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A call for action: Engaging to save lives.

The International Congress of Medical Librarianship (ICML) and the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA) are pleased to invite you to the March 2022 Congress which brings together medical librarians and other health information professionals, academics, researchers and others from related disciplines.

ICML+AHILA 2022 takes place six years after the 2015 historic adoption of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals with a deadline of 2030. With less than ten years to achieve the goals, the UN has declared the need for a Decade of Action. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognises that health is directly or indirectly linked to all of the 17 goals. The UNESCO Strategy on Education outlines several health-related goals. The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has been documenting the contribution of libraries in: ‘Access and opportunities for all: How libraries contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda.’ Worldwide, there are national, institutional, regional and other initiatives focusing on improving the health and well being of citizens. Our conference will explore the contributions that medical librarians and other information professionals are making to achieve global health goals by connecting, engaging and ultimately improving health and saving lives.

The conference has six subthemes outlined below:

Sub-theme 1: Accessibility: providing access to timely, affordable and reliable health information

1. access for practitioners

2. access for consumers

3. access for researchers

4. open access initiatives

5. privacy and security issues in patient information.

Sub-theme 2: Collaboration and Partnerships: forming effective bonds to enable successful implementation

1. within institutions and organisations

2. across disciplines

3. North/South, South/North, South/South

4. with the community.

Sub-theme 3: Epidemics and Pandemics: anticipating and responding to health crises

1. impact of Covid-19

2. opportunities and challenges for libraries, librarians and other information professionals

3. transformation of health care

4. innovation in response to pandemics and epidemics.

Sub-theme 4: Science- and Evidence-based Practice: incorporating best data and information to achieve improved health

1. systematic reviews and/or bibliometric analysis

2. knowledge management

3. indigenous/local knowledge

4. practice guidelines

5. healthcare policy

6. data science management.

Sub-theme 5: Sustainability: building structure and capacity for the future

1. organisational or institutional infrastructure

2. development of technology and related tools

3. capacity building through education and training

4. health literacy and health information literacy programmes.

Sub-theme 6: Current actions in response to SDGs

The ones already documented by the UN, WHO, UNESCO, IFLA, etc. should not be submitted.

Contributed Content

The ICML+AHILA 2022 welcomes proposals presenting practical and completed research works and other projects; lessons learned and future trends should be shared. All proposals should address one of the six sub-themes.


This call covers three types of format: Papers, Posters and Lightning talks. Proposals should specify the format.

Other details

Abstracts should not be more than 300 words and should indicate the author(s), address, email, institutional affiliation (if any), the sub-theme and 3-5 keywords. Please submit abstracts as an attachment in MS Word, font 12 Times New Roman, with the subject line ICML+AHILA 2022 abstract proposal to Gracian Chimwaza:gracian@itoca.org and copy to Marcia Mabhula: marcia@itoca.org not later than 31 August, 2021. Successful authors will be informed by 30th September 2021.

Receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged. Please contact us if you do not receive an acknowledgement email within 10 days of submitting your abstract. Submissions will be reviewed by the ICML+AHILA 2022 Programme Subcommittee members. First time paper/poster/lightning talk authors, mid-career and senior researchers/professionals are all encouraged to submit proposals. At least one of the authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper/poster or lightning talk during ICML+AHILA 2022. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers, posters or lightning talks.

Dissemination routes

Full papers will be provided Online OA.


Depending on the COVID 19 situation, the Congress plans to have Blended presentations (both online and physical).

Partial Sponsorship:

A limited number of bursaries will be made available to cover some of the congress-related expenses of authors whose papers, posters or lightning talks would have been selected. More information will be announced before the close of early bird registration.

Priority will be given to: (a) first time Congress presenters / individuals participating in their first international conference, whose papers, posters or lightning talk would have been selected. (b) presenters from HINARI Group A and Group B countries whose papers, posters or lightning talks would have been selected.

Important Deadlines
  • 31 August 2021: Deadline for papers, posters and lightning talk abstracts
  • 30 September 2021 : Deadline for notification to presenters
  • 01 October 2021 : Early bird registration opens
  • 31 December 2021 : Deadline for early-bird registration
  • 31 January 2022 : Deadline for final submission of papers, posters and Lightning talks
  • 04 February 2022 : Deadline for presenters to confirm attendance
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Call For Abstracts

From 15 June 2021, We will be accepting submission for the abstracts. More information is available within this site on the specifications and guidelines. Submit early to avoid disappointment.