= Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative
"The HINARI program, set up by WHO together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature. Over 3750 journal titles are now available to health institutions in 113 countries, benefiting many thousands of health workers and researchers, and in turn, contributing to improved world health."
Status Report 2008
From a case study:
"HINARI is designed to provide health institutions in developing countries with timely access to high quality research at low or no cost. A recent impact analysis conducted by Elsevier shows that researchers in HINARI countries have begun to publish their own findings in international peer-reviewed journals at a rate that is in excess of increases seen elsewhere in the world.
From 2002-2006, 105 HINARI countries had a 63% growth in authors publishing in peer-reviewed journals, compared to 38 percent in 102 non-HINARI countries.
"The fact that the countries benefiting from HINARI have seen such a large increase in the number of their researchers publishing in international journals is a great testament to the success and a strong indicator of the need for the HINARI program," said Barbara Aronson, WHO Library Coordinator at the WHO. "The ability to share information with researchers around the world is key to enabling developing countries to advance their scientific capabilities and tackle issues important to them, such as disease control and health policy planning. We are thrilled to see HINARI making a positive contribution towards this goal." (http://blog.openmedicine.ca/node/159)