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Improving access to reliable information in developing countries

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 30 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:831
  1. Neil Pakenham-Walsh, programme manager, INSAP-Health (
  1. International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications, Oxford OX1 1HU

    EDITOR—Imagine you're a medical student in one of the least developed countries in sub-Saharan Africa. You're studying for your final exams. But you can't afford to buy books, let alone a computer. Your friends are in the same position. And so is the library. It hasn't had any money to purchase new books or journals for five years. You used to dream of bringing better health to your rural homeland, providing frontline health care in the public sector. Now your ambition is to get into …

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