(2004; 45 pages)
Timely and targeted distribution will be a key factor for successful application and use of the NF, and the following issues should be considered:
• The method of distribution chosen should ensure that copies of the NF are delivered promptly to the targeted audience and do not remain in boxes in hospital or library storerooms. Posters, circulars, letters to heads of medical and nursing units can be sent to inform users on when and where to collect their copies. Existing medicine distribution systems may be utilized for rapid delivery to individual health facilities throughout the country.
• If mailing is used for distribution of the NF to individuals or institutions, it is essential that the mailing list is checked for accuracy of names and addresses. It should list only those who should be receiving the NF to reduce waste of resources on mailing costs and lost and unused copies.
• Price. NFs are frequently provided free of charge to targeted health professionals in the public health sector of the country to ensure equal access. Additional copies may be provided either free, or at a cost, to other users such as private health care providers and students in private institutions who request copies of the NF.