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Organizations and Agencies

American International Health Alliance (AIHA)
AIHA operates under a cooperative agreement with the Agency for International Development (USAID). AIHA establishes and manages partnerships between health care institutions in the United States and their counterparts in Central and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union.

CDC--Global Health
"Through the Global Health Initiative (GHI), the United States will invest $63 billion over six years to help partner countries improve health outcomes through strengthened health systems – with a particular focus on improving the health of women, newborns and children through programs including infectious disease, nutrition, maternal and child health, and safe water." This website includes links to many of the CDC's international programs as well as a link to international health regulations and other resources.

FHI 360 (formerly Family Health International)
FHI conducts research in family planning and sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV/AIDS) and offers many full text materials online.

Global Environmental Facility
"An independent financial organization, the GEF provides grants to developing countries and countries with economies in transition for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants. " GEF's implementing agencies are the UN Development Programme; the UN Environment Programme; the World Bank; the UN Food and Agriculture Organization; the UN Industrial Development Organization; the African Development Bank; the Asian Development Bank; the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; the Inter-American Development Bank; and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. An online database of projects is available.

This site functions as a portal for the U S Department of Health and Human Services Office of International and Refugee Health and describes DHHS projects and programs worldwide. It also has links to world health statistics, as well as OIRH publications.

Global Forum for Health Research
Only an estimated 10% of the $70 billion spent on health research and development annually is used for research into 90% of the world's health problems. The Global Forum's objective is to help correct this gap by focusing research efforts on diseases representing the heaviest burden on the world's health and facilitating collaboration between partners in both the public and private sectors. This is done by analysis of the burden of disease, cost-effectiveness analysis of investments in health research, and monitoring research flows in health research.

Health Canada
"Health Canada is the Federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, while respecting individual choices and circumstances."

Hesperian Foundation (Berkeley, CA)
"The Hesperian Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to improving the health of people in poor communities throughout the world by making health information accessible. We produce books and other educational resources for community-based health care."

International Center for Research on Women
"The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) works to make women in developing countries an integral part of alleviating global poverty. Our research evidence identifies women’s contributions as well as the obstacles that prevent them from being economically strong and able to fully participate in society. ICRW translates these insights into a path of action that honors women’s human rights, ensures gender equality and creates the conditions in which all women can thrive." The ICRW's publications library includes freely available reports, toolkits, policy briefs and position papers on topics such as child marriage, economic empowerment, food security, HIV/AIDS, maternal health, and trafficking, among many others.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
The OECD provides the governments of its 30 member nations a setting in which to discuss, develop and perfect economic and social policy. Numerous publications and statistics are available on their web site.

OECD Health Statistics (contains OECD Health Data datasets)
Note: Access limited to UC faculty, staff, and students.
OECD Health Statistics is a interactive database covering over 1,200 indicators and offering sophisticated query modules. Some time series go back as far as 1960. Main fields covered include: Health status, Health care utilisation, Health care resources, Health expenditure and financing, Social protection, Pharmaceutical market, Non-medical determinants of health, Demographic references, and Economic references.

OECD iLibrary (replaces SourceOECD)
Note: Access limited to UC faculty, staff, and students.
OECD iLibrary provides access to books, papers, statistics, and periodicals produced by OECD since the early 1980s. It is searchable by subject, series, country, and more.

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
PAHO's "essential mission is to strengthen national and local health systems and improve the health of the peoples of the Americas, in collaboration with Ministries of Health, other government and international agencies, nongovernmental organizations, universities, social security agencies, community groups, and many others." The site has many books, periodicals, databases, technical documents and more.

Country Health Profiles for the Americas

Regional Core Health Data Initiative — Table Generator System
"includes 108 essential health indicators to quantitatively characterize the health situation of 48 countries and territories of the Region of the Americas for the period 1995-2004. With this Table Generator System, you can construct tables by any combination of indicator(s)/country(ies)/year(s)."

Population Reference Bureau
PRB provides information on U.S. and international population trends and their implications.

