Regional and International Organisations


AED-SATELLIFE's mission is to put that information, and the tools to use it, into the hands of those who need it most. Our work is informed by providers on the frontlines of health care delivery in some the poorest communities in the world. AED-SATELLIFE, formally known as SATELLIFE, was created in 1987 to bridge the digital and information divides. We are now part of the Academy for Education Development - a leader in international development, which expands our own reach toward this goal. We have a rich history of firsts - the first non-profit to own and use a low earth orbit satellite - the first e-mail in Africa - the first online health-focused discussion lists. Today, we continue to fulfill our mission to play a leadership role in responding to the needs of health care providers in the developing world, employing cutting-edge solutions to expand access to health and medical knowledge, putting information into the hands that heal.

  • ICT
  • Discussion Groups
  • Information Resources

Health Connect International

HealthConnect International is a not-for-profit consulting group whose mission is to enhance health improvement programs in low-resource settings through the cost-effective application of information and communications technologies (ICTs). In building the ICT capacity and infrastructure at over 160 hospitals, clinics, medical universities, and other public health organizations in Eurasia and Africa, the LRC project incorporated a broad range of e-health program components, including access to online research, telemedicine, database and information systems development, community outreach and education, website design, and distance learning. Note: the LRC - Learning Resource Centres listed are in Russia and East Europe.

International Network for Availabilty of Scientific Publications (INASP)

  • ICT training
  • Library development

Global Healthcare Information Network (GHI-net)

GHI-net is a non-governmental organisation that aims to improve the availability and use of healthcare information in developing countries, with a particular emphasis on the needs of healthcare providers at household, primary and district levels. It works as a facilitating body, promoting multistakeholder communication, understanding (of information needs and how to meet those needs) and effective action.

GHI-net is responsible for the administration and coordination of the HIFA2015 Campaign.
 BMA are supporting this.

HIFA2015 (Healthcare Information For All by 2015)

"By 2015, every person worldwide will have access to an informed healthcare provider"

The HIFA2015 Campaign was launched at the 10th biennial congress of the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa, Mombasa, Kenya, 26 October 2006.

Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA)

ITOCA supports training for librarians, information specialists, scientists, researchers and students in sub-Sahara Africa. ITOCA supports TEEAL, FAO's AGORA and WHO's HINARI programmes in the region. The site describes the organization's programs and contains fulltext training documents.

Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA)

AHILA is a professional association with 46 country members and many partners and collaborators worldwide. The AHILA web site includes news and reports relevant to health information in Africa, and the opportunity to join the AHILA email discussion list, AHILA-net.

Information Literacy: (UK group)

Librarians without Borders: (US/ Canadian based)

Partnerships in Health Information

Phi exists to promote the health of people in developing countries by improving the flow of timely, relevant and appropriate information. Phi facilitates and supports partnerships between health libraries in the UK and their counterparts in developing countries, mainly in Africa. These partnerships aim to support local health information professionals in providing health information, which is so desperately needed within their communities.