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The Ptolemy project:a scalable model for delivering health information in Africa

Beveridge , M., Howard, A., Burton, K. and Holder, W. (2003) The Ptolemy project:a scalable model for delivering health information in Africa. Information in Practice, 327 (7418). pp. 790-793.

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How is Africa to build up the medical research it needs? Doctors in African research communities are starved of access to the journals and texts their colleagues in more developed countries regard as fundamental to good practice and research. Isolation, burden of practice, and resource limitations make education and research difficult, but the rapid spread of access to the internet reduces these obstacles and provides an increasingly attractive means to disseminate information and build partnerships in education and research.

The role of electronic health information in building local capacity to find, publish, and implement solutions has been emphasised recently in Science,1 Nature,2 the Lancet,3,4 and the BMJ.5 The Global Forum for Health Research gives priority to interventions designed to build research capacity in developing countries and correct the disparity in health research.6 The Coalition for Global Health Research (Canada) has recently reported how a major effort now can make a substantial difference.7 Access to reliable health information has been described as “the single most cost-effective and achievable strategy for sustainable improvement in health care.”8 We are interested in helping to build research, teaching, and clinical capacity for neglected yet substantial problems such as injury, which kills 5.1 million people annually.9-11

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Keywords: access to journals, Doctors, Access to scholarly communication, research problems, information dissemination
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Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2012 11:00
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