Tessa Tan-Torres Edejer of the World Health Organisation argues that, although there have been some pioneering efforts to increase access to health information in developing countries, only 1 in 5000 people in Africa have access to the Internet, compared to 1 in 6 in the West.
Only 1 in 5000 in Africa have access to the Internet.
Efforts are being made to bring technologies to developing countries. Centres that provide access to on-line health information in remote areas are being established, and credible organizations are developing valuable databases.
Issues such as inconsistency of health information and limited access to research from developing countries are also being addressed.
The greatest challenge is getting people to use and interact with the technology.
Once this is achieved, Tan-Torres Edejer concludes: "the Internet can provide a mechanism for users to become active partners in the dissemination of information and in policymaking."