Guide to Training Resources

This guide to training resources in health care, social work, medicine  and related fields on the internet ( free or low cost ) is produced annually by the American International Health Alliance and compiled by Irina Ibraghimova, Library and Information Management Specialist at HealthConnect International.

A link has also been made on Phi’s Selected Health Information Resources for Africa site to the guide on the HIFA website.

Thanks to Irina Ibraghimova and HIFA for alerting us to this resource which is hosted on the HIFA website.

Nigel Palmer                                            Phi

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BMA Information Fund 2016: Now Accepting Applications

The BMA ( British Medical Association ) Information Fund 2016 is now open for applications until 5pm on Thursday 8 September 2016 ( UK time ) or until the cap of 100 applications has been reached.

The Information Fund provides health information and educational materials to health focused organisations in developing countries. Requests are prioritised from organisations that can demonstrate that the requested resources are tailored to their needs, the materials will be readily utilised by a significant number of people, and have demonstrable impact. The books can mean the difference between life and death through updating and increasing the knowledge of healthcare workers in developing countries. Improving access to quality health information further supports local and national efforts to reach UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Who can apply ?                                                                                                                   -Health care institutions                                                                             -Medical schools                                                                                           -Libraries                                                                                                       -Health focused non governmental organisations and similar organisations

What do we donate ?                                                                                   -Educational and training materials ( e.g. books, CDs, DVDs )                 -There is a maximum limit of £2000 for each application. However, quantities requested may be reduced due to the high number of applications                                                                                                   -We do not donate money

More information and application forms. 

Nigel Palmer                                     Phi

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OPT-IN : Overseas Partnering and Training Initiative

This charity was founded in 2000 and works from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to deliver training with partner hospitals in low income countries which will ” result  in the sustained development in the health care services within these countries- Bangladesh, Madagascar, Swaziland, Uganda”.

Thanks to the HIFA post on 7th July we learn that they have been involved in the ” teaching of the rehabilitation of stroke at the second international congress of the Association of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine of Madagascar in April. THis was highly successful but we were all aware that very few in the country get access to rehabilitation as yet and this applies to many in much of sub Saharan Africa “.

See their website. 

Nigel Palmer                               Phi

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Diversity in Practice-Congress 12-16 June, 2017

The International Congress of Medical Librarianship and the European Association for Health Information and Libraries Workshop will be held in Dublin next year. The call for papers is now open: Diversity in Practice: integrating, inspiring and innovative.

Sub themes are : Leadership and values, integration, technology, education and learning, consumer health, research and evidence based librarianship.

For more information visit their website. 

Nigel Palmer                                       Phi





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IMARK: Promoting self-learning for people involved with information management and knowledge sharing.


The Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) is a partnership-based e-learning initiative created in 2001, which aims to improve the capabilities of people involved with information management and knowledge sharing. IMARK is a consortium of 13 members and CTA has been an active member since its creation.

Targeted at information professionals in developing countries, IMARK consists of a suite of free e-learning courses available online, on CD-ROM and as a downloadable package. The e-learning courses are being developed using the latest pedagogical models and methodologies, and provide an interactive environment for self-paced learning.

Each IMARK curriculum is designed through a consultative process with subject matter experts, field practitioners and representatives from the target audience from around the world. Learners, especially in developing countries use IMARK developed courses and trainings to develop skills and knowledge.

Some of the courses include:

  • Scientific and Technical Writing
  • Strategic Approaches to Information
  • Social Media for Development
  • Management of Spatial Information
  • Knowledge Sharing for Development
  • Digital Libraries, Repositories and Documents
  • Networking in Support of Development
  • Building Electronic Communities and Networks

Find out more

Study and download IMARK online courses


Chipo Msengezi, ITOCA

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INFORMED AND HEALTHY – Theoretical and applied perspectives on the value of information to health care

The University of Makerere’s  Professor Maria Musoke has recently launched her new book Informed and Healthy – Theoretical and applied perspectives on the value of information to health care which is now available from the Elsevier Store, other retailers and in eBook Format – on 70 platform partners, including Amazon Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Barnes & Noble NOOK and Kobo.

The book launch was supported by the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme at the University of Winchester, UK in May 2016.

Phi would like to congratulate Prof Musoke, who is a long time partner of Phi and member of AHILA, on this great achievement. More about the book is below.

Informed and Healthy: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives on the Value of Information to Health Care focuses on two major issues: the value attributed to information by users and its effect on health care, and secondly, a new model of information behavior in which the value of information drives the various information activities’ unlike many information models which tend to give prominence to information needs.

