The 15th Biennial AHILA Congress was held during 17 – 21 October 2016 in Kampala Uganda. The theme of the conference was: Access to and utilisation of health information in Africa. New challenges. New solutions.
Makerere University School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bioengineering was the proud host of the event, where 20 papers were presented, two workshops were conducted and 19 countries were represented (Bostwana, Central African Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Egypt, Eritrea, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of South African, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia and Zimbabwe).
The event was highly energized by the motivational and inspirational speeches and presentations given by the Guest of Honor: Dr. Edward Mukooyo, Assistant Commissioner – Health Information Services – Ministry of Health, Uganda and the Keynote Speaker: Ms. Kimberly Parker of the Hinari Programme – World Health Organisation, Switzerland. These set the tone for the successful conference.
Papers presented where under these Sub-themes:
- Health information and rural communities.
- Librarians and Evidence Based Healthcare.
- Evolving Medical education curriculum
- Capacity building of Health Information Professionals: the role of LIS education in Africa (Curricular design and instruction)
- Communicable and non-communicable diseases
- Preservation of rare medical records
- ICTs and health information provision and access
AHILA wishes to thank the Local Organising Commitee who worked tirelessly for close to 18 months to ensure the objectives of the Congress were met. Thank you Uganda chapter of AHILA.
We also would like to thank all the sponsors and exhibitors for their much appreciated financial support: ITOCA, Wolters Kluwer, Elsevier, WHO, Makerere University, Jaypee Digital, Research4Life and Partnerships in Health Information.
The next AHILA Congress 2018 will be hosted in Central African Republic. See you there!