Senegal Workshop on Public Access to Health Information (PAHI)

Workshop planning and delivery was an international team effort with excellent local support led by Ibrahima Bob, former President of the Association for Health Information and Libraries (AHILA) working with Maïmouna Diallo, Director of the Library and Media Centre at  ENDA. The workshop was jointly facilitated by IFLA /FAIFE Committee member Philippe Colombe from the Pompidou Centre Library in Paris and Ibrahima Bob.

 The Director of ENDA, who opened the Workshop, insisted that, Librarians must come out of the libraries to provide information to the people who need it.

To mark the event two national TV channels included a feature on the importance of public access to reliable health information and the role of librarians.

Philippe Colombe presented an overview of the PAHI learning materials. The workshop structure has a flexible format to promote discussion;  and the materials are a catalyst to explore ways in which health librarians can promote access to reliable health information. Ibrahima Bob gave examples of what librarians can do to spread health information – especially through partnership working.

Short scenarios were written by the facilitators for group discussion aimed at stimulating the expertise of participants towards practical outcomes. Very lively feedback followed and a second set of scenarios was also discussed.

Ibrahima Bob spoke about localising the AHILA strategy (a French version to be circulated).  Country Chapters are urged to work closely with Public Libraries and other stakeholders to ensure that access to health information reaches all communities.

See summary report – a longer report with French translation will follow.

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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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