WHO INARI Research Initiative

I found the WHO program Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) an extremely interesting approach at dealing with developing ICTs for health. The program was started in 2002 and it provides free or very low-cost online access to numerous major journals in biomedical and related social sciences to institutions in developing countries. The program provides one of the world’s largest collections of biomedical and health initiatives. The fact that this large collection of medical information is available to developing nations is vital for their development in the health sector. Spread of knowledge about health issues and treatments is an important step toward improving the health of an entire country. With access to medical journals sick people are able to attempt to diagnosis themselves and look up possible treatments. This is very important especially in countries that do not have accessible or a large number of doctors or health professionals. With appropriate use, access to medical journals could help cause rapid advances in the health sector of developing nations.

Original Post by Isabella Iupe

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One response to “WHO INARI Research Initiative

  • jessicarschofield

    As I was reading your post, one thing came to mind “Knowledge is power.” I’ve been hearing that ever since I was a little girl, and it was usually followed by, “The only way to get anywhere in life is through education.” I think you made a good point in saying that there could potentially develop significant advances in developing countries via their increased inexpensive access to medical journals. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from traveling abroad and working in the developing world is that people living in sub-standard conditions are extremely resourceful and determined. They crave knowledge and education in the same way that we living in the developed world take them for granted. This great program is feeding into that lack, and I’m certain it will not go to waste.

    Original Comment by Gisella Collazo

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