Rehema Chande-Mallya (MUHAS) Lucy Reid (RCOG)

January 8, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: Social Science, Psychology, Social Psychology
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A case study in Tanzania Presenters: Rehema Chande-Mallya (MUHAS) Lucy Reid (RCOG)

HLG 2002: seeing a presentation about a Phi partnership 2006 - Phi put Alli Mcharazo (MUHAS) in touch with RCOG ◦ Development of MUHAS library ◦ Delivery of good quality health information to members of the public in Tanzania ◦ Supporting the improvement of health across Tanzania

2007 – Alli moved to TLSB, Rehema became director at MUHAS ◦ Expanded scope of partnership to include public libraries and the formal project was developed

PHI - supporting health library partnership between UK and developing countries – facilitated partnership and drove funding application RCOG – professional body for doctors specialising in women’s health, developing reproductive health, delivering information services to support reproductive health TVU - host a one year PhD candidate for Split Site Scholarship

MUHAS - public medical university in Tanzania, delivers education and training for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals, national medical collection TLSB – network of public libraries in major towns in Tanzania, mechanism for delivering library services to members of the public SLADS – TLSB hosted library school training librarians to certificate and diploma level

Improvement of health in Tanzania focusing on maternal and reproductive health and communicable diseases including HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and cholera 1. Embedding information skills training the MUHAS curriculum 2. Developing a health information module for library students at SLADS 3. Developing a network of Health Corners for members of the public to access good quality, appropriate health information

Maternal death = 6 women /1,000 live births (NBS 2007). Lifetime risk = 1/24 HIV/AIDS prevalence = 6 % (15-49 years) Malaria, cholera and TB affect significant numbers of people Health information systems mostly situated in urban areas with poor coverage in rural areas Access to relevant information is crucial to the economic, political, and social well-being of any community (UNESCO)

DelPHE - 3 year funding ◦ DfID and British Council fund to support north/south partnerships between HE institutions ◦ Building capacity in institutions ◦ Focus on Millennium Development Goals ◦ Funding supports 3 main strands of project including:  Staff development and training  Acquisition and development of materials  Exchange programme

British Council Split Site Scholarship ◦ 1 year’s study leave

Baseline study ◦ Identifying needs of library staff (TLSB) ◦ Mapping resources available for Health Corners

Exchange visits ◦ Sharing knowledge about local needs (staff and users) and facilities ◦ Learning from existing services with similar aims ◦ Workshops on delivering information to members of the public ◦ Training on health information skills ◦ Introductory presentation to library students at SLADS

UCL Clinical Sciences library ◦ Moodle virtual learning environment ◦ Medical school library services

St Thomas’ Hospital ◦ Patient information service

Homerton Hospital ◦ Macmillan information service

National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health ◦ Information specialists working in guideline development

Developing information skills programmes for undergraduates and postgraduates at MUHAS Improving infrastructure at MUHAS Developing partnership working between MUHAS (appraising health information) and TLSB (network for dissemination) PhD study – Effectiveness of communication channels in disseminating HIV/AIDS information Exchange visit to UK

University of Nottingham ◦ Medical school library services ◦ Information skills training

Wellcome library ◦ PubMed training

Coventry hospital ◦ Patient information service

Loughborough University ◦ Health curriculum for library students

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Tanzania faces significant health challenges Access to health information for members of the public is difficult Libraries are ideally placed to deliver health information to members of the public Institutions working in partnership have resources and skills to deliver health information in a way that is suitable for members of the public Librarians need to repackage information and develop ways of disseminating it to the community

Exchange programme has broadened the horizons of staff in all partner organisations MUHAS staff have acquired more information literacy skills TLSB has the mandate of transferring the health information to the community Mechanism for training future generations of library staff at SLADS

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Lack of facilities to access health information in public libraries Few public library staff currently have the skills to deliver health information Insufficient health librarians Lack of stable internet connectivity and equipment Techno phobia and low computer literacy Different information seeking behaviours

Working towards the project goals: ◦ Providing and disseminating health information services to the community as a whole through Health Corners ◦ Educating library staff, students, lecturers and practitioners on how to use the e-resources ◦ Training librarians to work with health information

Working in partnership to bring different skills and knowledge to the project

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Rehema Chande-Mallya: [email protected] Shane Godbolt: [email protected] Alli Mcharazo: [email protected] Tony Olden: [email protected] Lucy Reid: [email protected] Emma Stanley: [email protected]

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