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The free exchange of scientific and medical information can play an important role in international development.

BioMed Central provides free, immediate online access to the full text of all research articles published within its portfolio of 265 peer-reviewed journals, and through its open access waiver fund, enables scientific authors in low-income countries to overcome the financial barriers to publishing in open access journals.

Open access provides a way for researchers from low-income countries to participate more fully in the international research community, and so BioMed Central has created a set of initiatives designed to increase the visibility and output of scientific research from these countries.

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Research highlights

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    Longer stay linked to TB

    Despite measures to prevent infection spread the number of days spent in hospital in Botswana is strongly associated with development of tuberculosis (TB) within 12 months of discharge, and with TB-related mortality.

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:409
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    Decline in HIV-1 resistance mutations

    HIV-1 mutations associated with the individual drug components of HAART in treatment failing patients have declined, regardless of specific class combinations and epidemiological characteristics of treated population, likely due to the improvements in HIV treatment such as prescription guidelines.

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:398
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    Challenges of 'cocooning'

    The implementation of ‘cocooning’, via immunization of close contacts, to protect newborns from pertussis is challenging and usually remains incomplete, with parents often lacking knowledge of both the threats and transmission of this disease.

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:397

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Advocacy

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BioMed Central has a range of advocacy material to help you spread the word about open access at your institution. Visit our advocacy pages to download a range of material including posters, leaflets and presentations.

Open Access initiatives

Open Access Africa logo - an event from BioMed Central

Open Access Africa 2012, hosted by BioMed Central and held at the University of Cape Town, brought together researchers, librarians, university administrators, funders and other decision-makers to discuss the benefits of open access to research in an African context, from the perspective of both researchers seeking to globally communicate their work, as well as readers seeking to access information.

Presentation slides and video of the sessions from Open Access Africa are available here.

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