Health Research Web (HRWeb)
is a web-based, interactive platform aimed at improving health, equity and development through research. HRWeb is particularly aimed at research focusing on improving health in low and middle income countries and populations, but it will be useful to high income countries as well.
Health Research Web is a web-based information and management platform and, as a means to that end, also an online community of people interested in building a high-quality information and management system in a spirit of mutual respect and in pursuit of 'health for all' by enabling all who work for health, equity and development through research to find, use and share information needed to achieve their goals.
HRWeb is a growing source of information on the structure, organisation, financing and prioritisation of research for health in and for low and middle income countries. It is not primarily a research database – these can be found elsewhere. Instead, HRWeb's unique contributions are that:
a) it organises global information on research for health from the point of view of low and middle income countries;
b) it captures research system information – enabling countries and institutions to govern and manage health research as an essential aspect of increasing health, equity and development;
c) it makes this domain interactive, open to the public – to everyone – not just to research institutions, donors or industry; and
d) it creates a platform that can be used for internal institutional management or for sharing institutional, national or regional data with the world.
Taken together, these contributions aim to provide governments and institutions, in low and middle income countries in particular, with key information they need to optimize the potential of research to improve health and development. It will also increase visibility and accountability of all those engaged in research for health, and provides a source of information to find collaborators or to support capacity building.