With support from the Elsevier Foundation, in Cameroon, Chantal BIYA Centre International de Reference (CIRCB) has developed a central library system to collect, document, and disseminate critical HIV/AIDS research from the CIRCB hub in Yaoundé to the outlying health institutes in seven of the country's 10 provinces — all with extremely limited access to information.
The CIRCB plays a leading role in strengthening regional research capacity and the prevention, treatment and management of HIV/AIDS. By enabling the sharing of information on the latest literature and advances in HIV/AIDS treatment across the region, this initiative is removing processing delays that were affecting patients' follow-up treatments. Now with the immediate results, children of HIV infected mothers are diagnosed early and taken care of at an early stage. The number lost to follow-up is reduced.