Literature searching for neglected tropical diseases

These have been much in the news in 2011 and 2012 as a serious cause of poverty. There are two databases (not so well known as Medline) which are particularly valuable for researchers and practitioners who are working on parasitic diseases closely associated with the environment e.g. Onchocerciasis, Schistosomiasis, Elephantiasis, Dracunculiasis etc

The Cochrane Library contains evidence based databases of systematic reviews and clinical trials which is available through HINARI– choose “Reference sources”.

Global Health is a database of articles which focuses on public health.  Links to the full text can be made in a number of ways –  link to their blog  6 Dec.  2011 for a full explanation:

  • View Full Text button goes to the Global Health repository
  • The URL on a database record will go to a publisher or society’s website where you may have access through HINARI or subscription
  • DOI (Digital Object Identifier) – try putting it into Google to see if it is in a repository somewhere
  • Contact the author directly.

Unfortunately Global Health is not available through HINARI, but access to it through another library in your own country or in a partner library may be possible. However the publisher CABI produces an online newsletter (CABI Ezine) and a blog which are free of charge.

Jean Shaw, Phi


About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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