Health professionals in low-income countries often have difficulty accessing accurate, up to date health information, which can lead to poorer health outcomes for vulnerable populations globally. Improving access to high-quality health information is essential to the success of local and national efforts to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Since 2005, the BMA Information Fund has been supporting healthcare organisations in resource-poor settings by purchasing health information materials tailored to their specific education and training needs. The books provided can mean the difference between life and death through increasing and updating the knowledge of healthcare workers in developing countries. We are delighted to be able to run the fund again in 2017, and to announce that we are now accepting applications.
The fund donates medical education and reference resources, principally teaching manuals, practical guides, DVDs, and CDs – which are particularly crucial in areas where online resources may not be reliably accessible. The selected resources are supplied and distributed by our partners at Health Books International (formerly Teaching-aids At Low Cost). We prioritise applications from organisations that can demonstrate how the requested resources are tailored to their needs, that the materials will be readily used by a significant number of people and will have demonstrable impact.
Last year, we were able to support 19 health organisations across the world, including in the Sierra Leone and Myanmar (Burma).
Applications are considered from a wide range of not-for-profit organisations involved in supporting healthcare services. These include:
Applications will close on Thursday 14 September 2017 – but we can only accept a total of 100 applications so we encourage interested organisations to apply as early as possible to ensure that they do not miss out on the opportunity to make use of this fund.
Successful applicants will be informed by 28 November and books will be delivered from January 2018 onwards.
For more information and to apply, please visit our website.