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's vision is to become a leader in promoting access and use of health information in Africa


Dr Grace Ajuwon, President, AHILA

Grace Ajuwon is the Reference and Information Services Librarian at the University of Ibadan, College of Medicine, E. Latunde Odeku Medical Library, Nigeria. She is currently the President of AHILA (Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa). Email: agajuwon AT

Aims and Objectives

Improve provision of up-to-date and relevant health information.
Encourage professional development of health librarians.
Promote resource sharing in Africa and exchange of experiences.
Promote the development and standardisation and exchange of health databases in Africa

A Brief History

AHILA was founded in Nairobi on Thursday 23 August 1984 under the name – Association of Medical Librarians in Africa (AMLA). The name later changed in 1988 to the ‘Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa’ so as to cater for those who are interested in health information issues and may not be librarians.