United Nations
» Official Web Site Locator for the United Nations System of Organizations

Food and Agriculture Organization
Provides access to FAOSTAT, the online searchable database of international statistics for the following areas: Food Supply, Food Security, Trade, Prices, and more NOTE: The free version of the database allows for limited downloads of up to 4000 records. For unlimited and "bulk" downloads a userid and password are required. Ask at any reference desk for assistance. Also available is the FAO Statistical Yearbook.

United Nations Development Programme
UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions to the problems of democratic governance, poverty reduction, energy and environment, HIV/AIDS, and more. "The Millennium Development Goals are an ambitious agenda for reducing poverty and improving lives." Human Development Reports include global, regional, and national reports and data of the state of human development.

Official Documents of the United Nations
This database includes "all types of official United Nations documentation, beginning in 1993. Older UN documents are, however, added to the system on a daily basis. ODS also provides access to the resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council from 1946 onwards." Several search options are available.

United Nations Statistics Division. Demographic, Social and Housing Statistics
Includes a database of social indicators "which monitor the results of recent major United Nations conferences on children, population and development, social development and women", a Disability Database, (prevalence data), and more. Also includes information on methodology.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
» UNICEF Publications: Includes State of the World's Children and other statistical reports.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
" USAID carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad. Spending less than 1 percent of the total federal budget, USAID works in over 100 countries to:

USAID's Global Health Website
USAID's global health projects focus areas include HIV/AIDS, nutrition, tuberculosis, maternal and child health, and family planning, among others.

Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC)
DEC acquires USAID-funded publications for dissemination to the international development community. Online services include searchable database, document submission, e-mail subscription (for notification of new titles), and ordering documents and CD's. The document database is searchable by topic, country, author, title, and more. There are over 168,600 records in the database, with over 155,500 available for electronic download.

World Bank

World Bank e-Library updated
Note: Access limited to UC faculty, staff, and students.
The World Bank eLibrary contains the full collection of all World Bank publications and research including books published since the 1990s; all World Bank Economic Review (WBER) and World Bank Research Observer (WBRO) since 1996; all the issues of Development Outreach; and all the Policy Research Working Papers since 1995. The updated platform allows better access to book chapters and pdf content, a new country browse option, and mobile access, among other new or imporved features.
» World Bank eLibrary User Guide

Countries & Regions
Projects, news, and basic data

A monthly electronic publication, HNP FLASH covers issues on health, population, nutrition, and reproductive health.

"Resources and support for people working to understand and alleviate poverty." Includes several online publications, and a Poverty and Health page.

World Development Indicators Online
This database, produced by the World Bank, is "the primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources. It presents the most current and accurate global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates." It provides access to over 1100 development indicators with time series for 209 countries and 18 country groups from 1960 to 2009. Data includes vital statistics, demographics, labor force, health expenditures, malnutrition, pollution, trade, consumption, GDP, GNP, investment activity, debt, and much more.

World Health Organization (WHO)

eHealth and innovation in women's and children's health: A baseline review (2014) new
"This joint publication by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) reports the results of the first survey to study the impact of eHealth on women’s and children’s health in developing countries. It highlights many encouraging findings including the development of national eHealth policies, the monitoring of key indicators, and the implementation of electronic information systems."

Global Health Atlas (World Health Organization)
"WHO's Global Health Atlas is bringing together for analysis and comparison standardized data and statistics for infectious diseases at country, regional, and global levels. The analysis and interpretation of data are further supported through information on demography, socioeconomic conditions, and environmental factors. Key components of the Global Health Atlas include:

International Digest of Health Legislation
"The International Digest of Health Legislation contains a selection of national and international health legislation. Texts of legislation are summarized in English or mentioned by their title. Where possible, links are provided to other websites that contain full texts of the legislation in question." Searchable by country, subject, keyword, etc.

Regional Databases
Regional health and medical databases complement internationally known bibliographical indexes such as MEDLINE. There is a considerable amount of medical and health documentation from countries outside the major industrialized areas which is not included in MEDLINE. Includes:
» African Index Medicus *Note: intermittent access only. You may also want to try the Africa-Wide Information database below although it is not as current.
» Index Medicus for the Eastern Mediterranean Region
» Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information
» Index Medicus for the South-East Asian Region
» Western Pacific Region Index Medicus

WHO Global Health Observatory (GHO)
GHO provides access to statistical and epidemiological data available from the World Health Organization and elsewhere. The WHO Statistical Information System (WHOSIS) has been integrated into this new system.

