... when two of our Trustees travelled to Sierra Leone to work as volunteer medical doctors for one year at Makeni Government Hospital. With support from Makeni Hospital Management Team, they helped to open a small clinical library in 2013. This was opened in response to the lack of access to reference materials available to hospital staff.
Health workers need access to up-to-date information to be able to provide consistent high-quality healthcare to their patients. However, in many hospitals, access to health information is poor. Hospital libraries provide free access to life saving educational resources for staff and students.
We now support six healthcare libraries in Sierra Leone!
Our libraries combine:
1) partnership with the hospital management team
2) high quality educational resources
3) a robust borrowing system
4) a committed library administrator
5) systems for monitoring and evaluation.
We currently employ five AHL staff members in Sierra Leone, and have five Trustees (unpaid) in the UK. You can meet the team here:
Our evaluation data have shown that the libraries are well-used, highly valued by staff, and that the books and other resources are returned in good condition. Find our borrowing data on the individual library pages.
We have lots of exciting opportunities coming up, both to develop current libraries in Makeni and Bo into Resource Centres and to plant new hospital libraries. We also plan to employ a professionally qualified librarian in Sierra Leone as soon as we are able, to further strengthen our team.
We would love you to join us in this journey: see our Get Involved! pages, and contact us!