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Too often the health information needs of health professionals in low-income countries go unmet. This must be addressed to improve the health of vulnerable populations globally.
So we’re delighted to launch of the BMA Information Fund 2016. The purpose of this Fund is to purchase health information materials tailored to the education and training needs of selected healthcare organisations in resource-poor settings.
The fund donates medical education and reference resources, principally teaching manuals, practical guides, DVDs, and CDs. The selected resources are supplied and then distributed by our partners at Teaching Aids at Low Cost (TALC). Requests are prioritised from organisations that can demonstrate that the requested resources are tailored to their needs, the materials will be readily used by a significant number of people and have demonstrable impact.
The books can mean the difference between life and death through increasing and updating the knowledge of healthcare workers in developing countries. Improving access to high-quality health information further supports local and national efforts to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Last year, we were able to support 19 health organisations across the world, including in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Laos.
Applications are considered from not-for-profit organisations involved in supporting healthcare services. These include:
Applications opened on Monday 1 August, and will close on Thursday 8 September, 2016. Successful recipients will be informed by the end of October. We would encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible to ensure that they do not miss out on the opportunity to make use of this fund. www.bma.org.uk/informationfund