Leading eye journal to be made available in developing countries

American Academy of Ophthalmology and Elsevier announce joint effort with HINARI.

New York, 13 December 2004 - The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and Elsevier, the publisher of the Academy’s journal, Ophthalmology, are pleased to announce that the journal is now available to doctors, nurses and researchers in developing countries through the World Health Organization’s HealthInterNetwork (HINARI), which provides access to biomedical content provided by the world’s leading scientific, technical and medical publishers. Elsevier is one of the largest contributors to HINARI.

Ophthalmology is the Academy’s official journal and contains original, peer-reviewed reports of research in ophthalmology, including basic science investigations and clinical studies. Topics include new diagnostic and surgical techniques, treatment methods, instrument updates, the latest drug findings, results of clinical trials, and research findings. Ophthalmology also publishes major reviews of specific topics by acknowledged authorities.

“We are very pleased that our journal is now available through HINARI,” said H. Dunbar Hoskins, MD, Executive Vice President of the AAO, “and we are sure that it will be a useful resource for health care professionals all over the world.”

Pamela Sieving, Biomedical Librarian at the National Institutes of Health Library, who is also Secretary/Chairperson-elect of the Association of Vision Science Librarians, said, “HINARI is one of the most important means of bringing information to patients, researchers and health care providers. It is transforming health care, making connections for which we can't yet envision the results.

 “I'm thrilled that the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Elsevier are generously sharing this very important journal. The Academy once again demonstrates its commitment to vision and ocular health throughout the world; Elsevier continues to be a leader in enabling electronic access across borders.”

Who uses HINARI? Doctors, students and patients using libraries such as the E. Latunde Odeku Medical Library in Ibadan, Nigeria, which has not been able to afford a print subscription to Ophthalmology since 1985, and hundreds of others. It literally touches millions of lives daily.

“Thanks to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and to Elsevier,” said Ms. Sieving.

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About AAO
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the largest national membership association of Eye M.D.s. Eye M.D.s are ophthalmologists, medical doctors or doctors of osteopathy who provide comprehensive eye care, including medical, surgical and optical care. More than 90 percent of practicing U.S. Eye M.D.s are Academy members, and the Academy has more than 7,000 international members.

The Health InterNetworkwas created to bridge the "digital divide" in health, ensuring that relevant information – and the technologies to deliver it – are widely available and effectively used by health personnel, including professionals, policy makers, researchers and scientists. Launched by the Secretary General of the United Nations in September 2000 and led by the World Health Organization, the Health InterNetwork has brought together public and private partners under the principle of ensuring equitable access to health information. The core elements of the project are content, Internet connectivity and capacity building.

The Health InterNetwork provides a vast library of the latest and best information on public health: more than 2,000 scientific publications and one of the world's largest collections of biomedical literature. This collection is available through the efforts of WHO, together with the six biggest biomedical publishers: Blackwell, Elsevier Science, the Harcourt Worldwide STM Group, Wolters Kluwer International Health & Science, Springer Verlag and John Wiley. It has been described by WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland as "perhaps the biggest step ever taken toward reducing the health information gap between rich and poor countries."

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com