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Transferring knowledge: equity for health professionals in Ethiopia

Date and Location




Sunday 22 September 2013 - 10:30 - 12:00


Presenting author and contact person

Presenting author

Carla Hagstrom

Contact person

Carla Hagstrom
Sandra Kendall
Roger Pielechaty
Abstract text
Background:In response to the Ethiopian Government's aim to train 5,000 specialist MDs and PhDs and 10,000 Masters graduates by 2018, the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC) was established to co-build capacity and sustainability in graduate programming at Addis Ababa University (AAU). The Library Science Project (LSP) began in 2008; librarians travelled to Addis in 2011 and 2012 to offer health literacy sessions. Objectives:A program for clinical medical librarians will build capacity in library literacy skills, including the accessing of up-to-date information, with foundational knowledge of appraising the evolving literature in evidence-based medicine and critical thinking skills to support medical faculty and trainees. Methods:Annual train-the-trainer programs, as well as the provision of access to the University of Toronto's online resources by affiliated researchers through the Ptolemy project, including clinical decision support tools. Results:Approximately 400 learners have attended sessions so far, including over 160 clinical residents. The train-the-trainer aspect has resulted in a further 140 students being instructed by in-country trainers. Conclusions: Our training sessions reinforce and sustain medical library literacy skills for librarians through an inter-professional exchange of in-country and distance training.