HealthNewsNG can exclusively report that Nigerians are the highest users of WHO’s HINARI.

Nigerians are by far the highest users of HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme which was set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) and major publishers to enable developing countries to access collections of biomedical and health literature.

Speaking to HealthNewsNG few months ago, Kimberly Parker, Programme Manager, HINARI at WHO, said total logins in the countries for the first six months of 2016 showed that Nigerians are the highest users of HINARI. Nigeria is followed by Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Senegal.

“If we take into account the number of institutions signed up for Hinari in a country, and look at average usage per institution in countries for the same period, we find Malawi having the highest per-institution usage.  On this scale, Nigeria ranks 14th,” Parker told HealthNewsNG.

She revealed that HINARI is currently at a phase where it is growing and adapting to changes.

She said: “Growing and adapting to changes, in the LMICs themselves (better bandwidth, newly established (or disbanded!) institutions, growing recognition of the importance of scientific research and the need for evidence in research), in the world economy (economic crashes, changes in development indicators, expanding globalization), in the publishing industry (shifts in open access, new publishers, growing online book collections.)  Through all of the changes of 15 years, Hinari has adjusted, expanded, and continues in high demand.”

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