“EIFL-PLIP‘a global Innovation Awards programme recognizes inspiration and initiative in the public library sector. Awards are given to public libraries that replicate innovative public library community development services using ICT, on their own initiative.”
The provision of health information is one of their priority areas and they have examples of public libraries using mobile phones, SMS, internet radio, interactive websites or social networking tools to provide new ways of helping people to improve their health. The ones quoted by Jean Fairburn (HIFA 2015 – 22 November 2011) are not in Africa, but could provide a useful lead to extend the services you are already undertaking, planning or thinking about.
I know that many of you have links with the Public Library Sector and are interested in the provision and promotion of health information for the community; some of you have already attended workshops on Public Access to Health Information, using the IFLA/FAIFE materials. I hope that you will find their website (see above) a useful source of ideas – EIFL (as well as Phi) would be delighted to hear about them.
Jean Shaw – Partnerships in Health Information