Health workers are making good use of the Kenya National Library Service’s e-health corners for research and study and to seek information about treatment of illnesses.
The e-health corners – dedicated space where health workers can use the internet to access online health resources- were set up in two branch libraries, in Eldoret and Kisumu. Librarians trained 1,600 people, including health workers, students and members of the public, to use the e-health corners.
Kisumu and Eldoret both face special health issues. Kisumu district has the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in Kenya, and because it is located on the banks of Lake Victoria, struggles with malaria. Eldoret, in the Great Rift Valley, has significant levels of tropical diseases.
KNLS conducted a survey of health workers who used the e-health corners. Results showed that over 95% had successfully found the resources they were looking for.
The two branch libraries are now recognised as significant health information providers, and regularly host lectures for the general public on topics of local importance, like HIV/AIDS, personal hygiene, malaria, TB and sexually transmitted diseases. Lecturers use the resources in the e-health corners to prepare their presentations.
KNLS is seeking further funding to extend the e-health corners to other branch libraries. A key partner, the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, is continuing to support the e-health corners with resources and by organising lectures.
My thanks to Jean Fairbairn of EIFL for this report.
Nigel Palmer Phi