The Communications for Better Health® (CBH®) program was established at the Sir Albert Cook Medical Library, Makerere University School of Medicine, Kampala, in 1997, and the first Uganda Health Information Digest was distributed. It was the first time since 1977 that a collection of bibliographic health information had been compiled for doctors and other health professionals in Uganda. Until 1997, there was little access to current medical information. Positive commentary about the digest came from all over Uganda, from Moyo in the far northeast to Kotido near Kenya, and from all types of readers, including doctors, government officials, and primary school teachers. The program received a congratulatory letter from the nation’s First Lady, Janet Museveni.
The Uganda Health Information Digest is a demand-driven, community outreach health information service whose content is determined by its readers. It supports the information needs of its readers by conducting database searches on requested topics and through the provision of full-text delivery of articles. Topics include communicable diseases, eclampsia, health data management, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.