HINARI – Health InterNetwork

Health Internetwork The Health InterNetwork was created to bridge the "digital divide" in health, ensuring that relevant information – and the technologies to deliver it – are widely available and effectively used by health personnel: professionals, researchers and scientists, and policy makers. Launched by the Secretary General of the United Nations in September 2000 and led by the World Health Organization, the Health InterNetwork has brought together public and private partners under the principle of ensuring equitable access to health information.

There is an article in this week's NEJM:

A total of 1043 institutions in 100 countries (of a total of 113 eligible countries) have registered for the program. Institutions in countries with a per-capita gross national product (GNP) of less than $1,000 receive free access to the journals (see Table). Institutions in countries with a per-capita GNP of $1,000 to $3,000 pay $1,000 per year. These institutions include national universities, professional schools, research institutes, teaching hospitals, and government offices.

I can remember when my grandfather John J Sampson died, we bundled up old JAMA and NEJM issues and shipped them off to Nicragua.  The Health InterNetwork project is a great example of how technology can have a tangible impact on the health of thousands (?millions?) of people.