Zambia Health Information Portals

Zambian Health Information PortalsThe Sparkman Center for Global Health at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), the University of Iowa's eGranary Digital Library, and colleagues at health institutions in Zambia have teamed up to build a digital library of health information resources for students and practitioners in medicine, nursing, public health, and other health-related disciplines.

To overcome limitations of access to the Internet (either because of limited availability, slow speed, or high cost), the eGranary Digital Library provides a LAN/Intranet based off-line repository of digital information.

The eGranary interface is much like the Internet, and users can access videos, CDs/DVDs, PDFs, websites, and basically any material that can be digitized. This project will help users of the eGranary access health information and training materials through specially created portals.

Zambian Nursing & Midwifery Portal

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The eGranary was installed at four health institutions in Lusaka, Zambia during the June/July of 2009 (University of Zambia-UTH, Chainama College of Health Sciences, CIDRZ, and ZAMFOHR).

View the PDF of a poster presentation given at Unite for Sight 2010 in New Haven, Conn.

Invitation for collaboration

To our Zambian colleagues:

We invite input from Zambian administrators, faculty members, and students as to the content, structure, and organization of the digital library portals.

To our colleagues in the US and elsewhere: We invite health and information sciences professionals and students to send suggestions of websites of useful health related resources. Please see the structure and existing content in the portal pages.

For more information, and to send your suggestions, please contact Daniel Chavez-Yenter at



About the Sparkman Center for Global Health

This project was graciously funded by the Sparkman Center for Global Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The mission of the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health is to contribute to solutions of health problems in developing countries through graduate-level public health education, research, and training programs.

These programs are organized collaboratively with academic institutions, international agencies, and health ministries within the  host country.

Additionally, the Center works to enhance the capacity of the UAB community to engage, prepare, and support current and future health professionals through a global health agenda.