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AFRO-NETS> Supercourse Newsletter, March 20th, 2001

Supercourse Newsletter, March 20th, 2001

Dear Friends,

It is very exciting as today in the New York times there was a won-
derful story on Medical Journals, 'A New World Online' (NYT, Mar 20, 
2001, pg. D1). It was exciting as we got to see for the first time a 
picture of Helga Patrikios who has been on our lists for a long time, 
and is a good friend. Helga has been a major force in Africa to bring 
the journals to Zimbabwe, as well as many other places throughout Af-
rica. It also is a very nice picture of her. You can find the article 
and her picture at:

She pointed out as we all know the enormous impact of the British 
Medical Journal. Tony Delamothe has been the driving force as web 
editor. We got into this controversial area a few years ago when we 
wrote an article called "The Death of Biomedical Journals": 

We argued for limited access servers to allow journals into some 
countries but not others. It is interesting to see the journals be-
moaning the fact that developing countries cannot obtain AIDS drugs. 
It seems a little hypercritical when journals will not lower their 
prices for developing countries. The NY Times piece nicely describes 
where we are now in access to the scientific literature.

World Bank: 
Last week we met with some wonderful people at the World Bank includ-
ing Eugene Boostrom, M.D., Virginia Lee and others. The World Bank is 
in the process of developing a gateway to knowledge 
( They have put a large amount of resources 
in the development of an elegant web site. The concept of this gate-
way is that the site will collect information that will be important 
for the economic development of countries. One of the channels is 
that of health. They ask people world wide to share their knowledge 
with them, and make it available on the World Bank. They do not pay 
for the content (darn it), but the exposure is great. We talked with 
them about developing a Mirrored Site at the World Bank for the Su-
percourse. It could be very exciting.

Islamic Heritage: 
In a few weeks Abed Husseini will be coming for a few months visit. 
Abed is a bright young epidemiologist from Palestine. We will be 
teaching him about the development of the Supercourse. We are very 
much interested in developing an Islamic Heritage Supercourse as a 
start for "customized" internet prevention. Most of or religions have 
a hygienic base. The concept of one-size fits all makes little sense. 
We plan to start with Islamic Health and then move to areas. Muhammad 
Pate from the World Bank, nicely described this as taking a diversi-
fied approach to prevention.

Supercourse Utilization: 
The stages of the development of the Supercourse have been first to 
develop the network, second to acquire content, and third to distrib-
ute the contact world wide. All of these have been successful beyond 
our wildest imaginations. The fourth step will be to encourage people 
to use the Supercourse for their classroom teaching, targeting Sept.1. 

We would like to begin to identify the people who have used the Su-
percourse for a classroom teaching so that we can learn from you. If 
you have used a Supercourse Lecture, or know of someone who has, it 
would be wonderful if you could let us know. It would be wonderful if 
you could suggest how we might encourage people world wide to use the 

Please return this information:

When did you use the Supercourse?
Advantages of using a lecture:
Disadvantage of using a lecture:

Thanks so much.

Ron, Akira, EunRyoung, Benjamin, Fan, Faina, Ying, Tom, Deb, Yue Fang

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