Health literature services are needed to support not only the
education and training of health workers, but also the delivery
of health care.
In the context of the drive towards the achievement of social
target of Health for All by the year 2000, this study examines
how health literature services could be established and
developed in Sierra Leone to support the day-to-day work of all
levels of personnel
involved in health care delivery whatever their location within
the country and at an affordable cost.
The author's conclusions were reached after a review of the
relevant literature, a survey into the information needs and
service requirements of a representative sample of health care
workers and an investigation into existing health literature
Based on the findings of the various surveys, it is recommended
that a hierarchical network of health literature access points
be established under the direction of a strong National Focal
Point library. As a first step towards the realisation of this
goal, the Sierra Leone government should set up a Steering
Committee to formulate a national health literature services
policy and prepare a detailed plan of action for submission to
international donor agencies.
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.