Sharing health information in the Caribbean: SANITAS and Suriname

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Sharing health information in the Caribbean: SANITAS and Suriname

  1. 1. Sharing health information in the Caribbean: SANITAS and Suriname Jane W.F. Smith Library Director Library University of Suriname May, 2009
  2. 2. Health situation analysis <ul><li>Total population: 455,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Gross national income per capita (PPP international $): 7,720 </li></ul><ul><li>Life expectancy at birth m/f (years): 65/71 </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy life expectancy at birth m/f (years, 2003): 57/61 </li></ul><ul><li>Probability of dying under five (per 1 000 live births): 39 </li></ul><ul><li>Probability of dying between 15 and 60 years m/f (per 1 000 population): 270/172 </li></ul><ul><li>Total expenditure on health per capita (Intl $, 2006): 361 </li></ul><ul><li>Total expenditure on health as % of GDP (2006): 7.4 </li></ul><ul><li>Source: World Health Statistics 2008 </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Ministry of Public Health http:// www.volksgezondheid.gov.sr / </li></ul><ul><li>Bureau of Public Health </li></ul><ul><li>Primary Health Care </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coastal area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Regional Health Services (in 8 districts, 50 clinics, 100,000 clients) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Private General Practitioners </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interior </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Medical Missions (in 2 districts, 50 centers, 50,000 clients) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Secundary Health Care </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5 General hospitals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 private (one with link to interior) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3 public (two with Emergency Room, one specialized in Mother Child Care) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Mental hospital </li></ul></ul>Organization Health Care
  4. 4. <ul><li>Government </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National Health Insurance Fund (Staatsziekenfonds) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Private sector </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Several insurance companies offers health insurance packages </li></ul></ul>Health Insurance
  5. 5. <ul><li>Library University of Suriname </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical Library ( medbib @ sr.net ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Documents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Periodicals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Study facilities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internet access </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Online databases </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hinari </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Medline </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Popline </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Medcarib </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Health Information
  6. 6. <ul><li>Students and lecturers of the Faculty of Medical Sciences; </li></ul><ul><li>Researchers of the Bio-Medical Research Institute; </li></ul><ul><li>Students of other institutions of Medical education (e.g. School for Nursing, Dental Care, Pharmacy etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Exponents of the Medical Profession (e.g. Physicians, Nurses etc.. </li></ul>Our target groups
  7. 7. <ul><li>Compulsory study material </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant course material </li></ul><ul><li>Up-to-date periodicals </li></ul><ul><li>E-documents </li></ul><ul><li>Internet access to medical information </li></ul>Our Collection
  8. 8. <ul><li>Pro-active approach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Satisfying the information needs: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulary send relevant articles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Selective dissimination of information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet the interest profiles of the users; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Promote Information literacy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>library tours </li></ul></ul>Promote medical information
  9. 9. <ul><li>It is a positive development that health information in the Caribbean is accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Sanitas provides medical information without a language barrier; </li></ul><ul><li>Information professionals are committed to share information about their countries. Therefore we have to seize this opportunity with both hands and contribute to Sanitas </li></ul>Conclusion

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