The idea developed by Mr. McLuhan, in the late sixties, that the world would become
a sort of "global village" is a myth. Even if the
idea may seem attractive, it is clear that the globalization of communication
remains the prerogative of the North and part of the world, in this case the Third World, is still excluded from the process. For proof, at the G7 conference in Brussels in February 1995, Thabo Mbeki, then deputy
president of South Africa
stated that "more than half of mankind has never dialled a phone [and] there are more telephones in Manhattan
than in all SSA. As a medical student doing his thesis on the topic of the
research of medical information on internet by health professionals, I have had
several opportunities to see how difficult it is to get good quality information.
That’s how I discovered OA and the opportunity it represent for developing
countries. In spite of that the OA movement is almost unknown here. So I gathered
some of my classmates to help me celebrate the OAW 2010.In the framework of this
event we decided to conduct a survey among doctors and medical students of the faculty
of medicine, pharmacy and odonto-stomatology of the University
of Bamako in Mali in order
to assess their knowledge and skills to use the OA resources. That will allow us
to best plan the OAW activities and to give to the event a greatest visibility.
The aim is to create greater understanding of OA and also to fully profit from
opportunities provided by OA.