Institutions of higher learning in Namibia have created a special database of research documents with regard to HIV-AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, which is freely accessible via the Internet.

Launching the database on Friday, Professor Lazarus Hangula, Vice Chancellor of the University of Namibia, said the virtual library, which is available on Unam's website, was supported by the Dutch government and the European Union.

"Our working group, which includes officials from the Ministry of Health and the Polytechnic, agreed that the Polytechnic would administer the necessary funding to develop this database. It is user friendly and easily accessible."

According to Professor Tjama Tjivikua, Rector of the Polytechnic, his institution was responsible for co-ordinating and implementing the activities and for setting up the database.

"It will allow our students, professionals, donor agencies and Government to identify the gaps in the available literature and information about HIV-AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, thus creating opportunities for further support towards social science research in all spheres of health," Tjivikua added.

The database ( is easily accessible via the Internet and will be updated regularly to reflect the latest research. Users can search for titles, subject terms, keywords, authors' names, organisations or journals. For some publications the link is provided to the actual document. In cases where the document cannot be accessed because of copyright restrictions, the user is linked to a physical library where the document can be accessed.

The Monitor