Reports from eight projects funded by the Elsevier Foundation provided the content for a session on the 2nd day of the Congress. It explored the conundrum of how to map improved access to health information to health outcomes. Creating a methodology would help medical librarians contribute to significant research on the role of information in health care, improve funding for libraries—not to mention the overall recognition of the work that health librarians do. Phi was involved in two of the projects:
· Muhimbili University’s health librarian Dr. Tandi Lwoga’s work to strengthenprofessional skills in evidence-based healthcare in Tanzania;
· Makerere University’s Dr. Maria Musoke’s project to Enhance access to research for health workers in Uganda and community health problem solving.
Training initiatives in evidence based healthcare was the focus of the following two reports:
Collaboration for evidence based healthcare – coordinated by the Royal Tropical Institute in the Netherlands. This has taken place in various institutes across 8 African countries;. The Ghana Emergency Medicine Collaborative – a collaboration to improve care between universities in Ghana, the Ghana Ministry of Health and the University of Michigan Library.
Other projects described were:
An e-library training initiative – instructional materials undertaken by MLA/ Librarians Without Borders to support trainers; Enhancing access to research for academic and research institutions in Central and West Africa – a project by ITOCA to improve the uptake of Reasearch4Life in support of research; Information/library needs assessment for medical research and health care delivery initiatives in Botswana – a collaboration between Botswana institutions and the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and Book Aid International’s Health Corners across 15 Kenyan Public Libraries.
Jean Shaw, Phi