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Handout from the November 2011 global health ALISS showcase. Useful websites fro tracing information on global health

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  1. 1. Key international Organisations: IGOSThe following have large websites which offer some free access to statistical data.World Health Organization (WHO)Key publications.World Health report report has key statistics. Each year it also has a topical theme with articles. Freeaccess from 1995 onwards.International classification of diseases Travel and Health – recommended vaccinations for specific nations. Includesbasic maps of yellow fever, rabies and malaria distributionworldwide. Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Int.) - specifications for pharmaceutical substances World Health organization Library catalogue has a searchable catalogue of otherpublications – not all online and NGOs bibliography of research on the value of NGOs in healthcare.Global health Observatory on diseases, countries, health risks, global burden of disease.There are also specialist regional observatories. Note these may have specialist coverageof individual countries, plus more on regional programmes.Africa
  2. 2. Publications include Africa health MonitorPAHO Pan-American Health Organization office of the WHO. Vast online book store of reports covering specific diseases,health promotion, health systems.Key publications – Health Agenda for the Americas situation in the Americas basic indicators has a very good virtual library relating specifically to health in Latin America table generators for specific counties and indicators.Also includes Regional information system on alcohol and health, and a tobacco onlineinformation system.South East Asia Pacific access to papers, reports.Western Pacific Region Index Medicus (WPRIM)Libragional Office of the World Health OrganizatiUnited Nations Population Fund reports, data, statistics on reproductive health and population.Key Publication State of the World Population BankData section on health World Bank website contains development data Data here cover health systems,disease prevention, reproductive health, nutrition, and population dynamics. Data are fromthe United Nations Population Division, World Health Organization, United NationsChildrens Fund, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, and various othersources.
  3. 3. HNPFLASH is an external electronic newsletter sent monthly to subscribers interested inHealth, Nutrition, and Population activities of the World Bank Group. Health Atlas’s Communicable Disease Global Atlas is bringing together for analysis andcomparison standardized data and statistics for infectious diseases at country, regional,and global levelsGlobalhealthfacts.org data on HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, and more. ", a project of theHenry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, provides free, up-to-date and easy-to-access data bycountry on HIVAIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other key health and socio-economicindicators. The data are displayed in tables, charts, and color-coded maps and can bedownloaded for custom analyses." This site includes global data on a variety of diseases,programs, funding and financing, demography, population and the health workforce,among other data. An option for raw data downloads is available under the Tools tab.HealthMap: Global Disease Alert Map allows users to view current infectious diseases with an interactive mappingtool. The data is aggregated by disease and results can be displayed by either disease orcountry and provides easy access to the original alert. This site integrates outbreak datafrom a variety of sources, ranging from news sources such as Google News to validatedofficial alerts such as World Health OrganizationCancer Mondial to CANCERMondial. This website provides access to various databasescontaining information on the occurrence of cancer worldwide held and managed bythe Section of Cancer Information (CIN) of (Tropical Disease Research to foster Innovation and KnowledgeApplication) by TDR (UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Researchand Training in Tropical Diseases) includes toolkits, briefings, news.UNAIDS
  4. 4. Specialist body of the United Nations. Publishes an annual report and regularepidemiologyupdates.AidsInfo has visualisation maps of the extent of the disease
  5. 5. Useful websitesNews services.AlertNet news service run by Thomson Reuters Foundation. Although focusing primarily upondisasters and humanitarian aid, it covers many issues relating to development such asforeign aidWorld Health News news digest from the Center for Health Communication at the Harvard School ofPublic Health. The site covers critical public health issues from around the world. It isdesigned to be a resource for an international audience of policy makers and journalists aswell as public health researchers, practitioners, and advocates.Global Health Council independent alliance offers news updates via its website.Bibliographies/ Gateways.Global Health Library objective of the Global Health Library (GHL) is to contribute to radically increaseaccess to information and scientific evidence on health and ability to cross searchelibraries relating to health and the developing world. It currently cross searches a numberof indexes of medical journal articles produced by the regional bodies.British Library of Development Studies Library Catalogue free access to references to articles from over 150 journals taken by the library.The full list can be viewed on the website which also offers options for obtaining access tomaterials via interlibrary loan.PubMed Central (PMC)
  6. 6. General health database includes extensive references to articles covering the developingworld.Popline® (POPulation information onLINE) contains citations with abstracts to scientificarticles, reports, books, and unpublished reports in the field of population, family planning,and related health issues. POPLINE is maintained by the K4Health Project at the JohnsHopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs and isfunded by the United States Agency for International Development. (USAID).DFID Human Resource development Centre by the UK government offers information on health, education anddevelopment programmes from a UK perspective.Includes access to R4D supported by DFID.A searchable research database includes case studies systematic reviews.IDRC (Canada) research in developing countries to promote growth and development. IDRC Development Research Information System (IDRIS+): This comprehensive database contains all of IDRC’s project descriptions and research outputs. IDRC Digital Library (IDL): The digital library contains more than 42,000 items dating back to 1970ELDIS by the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex., funded by UKaid and IrishAid. Includes RSS newsfeeds, links and country and thematic guides. Includes health anddevelopment. and Health Surveys (DHS) has collected, analyzed, and disseminated accurate and representative data onpopulation, health, HIV, and nutrition through more than 260 surveys in over 90 countries.Funding received from USAID.Stat Compiler custom tables on more than 70 nations
  7. 7. on African health and Diseases guide from Penn University.Comprehensive collection of links includes extensive health news, NGO websitesWellcome Institute global health out about major on-going research programmes