Welcome to the Ptolemy Library
There has been considerable attention to providing electronic health information in the developing world, but until now, very little empirical evidence exists about how it is accessed and utilized. Research capacity is lacking in East Africa, where 400 surgeons care for more than 200 million people. Isolation, burden of practice and resource limitations make surgical education and research difficult in Africa. Electronic access to health information reduces these obstacles and the rapid spread of internet access in the African medical community makes it an increasingly attractive means to disseminate information and promote co-operation.
Access to quality health information is at the foundation of any realistic attempt to build research capacity in Africa and Ptolemy is highly leveraged to build research capacity and to foster scientific partnerships between Canadian and African researchers. The new knowledge generated will be valuable to local, national, and international health authorities, academic institutions, professional bodies and to national and international funding organizations. The groundwork laid here will lead to long-term grant proposals aimed at making a substantial impact on health through understanding how access to health information changes practice, education, and research in Africa.
Ptolemy is a partnership involving the University of Toronto (UofT), the Association of Surgeons of East Africa (ASEA), the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).