What a resource centre can do

A resource centre can:

1. Make information accessible

  • collect and organise materials
  • provide access to materials that are up-to-date and relevant to users
  • provide a pleasant environment for learning and training

2. Encourage the use of information

  • assist users to find relevant information and suggest how they can use it in their work
  • provide materials to support training and health promotion
  • provide information to those responsible for planning, managing and implementing health programmes, including district health management teams and community groups
  • produce information packs and resource lists
  • organise participatory workshops that use materials as tools for problem-solving
  • work with teachers and trainers to identify resource materials for training activities
  • offer an information and enquiry service
  • develop ways to reach potential users

3. Produce materials

  • work with health teams and community groups to document their experience
  • adapt, translate and produce health learning materials

4. Strengthen links with other organisations

  • list local, national, regional and international organisations working in health and related fields
  • develop contacts between organisations working in similar fields, such as the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Water and Sanitation, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community organisations
  • identify other sources of information