How can we gauge the importance of Research4Life? One way is to look at scholarly output in nations with HINARI/AGORA/OARE access. While a cause-and-effect relationship can’t be established, such access may be a factor in a nation’s increase in scholarly output. For example, according to Dr. Andrew Plume, Senior Publishing Information Manager, Research & Academic Relations, Elsevier, Oxford, UK, countries benefiting from, for example, HINARI — launched in 2001 and providing journal access since 2002 — have seen a massive increase in the number of authors publishing in international peer-reviewed journals, well in excess of the increase seen in the remaining nations of the world.

When looking at the number of authors publishing in peer-reviewed journals over the five-year period 2002–2006, there is a 38% growth for non-HINARI countries but 63% growth for those signed up to HINARI. When looking at the number of authors publishing in peer-reviewed journals over the five-year period 1997–2001, there is a growth rate of 20% for both sets of countries.

Research4Life users regularly share their experiences on how access to these journals have impacted their work.

To celebrate Research4Life’s 10th anniversary in 2011, we launched a user experience competition. We asked users to share with us how the these programmes have improved their work, life and community. This impressive array of inspiring testimonies revealed a wealth of positive impacts brought about by Research4Life. This book celebrates the stories behind some of these competition entries. Download the booklet Research4Life – Making a Difference: Stories from the field.

Below you will find some more examples of the institutions – and their people – who are using the programmes, and the impact it is making on their research.

Below you will find some more examples of institutions – and their people – who are using the programmes, and the impact it is making on their research.
A few years ago we carried out an experiment for surgical operations of some livestock animals and as we thought it was excellent research, we wrote a manuscript on the findings for publication in a journal. However, after a review of the manuscript it came back with the comment that the drug which we used as anaesthesia for the animals had been banned about 5 years earlier. Had we had access to up-to-date published literature through such resources like AGORA this would not have happened.”

Prof. Shehu U. Abdulahi, Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

There is a huge inequality in the developing world regarding access to health information and HINARI levels the playing field. But still there has been little culture of using HINARI as a resource for research, so training and experience is needed. HINARI has to be around for a long while before the results will really be seen in terms of a culture of learning”

School of Tropical Medicine, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My access to OARE when I did my PhD programme did not only enable me as a person achieve my target but also to improve the quality of life among the Ogiek people in Mauche and Newsiit where diarrhoea and coughs, among other preventable ailments, have been ravaging lives of children and many adults in a vicious disease circle.”

Wilkista Nyaora Moturi, Head of Environment Studies Department, Egerton University, Kenya

Scientific journals are very important in the developing world because they give the scientists– the knowledge, the cutting edge information so that they can be able to fight diseases…work on issues of the environment, [and] work with the issues of poverty. Programmes like HINARI, AGORA and OARE…give access to many in the developing world. …this ensures that…scientific knowledge also comes to the scientists in the developing world so that they can add their own innovation…adapt it to their own environments and really work on the solutions”

Gracian Chimwaza, Executive Director of ITOCA (Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa), Pretoria, South Africa

In medical work and in training and in research, information is something very crucial…We need to know what is done elsewhere. Before we knew about Hinari finding information was very difficult. Hinari [helps] us to have the data we need in real time. We just have to go to the website, do…the appropriate search and then we can download the resources that are there….It solves…problem of train and treating patient[s].”

Dr. Mahammoud Jaro, Urologist, Dakar Senegal