WHO report on Global Surveillance of Epidemic-prone Infectious diseases (2000)
Analysis and interpretation of data collected by WHO on the surveillance of infectious epidemic diseases, the strengths and weaknesses of the data, and how the data can be used and interpreted. Time series data for approximately half a century are reported for many of these diseases. Such data allow recent changes to be interpreted in a long-term perspective. Also, this volume uses a multiple disease approach, and examines not only the surveillance of nine different diseases, but also contrasts and compares their global surveillance systems.

The World Health Report
The World Health Report is WHO's leading publication. Each year the report combines an expert assessment of global health, including statistics relating to all countries, with a focus on a specific subject. The main purpose of the report is to provide countries, donor agencies, international organizations and others with the information they need to help them make policy and funding decisions. Previous year's WHRs are also available online.

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Publications and Databases

To search for journal articles on this topic, use Indexes and Databases. To locate journals, use the Melvyl catalog, or the UC-eLinks Electronic Journals Search.

Africa-Wide Information (16th century-present)
Note: Access limited to UC faculty, staff, and students.
A comprehensive multidisciplinary database covering journals, magazines, newspapers, broadcasts, books and more on all aspects of Africa including politics, history, economics, health, and natural sciences.

Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA)
"CESSDA promotes the acquisition, archiving and distribution of electronic data for social science teaching and research in Europe. It encourages the exchange of data and technology and fosters the development of new organisations in sympathy with its aims." The web site provides access to many European data archives, as well as several from other parts of the world.

Country Health Profiles (PAHO)
A short summary of General Situation and Trends, Specific Health Problems and Risks, and Health Services and Resources information is given for each country.

Country Profiles
From Eldis, an information service of the Institute of Development Studies, this site provides information and statistics on gender, environment, food security, health and population, education, and more on about 150 of the world's nations.

Country Reports and Country Profiles (Economist Intelligence Unit)
Note: Access limited to UC faculty, staff, and students.
Country reports provide brief introductions to and forecasts of countries' political and economic scene. Country Profiles provide more detailed information on politics, resources and infrastructure, economic sectors, and more. These reports are updated at least annually, and nearly 200 countries are detailed. Commerce and financial reports are provided for some countries.

Country Studies/Area Handbooks (Library of Congress)
A series of books prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the Department of the Army. Most books in the series deal with a particular country, describing and analyzing its political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, and examining the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors. Most books contain some information on morbidity/mortality and health care delivery/family planning issues

DHS Program: Demographic and Health Surveys (USAID)
"The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program has collected, analyzed, and disseminated accurate and representative data on population, health, HIV, and nutrition through more than 300 surveys in over 90 countries." Data is available using the STATcompiler, an online database tool that allows users to select numerous countries and hundreds of indicators to create customized tables that serve their specific data needs. In addition, DHS publications are available online, as are datasets (registration required for datasets access, but the data is available at no cost).

Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.
"EcoAméricas covers development and the environment in Latin America for an international audience of businesses, NGOs and public agencies. Every month, EcoAméricas draws on a network of experienced correspondents in the region to produce a concise, 12-page report. All articles include detailed contact and resource information."

Environmental Performance Index 2010
"The 2010 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks 163 countries on 25 performance indicators tracked across ten policy categories covering both environmental public health and ecosystem vitality. These indicators provide a gauge at a national government scale of how close countries are to established environmental policy goals." By clicking on Files at the top of the page, you can get to the main report, country profiles, the EPI data in an Excel spreadsheet, and more. The site also includes a map and metrics.

