Careful planning of human, financial and material resources is an important prerequisite to starting and maintaining a bulletin. Where resources are limited, you will need to set strict priorities. However, with adequate motivation and commitment, it may be possible to achieve a lot with limited resources.
It would be ideal to run a bulletin after gathering together all the resource materials, physical facilities and equipment recommended for a drug information service. This is often not possible, especially in developing countries. It is therefore important to be realistic about your needs and the possibilities available. An initial task is to carefully identify the resources you already have (e.g. through local organizations or institutions) and what additional resources are needed for a modest but useful beginning.
Box 5.1 Types of resources needed to start a drug bulletin
• people: editors, secretary or administrative assistant, accountant, etc.
• references: books, journal subscriptions
• an office
• computer(s) with Internet access
• office supplies
• telephone, fax
• a means of distributing the bulletin (either autonomous or ‘piggyback’).