Elsevier Partners with Asia Foundation to Donate Medical Publications to Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 4, 2006 – Elsevier Asia Pacific announced today that it has partnered with the Asia Foundation to donate critical medical books to the Health Sciences University of Mongolia. With 4,400 undergraduates and 460 graduates, the University of Mongolia provides a platform for modern education, research and training of physicians and healthcare professionals. The estimated value of books and journals donated by Elsevier’s Asia Pacific headquarters on behalf of RE Cares, Reed Elsevier’s global community program is $80,000.

Elsevier’s books were donated through the Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program which has providing 41 million books, software programs, and other educational materials to more than 50,000 institutions in 40 countries since 1954. The handing over ceremony will be held on July 7th 2006 and attended by the US Ambassador, Mongolian Ministers of Education and Health, Heath Sciences University of Mongolia, TAF President, Elsevier and Canada Fund.

Mr Enkhtuvshin, Mongolia’s Minister of Education, Culture & Science said, “The Asia Foundation, a valuable partner of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, continues to make an important contribution to enhance education in Mongolia. Our joint work to strengthen libraries and library services for the public and for educational institutes is highly appreciated. Today, with support from The Asia Foundation's Book for Asia program and Reed Elsevier, we are providing students, faculty and professionals access to valuable and current medical information that will enhance learning, teaching and research.”

“We are very pleased to work with partners like Elsevier who are strongly committed to information philanthropy. With this donation to the Health Science University, The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia Program affirms its continued commitment to promote education and literacy in Mongolia,” stated Douglas Bereuter, President of The Asia Foundation.

Rosalia da Garcia, Director of Marketing & Society Relations Asia Pacific, Elsevier said “As these books and journals demonstrate, RE Cares and Elsevier strive to bring researchers in developing countries closer to their international peers and individual research communities.”

In addition to its 2005 Anniversary Book Donation project to provide ten universities in the developing world with 7000 core health and science books at a total value of $1 million, Elsevier has worked to ensure that universities in developing countries have access to peer-reviewed research. Through HINARI (Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative), a program of the World Health Organization of the United Nations, Elsevier provides institutions in developing countries free or very low cost access to 900 health research journals. In 2005, 1.1 million downloads were made from Elsevier journals, representing 30% of 3.3. million downloads made through the entire HINARI collection. Similarly, with AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture), offered by the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization, Elsevier gives students, researchers, and academics in developing countries free or low cast access to 230 agricultural and related journals. 

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About The Asia Foundation
The Asia Foundation (www.asiafoundation.com) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation supports programs in Asia that help improve governance and law, economic reform and development, women's empowerment, and international relations. Drawing on 50 years of experience in Asia, the Foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, and policy research.

With a network of 18 offices throughout Asia, an office in Washington, D.C., and its headquarters in San Francisco, the Foundation addresses these issues on both a country and regional level. In 2005, the Foundation provided more than $61 million in program support and distributed 1.1 million books and educational materials valued at $28 million throughout Asia.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence, and ClinicalKey — and publishes nearly 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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