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With partial support from the MLA ICS Reis Grant, I attended the 16th Biennial Congress for Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA) from October 14 to October 18 in Ibadan, Nigeria.
The 2019 WLIC, IFLA’s 85th General Conference and Assembly, will be held in Athens, Greece, August 24–30. The calls for papers are out, and anyone interested in presenting is encouraged to submit proposals. Please consider joining colleagues from over 120 countries and attend.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released guidelines to assist in managing physical health concerns among adults diagnosed with severe mental disorders. People living with severe mental disorders have a general life expectancy of between ten and twenty years shorter than average
The goal of Research4Life (R4L - www.research4life.org) is to reduce the knowledge gap between high- and low- and middle-income countries (LMIC’s) by providing free or low-cost access to online scholarly, professional and research information in five programs...
Exercise medicine has become a popular and effective treatment for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Malaysia. Early intervention with exercise for sufferers in the beginning stages of disease can prevent development of the main NCDs, including hypertension, diabetes, obesity, or dyslipidemia.
Innovative new technology improves patient care in Singapore Work is underway to develop software with which patients can “chat” for preliminary screening and quick, proper triaging in Singapore. When patients type their symptoms and medical histories into the chatbot, they can be assessed
Patients in India will soon be able to perform their own quality control checks on prescription drugs. As of 2016, 3% of pharmaceuticals marketed in India were not up to standard, while 0.023% were counterfeit.
Ghana Health Service digitizes patient data The Ghana Health Service has begun a revolutionary process of digitizing their health data. The initiative was made possible through a partnership with telecommunication company Samsung, as well as humanitarian organization Good Neighbors International.
WHO’s mobile program to manage diabetes For sufferers of diabetes, managing their condition is an ongoing and complicated task. Fast, reliable, and clear information is perhaps just as important as medication.
WHO launches free courses in health emergencies To aid both health care personnel and the general public in obtaining education on epidemics, pandemics, and other emergencies, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a new collection of introductory video courses.
Schizophrenia library launches in Australia Patients and families affected by schizophrenia now have access to a virtual collection of reliable information comprising 2,000 fact sheets, evidence reports, videos, podcasts, and interviews with experts.
The IVIP Program Pilot was a partnership between MLA/ICS IVIP Program Task Force and the Taiwan Medical Library Association. The goal was for the Program Task Force to gain experience in placing an IVIP in a host institution.
The Pilot placed Mr. Chao-yu Wu from the National Taiwan University Medi
Innovative health partnership prevents library closures Funding cuts are a common and challenging reality for many libraries. To overcome the budgetary challenge, public libraries in Staffordshire, England, UK, have strategized to keep all libraries open through a creative partnership.
IFLA engages fifty countries to promote libraries’ role in sustainable development As a part of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) International Advocacy Program (IAP), 50 countries are already participating in the initiative
Free website enhances medical education globally As the millennial generation enters medical school, educators are presented with new challenges. Among the challenges is the issue of how to reach students who have grown up on the Internet and therefore are accustomed to information delivery models
February 19 and March 4, 2016 Librarians without Borders® Regional HINARI Train the Trainer Workshop Reports conducted at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA and Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA
Does MLA have an international strategy? Not really, but time we do. Here are proposed strategies on how we can strengthen MLA’s international presence and worldwide impact in health information and care.
Elsevier Foundation increases its support of the E-Library Training Initiative for another three years with $45,000 annually. We will be able to expand the scope of the program by recruiting a new cadre of trainers.