Health Information Resources
These resources have been selected in consultation with health librarians in Africa and the UK. We believe that all of them are of importance for access to reliable information with an emphasis on relevance to Africa and developing countries in general. Many of them have been brought together on a front-end page which you can make available on your own computer using the free Netvibes software. This will allow you to see the major resources in the categories described in more detail below.
Some resources are free or free of charge to developing countries. They are divided as follows:
- General - with HINARI and Medical dictionary
- Databases - covering medicine, nursing, public health, health and science
- Journals - sources of journals e.g.HINARI, PERii, African, and open access
- Low cost books - CDs etc. - international sources, WHO, AMREF etc.
- Online resources 1 - miscellaneous relating to health
- Online resources 2 - discussion lists, open source software, miscellaneous
- News - online news sources relating to health in developing countries
- Partnership & training organizations
- Evidence based medicine and health care 1 - Cochrane library, journals etc.
- Evidence based medicine and health care 2 - organizations promoting ebm etc.
It is worth bearing in mind that the most valuable resource when searching for health information is often a person, who may be a health care professional or a health information specialist/librarian.
Please note that some of the resources are free of charge to low-income countries only; others are free of charge to everyone; and for a few payment may be necessary by subscription or at the point of use unless your institution or consortium of libraries has obtained access rights.