21-25 June, 2021

Centurion, Pretoria, South Africa


ICML+AHILA 2021- A call for action: Engaging to save lives


The International Congress of Medical Librarianship (ICML) and the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA) are pleased to invite you to the June 2021 Congress which brings together medical librarians and other health information professionals, academics, researchers, and others from related disciplines.

ICML+AHILA 2021 takes place six years after the 2015 historic adoption of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals with a deadline of 2030. With less than ten years to achieve them, the UN has declared the need for a Decade of Action. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognises that health is directly or indirectly linked to all of the 17 goals.

The UNESCO Strategy on Education outlines several health-related goals.

The International 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.

Our conference will explore 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.


ICML+AHILA 2021- A call for action: Engaging to save lives

Call for Abstracts!

A call for action: Engaging to save lives”

The ICML+AHILA 2021 welcomes proposals for papers, posters, and lightning talks presenting research initiatives, case studies, and other projects; lessons learned and future trends should be shared. All proposals should address one of the six sub-themes outlined below:

  1. Accessibility: providing access to timely, affordable, and reliable health information.
  2. Collaboration and Partnerships: forming effective bonds to enable successful implementation.
  3. Epidemics and Pandemics: anticipating and responding to health crises.
  4. Science- and Evidence-based Practice: incorporating best data and information to achieve improved health.
  5. Sustainability: building structure and capacity for the future.
  6. Current actions in response to SDGs.

This call covers three types of format: Papers, Posters and Lightning talks. Proposals should specify the format.

Abstract Submission Deadline: 16 November 2020

Click here for the full call and abstract submission guidelines.

For more information, please 

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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