Recent activities  of Kenya Health Librarians

Ken-AHILA the Kenya Chapter of the Association for Health Information and libraries has a rich history. This is what it has achieved from 2012-2014.

Public Health – Information Access (begun in 2009)

  • Oloishobor Health Dispensary is a a Government Dispensary in a rural area serving mainly the Masai community. With the support of the Kenya Ministry of Health and the National Library of Medicine a model Information resource centre was established by members of Ken-AHILA using different formats for specific target groups at all literacy levels and including persons with disabilities.
  • Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) are a vital part of the health system in rural areas and areas of deprivation. A two day training workshop on Enhancing Access to Health Information for Improved Health Care was organized and carried out for the Chairpersons of Dispensaries and Community Health Extension Workers as well as individual CHEWs. A  ‘train-the-trainers’ approach was used so that the knowledge and skills gained could reach a wider audience.

 Open Access

  • With a grant from EIFL, Ken-AHILA in partnership with the University of Nairobi mobilised resources and arranged a workshop on different aspects of Open Access (including institutional repositories; copyright and plagiarism) for researchers drawn from various institutions around the country including a representative from the Ministry of Health. Other participating institutions included universities, the Kenya Medical Research Institute, AMREF, Kenyatta Hospital and Family Health International.

Despite the difficulties in maintaining monthly meetings and an uncertain financial circumstances, the members of Ken-AHILA a committed to,”the wellness of Kenyan society through the provision and access to quality and timely health information”. Their work is founded on the premise that partnership with other organizations is an effective way of meeting their vision and objectives.

Thanks to Ken-AHILA for allowing us to publish this extract from the Ken-AHILA Country Report, 2012-2014 given at the AHILA Congress in October 2014.

Jean Shaw, Phi.

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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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