The College of Health Sciences(CHS) Library, and the School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences (SBAHS), in collaboration with the Norris Medical Library are organising a one week training workshop in the usage of the Hinari Access to Research for Health programme.

The programme will provide a free or very low cost online access to major journals in biomedical, health literature, and related social sciences to local, not-for-profit institutions in developing countries.

The E-Resources Librarian of the CHS Library, Ms. Catherine Asamoah, stated that the reason for the training was to give the faculty and students of the College and other stakeholders the opportunity to use the Hinari programme as it provided access to more journals that are relevant for Evidence Based Research and Systematic reviews.

The online access has up to 14,000 journals (in 30 different languages), 53,000      e-books, 105 other information resources available to health institutions in more than 115 countries, which is expected to benefit thousands of health workers and researchers.

The Hinari programme was developed in the framework of the Health InterNetwork, introduced by the former Secretary-General of the United Nations , Kofi Annan, at the UN Millennium Summit in the year 2000.


It was launched in January 2002, with some 1500 journals from 6 major publishers: Blackwell, Elsevier Science, the Harcourt Worldwide STM Group, Wolters Kluwer International Health & Science, Springer Verlag and John Wiley, following the principles in a Statement of Intent signed in July 2001. Since that time, the numbers of participating publishers and journals and other full-text resources has grown continuously. 170 publishing partners and up to 365 publishers’ content are offering more than 65,000 information resources in Hinari and many others are joining the programme.