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Access to Health Research: Priorities for advocacy and action (4) African Index Medicus (2)

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The Regional Index Medici play a major and central role in improving access to health research from developing countries. This is evidenced by the statistics you have provided but also from the fact that research published in journals from the global south is only or at least mainly published in local journals. The efforts made by other WHO regional offices and by WHO/HQ to create the Global Health Library which includes the region indexes needs to be highlighted as a major sources to access research from developing countries. It's sad to note that only one person works on the indexing of these journals. This, I am sure, at the expense of quantity and quality. The Regional Office should take corrective action to remedy such situation.

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Monday, May 15, 2017
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Najeeb Al-Shorbaji
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Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group.

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