Dear Neil and others,
I am so pleased to learn that African Index Medicus is still up and Working. This is a regional database which attempts to profile meta data about African publications. If there other iniitiatives our currennt medical librians are pushing, it will do us proud as former Medical Librarians infact the new generation is more knowledgeable and exposed. The information technology is at their disposal. I know finances might a limiting factor but that excuse is not good enough to remain wepping children. I am convinced that we can put resources together, syenergy is the ley Word.
Recently Zambia was among the countries that provided aid to our brothers in Malawi, Mozambique during the floods the experienced. Another good example I normally cited to my students in record management was the Timbukutu case in Malí who have managed to keep family récords from 1800 hundreds or before. I compare their enthuthiasm to the Israelítes whose récords are treable. Theefore, indexing, abstracting, compiling biblographies etc. or creating databases and make them available to others is what medline and others are doing. We could do all these from our own resources. Remember some of you colleagues were trained from same universties and colleges in some western countries . Sponsors from some of these countries are fatiqued. African experts are competively doing very at global level, it is time to start localising some of these strategies in order to remain visible as equal partners in development.
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