In this inspiring video, Nasra Gathoni — who was also part of the “Unsung: Heroes” series of stories of librarians from the developing world produced by Research4Life— talks about the key role that librarians play in supporting the work of doctors and researchers to help them find evidence based-information in the new digital age.
“I get calls from doctors saying, ‘they have a patient with this very rare case and they are not sure how to handle it. I can’t do what the doctors are doing but they also can’t do what I am doing. We need to work together for the good of the patient.”
15 years ago, when she began her undergraduate studies, Nasra never thought she would become a librarian, she worried that “traditional librarianship would be boring”. An internship at a hospital library, with access to online health and biomedical journals through Research4Life, transformed her view of the profession.
Today, Nasra finds her job “very addictive”. She organizes trainings with doctors and nurses from different parts of Kenya and serves as AHILA (Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa) President.