Stories from the field: How Access to Scientific Literature is Improving the Livelihoods of Communities Around the World

This illuminating series of case studies provides insights into how access to the results of peer-reviewed research from Research4Life publisher partners is benefiting the health, well-being, and economic and social development of communities in the developing world, as well as contributing to greater environmental health and awareness.

To celebrate Research4Life’s 10th anniversary in 2011, we launched a user experience competition. We asked users to share with us how Hinari, AGORA or OARE has improved their work, life and community. In total we received some 60 entries from countries in all five continents. 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.

As you read through the following pages, you will discover how access to Hinari, AGORA and OARE has:

Allowed a doctor in Ethiopia to successfully treat a patient with a rare and serious condition, and helped his hospital to deliver more effective training to orthopaedic physicians (watch video)

Enabled local researchers, scholars and scientists at a Malawi agricultural college to produce quality and well-researched project reports, scientific papers, theses and dissertations

Enabled a Nepalese paediatrician to save children’s lives through better treatment of diarrhoeal diseases, at the same time as developing his hospital’s journal into a scientifically rigorous publication

Helped a physician to improve the lives of HIV-infected children in Zambia

Allowed a Nigerian researcher to complete his PhD and other research on organic agriculture, biopesticides and biofertilizers, while facilitating his acceptance into the global research community in his discipline

Helped a researcher from Burkina Faso to develop better and more informed scientific writing skills, produce focused research that he can discuss with top researchers worldwide, compete more effectively for research funding, and deliver better teaching programmes

Allowed a Sudanese policy-maker to introduce evidence-based policy development designed to improve the Sudanese people’s health in the long term

Enabled a midwife to improve maternity care in Zimbabwe and reduce maternal and neonatal mortality rates

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Making a Difference: Where are they now?

After four years since the release of the “Making a Difference” Booklet, we interviewed some of the participants of the first Research4Life case study publication. They shared with us how their lives have changed since the release of the booklet. Click on each link to read the complete story.

Tiny Tim & Friends (TTF) in Lusaka, Zambia

How access to scientific literature crucially improves the lives of affected children, adolescents and pregnant women from some of the most economically deprived compounds in Lusaka, Zambia. Read more

Dr. Tewodrus Tilahun

How access to online medical research is shaping the future of CURE Ethiopia Children’s Hospital. Read more

Dr. Gamal Khalafalla Mohamed Ali

How access to Hinari is supporting efforts towards evidence-based policy in Sudan. Read more

Geoffrey Salanje

How Bunda College of Agriculture in Malawi has been transformed thanks to access to online research information. Read more