Dear Hifa members,
Indexing, abstracting, listing etc. are important activities ir tools which point to what is being produced or Published. I give credit to medline compilers. Our colleagues from europe and other western countries value information so much that they document almost everything Published in print or digital format. To a lesser extent they show some literature being done from África. Not too Long ago we had African Medical Index [*see note below] which pointed to literature from here. African solutions are needed to solve non visibilite of our dociments in western databases. There is a lot of research being generated from here which should be documented from here rather than waiting for a symphathetic space from our colleagues. It time to influence decisions from Politicians to start appreciating the Importance of indexing our works aponsored from Africa or through collaborations. Our friends from the North have their own isues to attend to which might need geographical solutions.
HIFA profile: Kenneth L Chanda is Associate Consultant and Lecturer at National Institute of Public Administration where he is lecturing in Records Management. He is co-author of The development of telehealth as a strategy to improve health care services in Zambia. Kenneth L. Chanda & Jean G. Shaw. Health Information & Libraries Journal. Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 133139, June 2010. He recently retired as Assistant Medical Librarian at the University of Zambia. klchanda AT gmail.com
[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): According to the WHO website, African Index Medicus continues to be active. It would be great to hear from HIFA members involved with AIM about its current progress, objectives, challenges, and funding requirements.]