Net gain for Arab health?

Yasser Shehata, Aziz Sheikh

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The internet remains a relatively new development within much of the Arab world. Although access and use are rapidly increasing, particularly amongst the young, it still figures relatively little in the day to day life of most Arabs. Where used, it is primarily for social reasons. Very few are likely to log on for health information and advice.

Given this background, the recent launch of Sehetna (, Jordan's first Arabic health portal, is therefore somewhat surprising. Also unusual for a health portal in a Muslim country, is the provision of information about sensitive areas such as reproductive health care, family planning, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV/AIDS.

The portal, which was launched earlier this year with the enthusiastic support of King Abdullah II, has been developed by the Jordan Communication Partnership for Family Health Program at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, along with government partners.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)863
JournalBMJ (Clinical research ed.)
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2006


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