The book uses rich qualitative data to highlight the health information services in Uganda, and expands the analysis by comparing it to other systems utilized by different countries at diverse levels of development. Topics such as access and use of information, value attribution and effect on health outcomes, and modelling information behavior and its implications on health informatics are discussed in detail.

This book is a valuable resource to health professionals, planners and policy makers, as well as information professionals, academics and researchers interested in health information and its applicability in different environments.

Maria G. N. Musoke holds a PhD in Information Science from the University of Sheffield, UK. She is a Professor of Information Science at the School of Library and Information Science at Makerere University, Uganda, and the first Ugandan woman to become a Professor of Information Science and to hold a PhD in that field.


Chipo Msengezi, ITOCA

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Zika Communication Network

K4Health, along with USAID and the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), is pleased to announce the Zika Communication Network (ZCN) – to support communities currently affected—and those that will soon be affected—by Zika. ZCN connects responders with state-of-the-art knowledge and tools that they can readily use or adapt to their particular context and response plan. ZCN strives to contribute to the following goals:

  • Empower communities to tackle the Zika epidemic.
  • Provide health care workers with quality counseling and training materials.
  • Equip policymakers and other advocates with communication materials and policy and preparedness guidelines to curb the spread of Zika and promote prevention.

Visit the ZCN regularly as they roll out new features and contribute to the collection of curated resources.

Source: HIFA member, Lisa Basalla, Program Specialist with the INFO Project, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs.

Chipo Msengezi, ITOCA

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Videos available: Diabetes in Pregnancy: Stories from Saint Lucia

Thanks to Ms Abi Alayo, Librarian at Barts Health NHS Trust for alerting us to this.

Diabetes is considered to be the biggest global health crisis faced today.  Around 422 million adults live with the condition, resulting in 1.5 million deaths per year, and these numbers are expected to double in the next 20 years [Francis Webster |Head of Development |Medical Aid Films taken from HIFA].

But one type of diabetes that often goes unrecognized is gestational diabetes, which develops in pregnancy and affects an estimated 3.7 million births each year.

The videos aim to raise awareness of diabetes in pregnancy, how to manage the risks through healthy diet and exercise, and how to reduce your chances of developing  type 2 diabetes later in life.

Watch or download the videos

Chipo Msengezi, ITOCA

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How can health research from LMICs be made more accessible? Highlights of HIFA discussion

Thanks to Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator, for updating and informing us on the developments through his post on HIFA.

From 6 June to 3 July 2016 HIFA hosted a thematic discussion around an important and neglected question: How can health research from low- and middle-income countries be made more accessible? This builds upon a previous, broader discussion on Access to Health Research, which led to the Manila Declaration on the Availability and Use of Health Research Information in and for Low- and Middle-income Countries in the Asia Pacific Region.

Selected highlights of the discussion are available here:

Topics included:

  • Low research capacity
  • Failure to publish research
  • Publishing charges
  • Prejudice against national journals
  • Prejudice against open access journals
  • Cochrane: moving towards open access and increased engagement of LMICs WAME Position Statement on Promoting Global Health.


The discussion raises further questions):

  1. What percentage of health research in LMICs is never published?
  2. What more can be done to retain health researchers in LMICs?
  3. What percentage of dissertations (in Africa, in LMICs) are published? How can we encourage more academics to publish their dissertations?
  4. What can be done to remove prejudice against national journals?
  5. What can be done to remove prejudice against open access journals? What can be done to help researchers distinguish clearly between predatory journals and reputable OA journals?
  6. What is the current position of the Medical Council of India in relation to ‘e-journals’? What is the position of other professional bodies in other countries?
  7. What is WAME doing (or would like to do) to help make the various parts of the statement a reality? What can other organisations (publishers, professional associations, HIFA) do to help accelerate progress?


Chipo Msengezi, ITOCA


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Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET) Library

The Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET) Library is a digital library containing resources for BMETs working in the developing world. It hosts an open-source collection with information about repair and preventative maintenance of medical devices, healthcare technology management, Biomedical Equipment Technician’s Assistant skills, as well as resources on a variety of topics like mathematics, electronics, physiology and more!

The library was created by Engineering World Health (EWH) and Robert Malkin’s Developing World Healthcare Technologies Laboratory. The aim is to make useful resources available to technicians practicing in the clinical environment, as well as to instructors and students in the biomedical field.

Access the library at

Based on news shared by Cassandra Stanco (on HIFA) a Digital Librarian and Project Lead at Engineering World Health (EWH) BMET Library, USA.


Chipo Msengezi, ITOCA

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