Annual Program Report 2004 - American International Health Alliance

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Annual Program Report 2004 - American International Health Alliance

INFORMATION AND

COMMUNICATION

TECHNOLOGY

“The LRC is a very

important tool for

changing the way

people who work in

healthcare think

because it gives them

an opportunity to

learn to make the

maximum use of

existing information

resources, both for

themselves and for the

people around them.”

– Yuri Vorokhta,

information coordinator

for the Odessa State

Medical University LRC

AIHA’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) programs

focus on improving access to reliable health and medical information for

health professionals worldwide, as well as developing the capacity for health

professionals to interpret and apply this information using the principles of

evidence-based practice. With greater access to information, physicians,

nurses, educators, policymakers, and other health professionals are

equipped with greater capability to improve the quality and effectiveness of

the healthcare they deliver. AIHA’s ICT programs strive to both improve

the availability of appropriate native-language health information resources

and build upon the infrastructure and capacity of healthcare institutions to

access and use these resources.

Learning Resource Center Project Selected as Stockholm

Challenge Finalist

AIHA’s Learning Resource Center (LRC) Project was a finalist in the 2003-

2004 Stockholm Challenge, a prestigious award for innovative ICT programs

in international development. The Stockholm Challenge is a nonprofit

initiative of the City of Stockholm that focuses on the benefits of ICT for

people and society. The LRC Project was selected from a field of nearly 900

entries from 107 countries. Finalists were invited to attend a conference and

ceremony held in Stockholm in May. An international jury of 28 experts

selected finalists in six categories – e-government, culture, health, education,

e-business and environment – based on innovation, user need, accessibility

and transferability.

Sixteen New LRCs Established

AIHA established 16 new Learning Resource Centers in the Caucasus,

Central Asia, Kosovo and Russia to support AIHA partnerships in primary

care, medical and nursing education, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health.

These centers joined the network of 130 LRCs established in the region since

1995. During 2004, the LRC project provided information and communication

services to 75,000 health professionals and fulfilled 8,500 information

requests. The LRCs trained 2,400 health professionals on the use of computers

and the Internet and opened their doors to nearly 21,000 visitors.

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