Information for African communities in African languages

Do take a moment to look at Tutorials for Africa. These were created by the National Library of Medicine in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine at Makerere University, Uganda. The tutorials in both electronic and hard copy formats are for educating the general public about two common problems: – malaria and diarrhea. They are designed for use by health workers and medical students in Health Centres and Clinics.

Illustrations help to make the simple text more understandable – and, this is the best bit, the speech /text is not only in English, but in Swahili and 4 African languages: Luo, Japadhola, Luganda, Runyankole –  4 languages common in Uganda, but maybe spoken or understood outside its borders.

I also liked the 11 minute video by the medical students involved. Such enthusiasm and dedication to health made my day.

Did you like the tutorials? and do you think you can encourage health professionals to use them? Where would you make them available?

Maybe NLM would consider translation into other languages if you ask them to.

Jean Shaw, Partnerships in Health Information


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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