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[Comment] Building virtual communities of practice for health

Advances in medical research and innovation mean little if they do not reach the patients who need them. Too often, specialised medical knowledge remains within the walls of academic and tertiary care centres in capitals and major cities, inaccessible to much of the world’s population due to geographical distance and economic disparity. To “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”, UN Sustainable Development Goal 3, a more efficient and equitable way to disseminate new scientific knowledge and evidence-based expertise is needed.