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Elsevier supports Ebola battle by providing free access to ClinicalKey

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Elsevier is to give free access to its clinical information and reference tool, ClinicalKey, to support healthcare professionals battling Ebola in west Africa.

The countries included in the access programme include the four in west Africa currently affected – Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Guinea – plus other African states where the outbreak has the potential to spread. These include Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ghana, Angola, Togo, United Republic of Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Burundi, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar and Malawi. All IPs originating from these countries will be granted free access for the next two months.

'Our thoughts and prayers during this crisis are for the people of west Africa, especially the healthcare workers there, from all over the world, who are working hard to contain this outbreak,' said Jay Katzen, president of Elsevier Clinical Solutions. 'As a provider of health, medical and patient care information, Elsevier is opening up the largest single reference site for clinical information, ClinicalKey, to frontline aid and medical workers to support their efforts during this challenging time.'

ClinicalKey provides evidence-based clinical answers drawn from the single largest body of clinical content available, including Medline, 600-plus journals, more than 1,100 books, drug information, guidelines, and patient education. Its Smart Search enables ClinicalKey to understand clinical terms and discover the most relevant medical and related content often missed by other search engines. The service is also optimised for mobile devices.

In addition, Elsevier is one of many publishers contributing to the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI), a programme of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in partnership with the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the professional/scholarly publishing division of the Association of American Publishers. The NIH activated the programme in August in response to the Ebola outbreak.