Closing the digital divide

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7397.1035 (Published 10 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1035

Reality may not be so rosy

  1. Andrew D Weeks, lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology (aweeks@Liverpool.ac.uk)
  1. Liverpool Women's Hospital, Liverpool L8 7SS
  2. London SW19

    EDITOR—Smith applauds the progress made in providing access to the internet in the developing world.1 Unfortunately the reality on the ground may not be as rosy.

    I have just completed two years in a major sub-Saharan African university that was in the first phase of HINARI access. Having been initially starved of information while there I rushed to gain access. Unfortunately I was directed to the websites of two other international projects that were also providing free access to research materials over the internet.

    I found poorly presented sites with complex addresses and passwords, and with limited access to full text journals. I contacted the projects repeatedly over the following …

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