Last month Phi hosted a week long visit to London by Nasra Gathoni – President of the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA) . One of the reasons for Nasra’s visit was to participate in the HIFA2015 conference Addressing the information needs of healthcare providers in low-income countries, held at the British Medical Association. Nasra co-presented a paper with Shane Godbolt (Director of Phi). AHILA & Phi are proud of being the first two Supporting Organisations of the Healthcare Information For All by 2015 advocacy campaign The paper underlined how Information and Communications Technologies(ICTs) were redefining the role of librarians and library service development and emphasised the contribution that health information specialists/ librarians make to developing health.
Nasra also co-facilitated a web-conference with Neil Pakenham Walsh (Coordinator, HIFA 2015 Campaign).
During the remainder of her packed programme Nasra was able to undertake a range of visits and meetings focused on building AHILA and taking forward its strategy as well as meeting up with Ken-AHILA’s UK partner Ken-HIP (a consortium of libraries based around Bristol) to discuss continuing collaboration. Phi values working with AHILA and it was good to hear from Nasra on her return that she found it “a very fruitful week with very valuable meetings and discussions.”
For a fuller report see the Phi website.