library on HIV/AIDS: a resource for learning
C. Aragones Lopez1,2, J.R. Campos Diaz1,2, D. Alvarez Gainza1, L.J. Perez Avila3
1Institute of Tropical Medicine Pedro Kourí, Havana, Cuba., Biostatistics and Informatics, La Habana, Cuba, 2GPSIDA, Groups of Prevention of AIDS, La Habana, Cuba, 3Institute of Tropical Medicine Pedro Kourí, Havana, Cuba., Hospital, La Habana, Cuba
Background: AIDS epidemic is an important challenge to human survival. Although the prevalence in Cuba is 0.1% in adult people, HIV/AIDS is a priority problem. In order to avoid new infections and support people with HIV and their relatives it is necessary to carry out actions to educate them and give as much information as possible, so they will have alternatives to prevention. The computer science as learning tool has been proven in different modalities. Four years ago, it was created an electronic library for all patients who assisted to the outpatient service of the Institute of Tropical Medicine Pedro Kourí with good results (Mexico 2008 - Campos JR).
Methods: In a second stage of developing of the HIV/AIDS library (2009) we decided to transform our library into digital and open the access through the web not only for people who attend the outpatient service but for people who work in other areas and outside the institution.
Results: At this moment the digital library counts with 2195 articles in PDF format. It has received 2135 visits, of which 29% are from women. A person who is its administrator updates it with new information. A satisfaction survey is automatically applied to the registered clients and their opinions are taken. The software offers the possibility to search articles. Clients may upload documents to be considered to include in the library by the administrator. [pic_01]
Conclusions: The library constitutes an important resource for learning about HIV. It gives information tools for prevention and how to deal with HIV.
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