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Virtual information on health emergencies and disasters for South America

January 2005

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This brief article reports on Peru's Virtual Disaster Library, which focuses on disasters in South America. The library is powered by two databases: DESAS and INFOR. DESAS provides access to full-text documents, bibliographic references for in-person consultations, courses and events related to natural, manmade and social disasters. The INFOR database keeps up-to-date information on events throughout Peru using a simple spreadsheet on the web to consolidate reports and provide a quick preliminary analysis. The virtual library is available to the entire disaster community at

Portal Diassere - Derechos, Investigación y Abogacía en Salud, Sexualidad y Reproducción. Internet como herramienta para el establecimiento de una red que fortalezca la investigación y la abogacía en regiones del Perú


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Describes a website called Diassere (Rights, Research and Advocacy in Health, Sexuality and Reproduction), which is part of a wider project which aims to fortify capacities for research and advocacy. This site is being used by researchers exchanging experiences and evidences related to sexuality and reproductive health. Given the fact that information is highly centralized in Lima, the site is benefiting researchers from different regions, guaranteeing an equal access to evidence, information and opportunities

Using electronic communication to strengthen HIV/AIDS work

LEE, Sarah
November 2003

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Describes the various forms that electronic communications (also called information and communication technologies - ICTs) can have (for example email, databases, CD-ROMs etc) and their uses (advocacy, networking, discussions, fundraising). Lists the advantages and disadvantages of electronic communications, and includes a list of resources, articles and reports around ICTs and development

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

October 2003

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This article describes the Ptolmey project. This project is a new model for electronic access to medical literature for doctors in developing countries. Surgeons in east Africa become research affiliates of the University of Toronto and have access to the full-text resources of the university library via a secure Internet system that monitors and verifies use. Ptolemy is a small project but it has potential for being widely and economically reproduced

Information for research in developing countries : information technology Friend or Foe?


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The author details the need for and complexity of doing research in the developing country environment. He summarizes the technology divide, lack of visibility of research from these countries and how this gap is widening and notes various programmes to overcome the lack of access to information primarily journal articles. The author concludes with a number of suggestions for facilitating research in developing countries including the increase of standards and norms

Local capacities to create and adapt information for healthcare workers in developing countries

July 2002

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This study is a brief but sobering analysis of the impact of ICTs and health information in the developing country environment. The author notes that despite its massive potential, the current global information explosion has had little impact on access to practical information for frontline healthcare workers in developing countries, especially those working in primary care and district hospital settings. The author notes that healthcare workers in developing countries continue to lack access to the basic information they need to learn, to diagnose, and to save lives. However, it is shown that this can be improved through access to and use of ICTs

Las nuevas tecnologías de la información y las comunicaciones en salud


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The impact of the new information and communications technologies on the health sector is described, with emphasis in those areas related to the performance of all the professionals and technicians of this sector. Reference is made, among other things, to health news, telemedicine, Virtual Health University, Virtual Health Library, Health Sciences Subject Headings, Virtual Clinic, health surveillance, telesurgery, health research, and international cooperation in the health field. The novel aspects of these technologies are stressed as well as practical advice to incorporate them in the daily work of academic or health assistance institutions. Due to its nature, this paper serves to improve the knowledge and the cultural level of any reader

Electronic access to the information in scientific journals

ARONSON, Barbara
August 1998

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Looks at the recent growth in the provision of full-text electronic journals on the Internet, after the unexpected lack of impact of the first ones to be published. Considers questions of copyright, pricing structure, and subscription through Internet journal agents, as well as a range of implications for libraries, such as technical, financial, archiving and storage considerations


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