Second Round of Public Access To Health Information Grants

Phi in collaboration with AHILA is pleased to announce a second round of funding for Improving Public Access to Health Information (PAHI).  

The aim of the small grant is to enable health librarians/ health information professionals to carry out a project of their choosing.

Purpose of the small grant

The Association for Health Information & Libraries in Africa (AHILA) and Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) have been working together to incorporate Public Access to Health Information (PAHI) as a strand within AHILA’s strategic work.

The main aim of the PAHI initiative has been to discuss what librarians can do, especially through partnership, to improve public access to health information.

The challenge is to develop an idea which will promote public access to health information in your country or community. Phi and AHILA are looking for innovative proposals. Preference will be given to proposals which involve team working with other professions; or bodies like government departments, or with other networks e.g. churches or non-profit organisations. Females are encouraged to apply.

In this round there will be one award of £1000 sponsored in full by Phi. .


  1. The lead applicant must be a paid up member of AHILA through either individual or institutional membership. (Applications should include an email from the AHILA Treasurer confirming membership – or
  2. The grant is open to residents of African countries.
  3. Entries will be accepted in English, French or Portuguese.
  4. NB. AHILA Executive members are not eligible for this grant, but are however encouraged to work together with local AHILA members in developing ideas and implementing the projects.

Proposals coming from country chapters of AHILA will be favourably considered. If any intending applicants are uncertain how to get in touch with a local AHILA member/chapter please contact


Application Instructions

  1. Application forms are available from Any application which is not on the official form will not be considered.
  2. The application form will require:
    • A project summary (in English, French or Portuguese) of no more than 500 words. (Maximum 1side of A4). (see application form)
    • A work plan with time frames ( maximum 1 side of A4) (see application form)
    • A detailed budget (see application form)
    • Curriculum Vitae of the project lead and why/how they are qualified to undertake this project.
    • Brief details of partners and their roles.
  3.  Applications should be submitted to on or before 1 September 2014. Late entries will not be accepted.
  4. An email confirming receipt of application will be sent.
  5. Applicants are advised to study the assessment criteria below when preparing project proposals.
  6. The judges’ decision is final and the successful applicants will be notified by 19 September 2014.

 Assessment criteria

  • Extent to which collaborative working and partnership is demonstrated
  • Extent to which the work project has been well thought out and structured
  • Feasibility of project completion within the timescale.
  • Potential for future sustainability
  • Extent to which the proposed project will benefit the community
  • Demonstrated intention to share learning outcomes and benefits with wider LIS community
  • Willingness to participate in relevant publicity material or events

Information for the successful applicants

  • Successful applicants will need to provide details of an institutional bank account as funds cannot be transferred to personal accounts
  • A report of the activity, including a financial statement and photographs must be submitted no later than six weeks after the completion of the project.



  • Application deadline — 1 September 2014
  • Winner notified — By 19 September 2014
  • Project should be completed by — 30 April 2015
  • Submission of project report — Not more than 6 weeks after project completion

PAHI Award 2013

The 2013 recipients were Ms. Symprose Ouma for KenAHILA the Kenyan Chapter of AHILA and Ms. Monica Chipungahelo from the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre. Their project proposals were entitled “Enhancing Access to Health Information through Community Extension Health Workers (Chews) And Health Facility Chairpersons: A ToT Workshop” and “Promoting and Improving Public Access to Nutrition and health related Information in Health Facilities”.

Any intending applicants who have not attended a PAHI workshop are advised to familiarise themselves with the training materials used in the Cape Verde workshop (


If you have any questions regarding the award and the process please contact Chipo Msengezi, Project Coordinator. Email:, Telephone: +27126634062


Chipo Msengezi         ITOCA



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