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HINARI - Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative

HINARI - Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative

HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme was set up by the World Health Organization and major publishers to enable developing countries to access collections of biomedical and health literature. There are up to 13,000 e-journals and up to 29,000 online books available to health institutions in more than 100 countries. HINARI is part of Research4Life, the collective name for four programs - HINARI (focusing on health), AGORA (focusing on agriculture), OARE (focusing on environment), and ARDI (focusing on applied science and technology). Together, Research4Life provides developing countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.

The HINARI program, and the other programs, were reviewed for the second time in 2010 and the publishers involved have committed to continuing with it until at least 2020. HINARI has received the high honor of the Medical Library Association's 2015 Louise Darling Medal for Collection Development in the Health Sciences.


On the occasion of the invitation of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the time of the invitation of General Secretary of the World Health Organization, Gro Harlem Brundtland, HINARI was launched in June 2001 with the contribution of six major publishers: Blackwell Publishing, Elsevier, Harcourt, Wolters Kluwer, Springer Science + Business Media, and John Wiley & amp; Sons. The name HINARI emerged as an abbreviation of the Health Inter-Network Access to Research Initiative. The full name was later unusable. The program was launched in January 2002 with 1,500 journals from the six publishing houses mentioned. As of 2015, nearly 200 publishing houses share online publications via the partner HINARI.  In 2007, 3,750 magazine titles were reached in HINARI.


Institutions eligible to participate in the program are: Universities, Faculties (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Public Health), Research Institutes, Training and Research Hospitals, Health Centers, Government Departments, National Medical Libraries and Local Civil Society Organizations.


The list of countries to which access is granted is based on four variables: Gross National Income (World Bank values), Per Capita Non-Gross National Income (World Bank values), United Nations Low Developed Countries List and Human Development Index . In 2007, users and institutions used the program in 113 countries.  Large and developing countries such as China and India are excluded from the program because Gross National Income is exceeding US $ 1 trillion.

Related Programs

  • TEEAL (The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library)
  • AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture)
  • OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment)
  • ARDI (Access to Research for Development and Innovation)

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