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July 16, 2001 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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WHO, Six Publishers Announce Access to Biomedical Journals for Developing Countries

The World Health Organization (WHO; and the world's six biggest medical journal publishers have announced an initiative that will enable close to 100 developing countries to gain access to vital scientific information that they otherwise could not afford. The arrangement agreed to by the six publishers would allow almost 1,000 of the world's leading medical and scientific journals to become available through the Internet to medical schools and research institutions in developing countries for free or at deeply reduced rates.

Scheduled to start in January 2002, the initiative is expected to last for at least 3 years while being monitored for progress. The participating publishers are Blackwell, Elsevier Science, the Harcourt Worldwide STM Group, Wolters Kluwer International Health & Science, Springer Verlag, and John Wiley.

The initiative is an important step in the establishment of the Health InterNetwork, a project introduced by United Nations' Secretary General Kofi Annan at the U.N. Millennium Summit last year. Led by WHO, the Health InterNetwork aims to strengthen public health services by providing public health workers, researchers, and policymakers with access to high-quality, relevant, and timely health information through an Internet portal. It further aims to improve communication and networking. As key components, the project will provide training as well as information and communication technology applications for public health.

Source: World Health Organization

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