Previous HIFA Conferences

2nd HIFA Conference, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 22 October 2014

The 2nd HIFA International Conference took place in Tanzania at the 14th Biennial Congress of the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa, 20-24 October 2014.

The HIFA Session included the official launch of HIFA Voices, the new database of experiential knowledge of HIFA members, including HIFA Citations Kenya, a model bibliography on health information science literature in Kenya, currently being compiled by Nasra Gathoni (President, AHILA).

We also presented a session on the information and learning needs of Community Health Workers, presented by local CHW trainers and CHWs from Iringa (central Tanzania), supported by HIFA Steering group member Julie Reza, Edoardo Occa and Doctors with Africa (CUAMM), and mPowering Frontline Health Workers. We dedicated this session to the memory of Julie Reza’s father, Dr Shawkatur Reza Chowdhury:

Dr Shawkatur Reza Chowdhury (1928-2009) studied medicine in Calcutta (Kolkata) Medical College and Dacca (Dhaka) Medical College in the 1950s and eventually went on to teach as associate professor in Rajshahi Medical College. His family are sponsoring this session via HIFA in his memory in the hope that supporting community health workers in developing countries will, in turn, help improve the care that they can provide to the poor and underprivileged.

The Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA) is the leading pan-African body responsible for health information and libraries in Africa. Every two years it holds a congress, bringing together health librarians, health information professionals, documentalists, health promotion professionals, health workers, researchers and others across Africa.


1st HIFA Conference, London, 9th May 2011

Healthcare Information for All by 2015: Addressing the information needs of healthcare providers in low-income countries

Monday 9 May 2011
Great Hall, BMA House, London, WC1H 9JP, UK

Thank you to everyone who made the HIFA2015 Conference and Exhibition such a success! The conference reviewed the progress we have made since 2006 and looked forward to the challenges which lie ahead. It brought together over 100 HIFA members and HIFA Supporting Organisations. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the event: speakers, facilitators, exhibitors, organisers, technicians and all who attended.