AHILA is a non-profit professional body founded in August 1984. With 46 member countries, partners and collaborators worldwide, AHILA is the professional home for health sciences libraries, librarians and information specialists in Africa.

Through her activities and Congresses, AHILA fosters collaboration, knowledge and resource sharing, networking, capacity building, and professionalism within the health information and library community in Africa and beyond.

Among others, AHILA aims to:

  • Promote collaboration and association among health information professionals in Africa;
  • Improve the provision of up-to-date and relevant information for medical education, research and practice in Africa;
  • Encourage professional development in librarianship and information sciences;
  • Facilitate resource-sharing and exchange of information, knowledge and experiences among health information
  • professionals in Africa and beyond; and
  • Promote the development, standardisation, and exchange of national databases of medical and health literature produced in African countries.


The vision of AHILA is to become a leader in promoting access to and use of health information in Africa by providing up-to-date and relevant health information.


AHILA’s Mission is to facilitate professional development and conduct among health information professionals and libraries, and promote resource sharing for health information access and utilisation in Africa.