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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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
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.
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
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
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