Problem solving health information outreach to rural areas in Uganda

Professor Maria Musoke spoke to a meeting of Phi Officers and representatives from Elsevier about the current Elsevier project for information outreach to community members and health workers in different districts of Uganda. A team including doctors and librarians have visited three outlying districts in Uganda in the past year. The topics raised and reports on the sessions with health workers and community members are published in the Uganda Health Information Digest for September to December 2010.

This publication is much appreciated as the articles are topical and relevant; and the abstracts are useful to the many health workers who do not have access to the internet. Its popularity is a fitting tribute to the work led by Sara Mbaga whose death has touched many of her friends in the UK as well as in Africa.

The UK partners in the project are working with their Ugandan colleagues towards making the Uganda Health Information Digest available online, where we believe it will be as welcome in other African countries as it is in Uganda.

The afternoon session was attended by the UK partner (Donna Schofield – Manchester) with Gulu University/ Hospital and by Hannah Wood of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Discussions ranged around a central theme of communication between organizations based or working in Uganda, the possibilities of improved networking and collaboration, and how such a process might be achieved.

From left to right: Professor Maria Musoke (Makerere University Librarian);  Mr.Nick Naftalin  (Chair: Phi Board of Trustees);  Mrs Shane Godbolt (Phi Director) – plus thank-you present from Maria.

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About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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