Chitambo represented at international health information conferences

21 July, 2019

Dear HIFA-Zambia Colleagues,

We are delighted to report that Chitambo District, central Zambia, will be well represented at 2 international conferneces this year:

1) The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), Greece, 24-30th August 2019:

2) The Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA), Ibadan, Nigeria, 14-17th October 2019:

Mrs. Mercy Moyo, Senior Programme Manager, Information and Training Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA: will present her paper on ''Developing a Knowledge Broker Learning Programme for Africa: a Pilot Study initiated in Chitambo District' at IFLA, whereas Mrs. Emma Ndalameta Theo, Librarian at the University of Zambia (UNZA) will present her paper on 'The Path to the Development of an Afircan Network of Knowledge Brokers' at AHILA.

Many congratulations to the team for getting their papers accepted at such high profile conferences, and disseminating results of our Scottish Government funded project on 'strengthening emergency care communications in Chitambo District'. Thank you, too, to Dr. Ann Wales, Programme Director, Decision Support, Scottish Government, for so ably mentoring the team in knowledge translation techniques. This is making a difference to the quality of emergency care delivery in Chitambo District and beyond.

Dr. Jo Vallis, Chair

FRIENDS OF CHITAMBO SCIO, Registered Charity No. SC044337

_Working Towards a Healthier Chitambo District_

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HIFA profile: Jo Vallis is a Medical Sociologist with a general and paediatric nurse/nurse teaching background. She is Chair of Scottish registered charity, Friends of Chitambo SCIO, which supports health projects in Chitambo District, central Zambia: web address:;

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She is Project Lead for a Scottish Government funded project on ‘Strengthening emergency care communications in Chitambo District, central Zambia’, now in its 3rd 2-year funding round.

Jo recently retired from her post as Research Officer within NHS Education for Scotland (NES), in order to continue the work with Chitambo in a voluntary capacity.

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