Hinari turns 15!
On 9 July 2001, the Hinari programme was formally launched by six founding publisher partners with the World health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland witnessing the signatures as they committed themselves to offering freely the full text of their biomedical journals in the developing world. At that time, few could have imagined that Hinari would be active, vibrant and still successful in 2016.
Not only that, Hinari has since been replicated in agriculture, the environment, and applied science/innovation, and transformed into a programme of Research4Life – a partnership of publishers, United Nations agencies, academic libraries, professional societies and companies.
Before the work of Hinari and then Research4Life began, the demand for scientific literature in low- and middle-income countries had gone unmet for many years with thousands of students, researchers, academics and policy makers struggling to gain access to current scientific information. While students and faculty were unable to access the literature and acquire the knowledge they needed, researchers and policy makers were confronted with mounting difficulties in publishing their findings, updating their health policies, identifying funding and making policy decisions based on evidence.
Now more than 175 publishers participate in Hinari offering tens of thousands of health, biomedical, and related social science literature in more than 100 countries, areas and territories to almost 6000 national health institutions.
With the effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals underway, Hinari recognizes that good health is indispensable to poverty reduction and sustainable development. Information and evidence are cornerstones for the robust health systems needed by low- and middle-income countries to create a post-2015 future world.
For fifteen years, Hinari has been opening doors for scientists worldwide. Now it is time to celebrate, and Hinari has a new look with a new logo to take us on to the next fifteen years and beyond.