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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) recognizes 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
Dissemination routes

Full Papers, Posters and Lightning talks will be provided Online OA.


The Congress will be a hybrid event, therefore presentations will be both online/virtual and physical/in-person. Presenters should ensure that they are registered for attendance no later than 28 February 2022. Registration is available here

Important Deadlines
  • 04 April 2022 : Deadline for final submission of papers, posters and lightning talks.
GALA Dinner
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ICML+AHILA 2022 Congress Gala Dinner will take place at the Hotel Fire and Ice on the 17th of March 2022.

It will be a formal dinner environment with an African flair. Live show performances and music will be accompanying the great dishes that will be served.

The dinner will be relaxed yet elegant occasion for networking amongst medical librarians, other health information professionals, academics, researchers, and others from related disciplines

The Gala dinner is complimentary for congress delegates; for all those who aren’t congress delegates but wish to attend please contact Ms. Amanda Makwangwaidze at by Monday the 14th March 2022.

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ICML + AHILA 2022 Congress delegates are invited to the Soweto and Lunch Tour or the very popular Ultimate Pilanesberg Day Tour. Both tours are run by Mo Afrika Tours.

To read up on each tour package please see the pdf brochure below ;

To view Pilanesburg Tour click here

To view Soweto and Lunch Tour click here

For bookings email and copy Ms Chiedza Manuel at in order for you to qualify for 20% OFF per person for your tour fee.

For any additional information please contact:

Chiedza Manuel

Call For Abstracts

The Call for abstracts for the Congress has now closed.