Our original congress planned for 2021 was postponed due to the impact of COVID-19. In 2022, we will be hosting the first blended ICML, with participants joining us virtually as well as in person.

To learn more about how COVID-19 is being handled within South Africa.

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The International Congress of Medical Librarianship (ICML) will be coming to the African continent for the first time in 2022. The Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA) are the perfect partners. Combining these international and regional conferences provides an important platform to hear about the latest research, share learning and discuss best practice.

This will be a blended event, open to participants and sponsors both in person and online.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes that health is directly or indirectly linked to all of the 17 goals.

The UNESCO Strategy on Education outlines several health-related goals and the Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has been documenting the contribution of libraries in: ‘Access and opportunities for all: How libraries contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda.’ Worldwide, there are national, institutional, regional, and local initiatives focusing on improving the health and wellbeing of citizens.

With less than ten years to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, our joint theme A call for action: Engaging to save lives reflects the contributions that medical librarians and other information professionals are making to achieve global health goals by connecting, engaging, and ultimately improving health and saving lives.

Call for Abstracts

The ICML+AHILA 2022 welcomes proposals for papers, posters, and lightning talks presenting research initiatives, case studies, and other projects.

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Exposure at this event would be hugely beneficial as this is an ideal setting to network and build new relationships while at the same time creating awareness for your products and services.

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This conference is a great opportunity to reach numerous delegates as it serves as an ideal business and networking setting. To express your interest as a sponsor.

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10% Off Early Bird

Enjoy the benefit of a discounts when you book early for the congress. This ensures your space is secured and you can rest easy.

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Dr. Gracian Chimwaza

Chair Of The LOC South Africa

Barbara Lison

IFLA President, Germany

Dr. Grace Ajuwon

University Of Ibadan Nigeria

Prof Omwoyo Onyancha

University Of South Africa, South Africa

Prof. Maria Musoke

Kyambogo University Uganda

Prof Kristine Alpi

Medical Library Association, United States Of America

Ylann Schemm

Elsevier, Netherlands


Virtual/Online Delegates

Delegates from developing countries
$70 USD
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Virtual/Online Delegates

Delegates from developed countries
$200 USD
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Non AHILA Members
$500 USD
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ICML+AHILA Congress Preliminary Timetable

15 March

Day Zero
09 AM – 04 PM
Moderator: Dr. Grace Ajuwon

CPD Workshops

16 March

Day One
08:45 AM – 07:15 PM
Moderator: Dr. Gracian Chimwaza
Keynote speaker 1: Barbara Lison
Keynote speaker 2: Prof. Maria, N. Musoke
Official Opening

17 March

Day Two
10:45 AM – 09:40 PM
Moderator: Prof. Dennis Ocholla
Keynote speaker: Ylann Schemm
Social Event/ networking Session

18 March

Day Three
10:45 AM – 07:40 PM
Moderator: Marshall Dozier
Keynote Speaker 1: Prof. Omwoyo Onyancha
Keynote Speaker 2: Kristine Alpi



AHILA represents health library and Information Specialists and Professionals


The Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA) is a professional association founded in 1984 with 46 member countries, partners and collaborators worldwide.


AHILA members are librarians, information specialists or organisations and commercial companies with an interest in health sciences information. Everyone is welcome to join AHILA.

“In recent years, tremendous progress has been made toward providing health information in Africa, in part because of technological advancements. Nevertheless, ensuring that information is accessible, comprehensible, and usable remains problematic, and there remain needs in many settings to address issues such as computer skills, literacy, and the infrastructure to access information.”
– Grace Ajuwon
President of AHILA


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