Lancet: Medical research in war-torn Syria: medical students' perspective (4) Hinari

18 August, 2018

Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen and possibly others. Three things (among many other things) are common between all these countries:

They are all war torn countries. It does not need super intelligence to learn why, how and who is the enemy.

They all have free (except Palestine) access to HINARI. Thanks to the efforts by HINARI teams in Cairo and Geneva;

They all lack proper health sciences libraries and librarians. The end users are not aware of HINARI due to lack of proper training, awareness and in most cases infrastructure.

Two days ago I had a meeting with the medical librarian of King Hussein Cancer Centre in Jordan. She had just come out of an orientation session to 12 Iraq professors of medicine visiting the Centre. She said they were all complaining about lack of access to medical journals in Iraq. She mentioned HINARI. HINARI did not mean anything to them as they have never heard of it.

Best regards.

Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, PhD, President of the eHealth Development Association of Jordan, FIAHSI, Independent Consultant in Knowledge Management and eHealth

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HIFA profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group. shorbajin AT