Issue No 08 newsletter

: 02 March 2017

Ibadan University hosts 18th AGORA/HINARI National Workshop

Ibadan University in Oyo State was host to the 18th AGORA/HINARI National workshop for Nigeria from 26 -29 June, 2007. The ITOCA team has been on the road conducting the Training of Training workshops in AGORA and HINARI since beginning of 2005 and the journey has seen the team through Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Mozambique, Senegal, Mali, Zambia and Lesotho. The workshops bring together 25-30 participants from various institutions and equip participants with necessary skills to fully utilize these programs as well as other resources available over the internet and how to market and cascade the training. The Training of Trainer approach is proving to be paying dividends as over 5000 participants have been trained downstream.

The Ibadan workshop brought together a total of 31 participants from 22 institutions . Marcus Banks a member of Librarians Without Borders- an MLA Global Initiative (Co-funders of the workshop) had this comment about the workshop.

“Overall, I think it is excellent. The modules all flow logically into one another, and there is excellent documentation and many exercises to reinforce skills.

Great job everyone!!”

Building a user community in Africa: ‘HINAGOA’ users forum

The Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA) and its partners are implementing a HIN-AG-OA Users Forum. HINARI, AGORA and OARE programmes (HIN-AG-OA) were developed to answer the need to improve access to up-to-date scientific scholarly literature in biomedical, health sciences, agriculture, environmental sciences and related fields for scientists, researchers and information managers in low income countries. The launch of HINARI led by WHO in collaboration with the publishers and Yale University, in January 2002 was prompted by the research and teaching needs of the user community in the developing countries particularly in South Asia, Latin America and Sub-Sahara Africa, many who had not had access to journals for many years and worked with outdated technologies due to lack of access to recent scholarly journals. AGORA and OARE programmes launched in 2003 and 2006 respectively have been developed along the lines and address similar needs with focus in agriculture and the environment. From the onset, the three initiatives, sought to provide the users, one of the important stakeholders in the programmes, ‘a voice’ in the on-going and future developments of HIN-AG-OA in order to ensure the programmes address the real needs of the users in Africa.

Project goals:

  • To identify and mobilize HINAGOA users in Africa and create a formal forum of users that support for the programmes development.
  • To network and influence the formation of user chapters in each of the initially selected ten African countries.
  • To document the lessons from the project with the aim of expanding the initiative throughout the eligible countries in Africa and replicating the model through out other regions of the world.

This is an invitation to join the user community in Africa of AGORA, HINARI AND OARE Programmes.

The goals of the HIN-AG-OA User Forum are:

  • Network and share information and experiences as a HINAGOA user
  • Keep abreast of what’s going in your field and learn about breakthroughs in e-resource access and     management  through the HIN-AG-OA gateways
  • Collectively provide feedback to the programmes and help shape the future of HIN-AG-OA
  • Organize and attend HIN-AG-OA training sessions to update your skills
  • As a member you will receive and have access to:
    • The ITOCA Quarterly E-newsletter and the HIN-AG-OA annual e-newsletter.
    • The HIN-AG-OA user community listserv.

The HIN-AG-OA user forum will launched at the end of August 2007.

If you would like to be part of this User Community please register by sending in your full name; email address; work designation and address to:

Are you accessing Soil health Information?

“ITOCA (Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa) and CIIFAD (Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development) are working on a survey to make it easier and more cost-effective for those in Africa to find and obtain information on “soil health”. The survey results will be used to figure out the easiest ways for one to locate and obtain the information they need using the communication tools available to them.

A survey questionnaire was sent out to soil scientists and respondents were automatically entered into a draw for a book and flash disks. The following respondents won the prizes

Book winner, Biological Approaches to Sustainable Soil Systems” by Norman Uphoff…et al. Congratulations to Helen Wangechi, Assistant Research Officer, TSBF-CIAT, Kenya.

IGB Flash drives, Congratulations to Nerisa Kamar, Research Librarian, Egerton University, Kenya and Tegwe Soko, Plant Breeder, Crop Breeding Institute, Zimbabwe.


Dr Jalloh Lives up to expectations!

When participants are invited to take part in the HINARI/AGORA Training of Trainer workshops it is hoped that true to their word they will be in a position to go back to their institutions and train others. The ITOCA follow-up programme on trainees shows that around 65% actually train others after the attending the workshops. There has been good success stories on the cascading effect of the ITOCA workshops through-out Sub-Saharan African and the latest success story comes from Senegal where Dr Mohammed Jalloh of the Hôpital Général de Grand Yoff (HOGGY) held yet another successful training for his fellow physicians.

On 23rd August 2007, Dr Jalloh conducted a one day training session for 17 Physicians and 1 chief nurse from 3 hospitals. Dr Jalloh says that he enjoys teaching his colleagues and making sure that they also have access to the “good quality scientific resources” available through HINARI. To deliver the training he used our new “HINARI Short Course” which you can also use if you have limited training time. To get a copy of the HINARI Short Course you can send an email to Lenny Rhine at or Vimbai Hungwe at or go to the training materials available on the HINARI website (short course still to be posted). Dr Jalloh is continuing with his training and his next target includes, residents, Nurses and chief nurses and more physicians from other hospitals.


HINARI/ AGORA/ OARE Title lists keep growing

The list of journal titles for AGORA, HINARI and OARE keep growing as more partner publishers join the fight to bridge the information gap between developing and developed countries. The collection of full text online journals accessed through these programs continues to grow in leaps and bounds with AGORA currently at 1132, HINARI at over 3770 titles and 2035 for OARE. The scholarship available through these programs equates accessing institutions to only the wealthiest universities in the world in terms of accessing latest quality information. Many institutions are taking advantage of these initiatives with current registrations in Africa at 466 institutions for AGORA, 867 for HINARI and 375 for OARE

Qualifying institutions can register for these programs by filling in a registration form available at for HINARI for AGORA and for OARE

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