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Index Medicus for the Eastern Mediterranean Region

In order to give access to health literature published in or related to the Eastern Mediterranean Region, the Eastern Mediterranean Region Library Network (EMLIBNET) produces an international index to Eastern Mediterranean health literature and information sources using headings according to the Medical Subject Headings MeSH list of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. This index is called Index Medicus for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region (IMEMR).

Why index Eastern Mediterranean health literature?

The need for improved access to what has been published on health issues in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, including countries such as: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, The Occupied Territories, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, U.A.E., and Yemen Arab Republic has long been felt by researchers, development agencies, health administrators and planners both inside and outside the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Eastern Mediterranean Regional health and biomedical information sources are not always included in the world's leading bibliographic databases.

The IMEMR database is the only system in the world which indexes and disseminates health and biomedical information originating in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and it is as current as any modern international indexing service.

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