AHILA 16th Biennial Conference 2019: Announcement and Call for Abstracts (2)

6 January, 2019

Dear Grace Ajuwon,

Thank you for announcing the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA) 16 Biennial Conference to be held in Ibadan, Nigeria from 14-18 October, 2019.

I would like to thank AHILA and its members for 12 years of collaboration with HIFA to improve the availability and use of reliable healthcare information in Africa. HIFA was launched in 2006 at the AHILA Congress in Mombasa, Kenya, and AHILA was the first HIFA Supporting Organisation. Since then AHILA has been consistently represented on the HIFA Steering Group and we were delighted to welcome Grace Ajuwon onto the group in 2018.

The AHILA Congress is the most important event in the Africa health information and libraries calendar, and I hope that all HIFA members will give it whatever support they can.

Also, I would like to invite all HIFA members to consider participating in the Congress in person. In particular, would anyone in Nigeria like to participate on behalf of HIFA? If so, I would be delighted to work with you to prepare a short presentation about HIFA at the Congress, with a view to strengthen HIFA-AHILA collaboration even further. If you are interested, please email me: neil@hifa.org

I also note the four subthemes of the congress, all of which are relevant to HIFA, and encourage everyone to submit an abstract:

1. Application of ICTs to support medical education, quality health care and well-being

2. The contribution of health literacy to achieving health and well-being

3. Education and training for health sciences librarianship in the 21st century: is the curriculum addressing the need?

4. Reaching out to under-served communities to achieve health and well-being in Africa: contribution of health information professionals

See Grace's original email for further details:


Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, HIFA Project on Library and Information Services


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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 19,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org