“APP also supports health, legal and reintegration projects. It sees libraries at the heart of its activities …”
This is from a published report by Susan Mahony who works on collection development for APP and visited Uganda last year. She and Maria Cotera met Glorias Aslimwere (the only prison librarian in the country) who has worked hard to build relationships with both staff and inmates in several prisons around Kampala and Entebbe. The success of Glorias programme of literacy, reading and discussion groups is evidenced by their popularity with the prisoners and their motivation to learn and attend. Susan writes, “I have never seen such animated reading groups as those I attended at Luzira [prison] …” Each APP location has a book box from which inmates can select their own books; one of the problems is that there are limited numbers of appropriate titles. Glorias’s work is truly inspiring and the UK CILIP Careers Development Group is to be thanked for making Susan’s visit possible.
There is considerable overlap in the aims of PHI and APP with regard to supporting librarians and greater access to health information. Representatives of the two organizations have worked together in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Jean Shaw, Partnerships in Health Information