauding on HIFA the fact that so many medical journals published in Africa are now available open access. This really is a remarkable shift to improve the availability of health research in Africa.

I have been trying to find out how such journals are able to make this transition to open access and thereby inspire other African medical journals to do the same. I think I have perhaps found the answer- the African Journal Partnership Project- in the editorial of the latest issue of Malawi Medical Journal “.

” The MMJ: a Work in Glowing Progress ” by Chiwoza Bandawa.

Nigel Palmer                                    Phi

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Open Repository

As of 28th July 2016 Open Repository has been acquired from BioMed Central / Springer-Nature by Atmire NV, a leading open access repository specialist headquartered in Belgium and the USA.

Nigel Palmer                                 Phi

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Undertaking an Information Needs Assessment- a Guide

This guide was produced by the UK Health Forum, Research and Information Services Team with support from Public Health England. Public Health practitioners require data on the information channels used by the population, which can be difficult to find. Knowledge and library services can support public health initiatives by ensuring that library and other services fit the users’ needs.

” This guide is primarily designed for knowledge and library services, but it can be used by anyone who is responsible for building and developing information products and services in public health, for example ; websites, repositories, blogs, library websites, print and electronic resources “.

It covers : Background information, methods, compiling questions, piloting/launching the assessment, analysing the results. Included are helpful action points.

Thanks to Emma Hughes and the EAHIL List ( European Association for Health Information and Libraries ) for this information.

Nigel Palmer                               Phi

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