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MIM COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK (MIMCom)

Original Mandate
MIMCom was founded as the MIM Internet communication arm following the observation in 1997 by the 1st MIM Pan-African Malaria Conference held in Dakar, Senegal, that African research scientists lacked access to Internet connectivity, which is an invaluable facility for effective research.. Internet access would not only provide electronic communication between scientists within and outside of Africa but also access to publications. As a follow up to the Conference, a working group was formed to discuss ways in which to provide this access, and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) was charged with leading the effort to create the necessary communications network.


What is MIMCom
MIMCom comprises telecommunications; information access; and new tools for research, training, and evaluation. It undertakes:

1. Site surveys to determine requirements and their costs;
2. Negotiations with African telecommunications regulatory authorities;
3. Assistance with equipment purchase and installation;
4. System monitoring;
5. Technical assistance, training, and support to ongoing communications projects;
6. Handling of monies and agreements;
7. Establishment of document delivery systems and information portals;
8. Promotion of increased electronic access to medical literature for malaria researchers in Africa; and
9. Promotion of malaria research agendas

Individual sites and their funding partners are responsible for equipment costs and the shared cost of using satellite bandwidth


MIMCom Partners

1. African Partners
i. Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI);
ii. Ghana - Noguchi Memorial Research Institute;
iii. Ghana – Navrongo Health Research Centre;
iv. Tanzania – National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR);
v. Tanzania - Ifakara Health Research and Development Centre (IHRDC);
vi. Tanzania - Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC);
vii. Uganda Viral Research Institute;
viii. Mali – Malaria Research and Training Centre;
ix. International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE);
x. Medical Library at the University of Zimbabwe;
xi. South Africa Medical Research Council;

2. United States Partners
i. National Library of Medicine (NLM);
ii. National Institutes of Health (NIH);
iii. American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS)

3. United Kingdom Partners
Redwing Satellite Solutions Ltd


MIMCom Ongoing Projects
To be filled in by MIMCom


MIMCom Contacts
Julia Royall
Project Director
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894 USA
Fax: +1 – 301 496 4450
Email: jroyall@nilm.nih.gov
Website: www.nlm.nih.gov/mimcom

 
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