Global Health
Note: Access limited to UC faculty, staff, and students.
Global Health indexes journals, books, reports, conference proceedings, patents, theses, and electronic only publications. Topics include environmental and occupational health, food safety and hygiene, infectious diseases, medical microbiology, nutrition, public health, toxicology, zoonoses, and more. Limited free full text is available for some hard-to-find journal articles, conference proceedings, reports, and research articles from smaller, society and non-English publishers. Publication dates covered: 1912 - present.
» Global Health Search Tips

Global Health Facts
Global data on HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, and more. "Global Health Facts, a project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, provides free, up-to-date and easy-to-access data by country on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other key health and socio-economic indicators. Global Health Facts is comprised of more than 100 indicators and provides users with the ability to map, rank, and download the data 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.

Handbook of Latin American Studies
Citations in the area of Latin American studies from journals, books, and conferences. Coverage includes 1935 to the present.

HealthMap: Global Disease Alert Map
HealthMap allows users to view current infectious diseases with an interactive mapping tool. The data is aggregated by disease and results can be displayed by either disease or country and provides easy access to the original alert. This site integrates outbreak data from a variety of sources, ranging from news sources such as Google News to validated official alerts such as World Health Organization.

HNPFLASH (World Bank)
A free monthly electronic newsletter, HNPFLASH covers issues on population, health, nutrition, and reproductive health.

InfoNation (United Nations Statistics Division)
InfoNation is an easy-to-use database that allows you to view and compare the most up-to-date statistical data for the Member States of the United Nations. The database contains four broad categories of data: geography (i.e. Urban Population), economy (i.e. GDP), population (i.e. infant mortality and total fertility rate), and social indicators (i.e. Life Expectancy and Homicides).

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (1951-present)
Note: Access limited to UC faculty, staff, and students.
IBSS provides citations from journals, books, book reviews, and book chapters in the fields of economics, political science, sociology, and anthropology. Records come from more than 100 countries and languages. Most titles not in English are provided with an English title translation. About 2 million records are in this database.

International Data Base (U.S. Census Bureau. International Programs Center)
IDB contains statistical information on the demographic and socio-economic conditions for 227 countries and areas of the world. It combines data from country sources (especially censuses and surveys) with IPC's estimates and projections to provide information dating back as far as 1950 and as far ahead as 2050. Some types of data available include: population by age and sex, vital rates, infant mortality, life tables, and family planning.

Latin American Knowledge Harvester
This database hosted by the University of New Mexico indexes abstracts of articles, books, and book chapters about or from Latin America that deal with social medicine in Latin America. The materials indexed here look at the social, economic, and cultural determinants of health, and the organized responses to confront the problems. These citations and abstracts are generally available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Kenya Open Data
"The goal of [Kenya Open Data] is to make core government development, demographic, statistical and expenditure data available in a useful digital format for researchers, policymakers, ICT developers and the general public." You'll find the 2009 census data, national budget data, national and county public expenditure data, and information on health care and school facilities here. Includes maps, county factsheets, dynamic charts and tables, and raw data.

National Intelligence Council (CIA) publications
The NIC is a "center for US Goverenment mid-term and long-term strategic thinking." Their reports "focus on new and emerging national security issues and transnational threats as described in Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds" (2012). Topics include food, water, energy, and demographic patterns, among others, along with a discussion of four potential world scenarios.

POPLINE (1970-present)
Maintained by the Population Information Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and funded primarily by the United States Agency for International Development, POPLINE (POPulation information onLINE) provides citations with abstracts of the worldwide literature on population, family planning, and related health issues. POPLINE references published and unpublished literature.

Population Index On The Web (1986-2000)
Published by the Office of Population Research of Princeton University, Population Index references international population literature. It provides access to books, journal articles, working papers, and other types of population literature.

World Factbook
Maps and information on the geography, people, economy, etc. of every country in the world. Published annually by the CIA.

The World's Youth 2013 Data Sheet (Population Reference Bureau)
This report "provides a comprehensive portrait of the well-being of youth ages 10 to 24 across the globe, including such indicators as the current and projected size of youth populations, educational enrollments, labor force participation, marriage and fertility, and health risks and behaviors."

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European Nations Statistical Agencies
From the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Statistical Division, this site provides links to statistical agencies in Europe and elsewhere.

Foreign Government Data Sources (from the University of Michigan Documents Center)
Includes both comprehensive sources, as well as individual countries' statistical agencies.

Resources on African Health and Diseases
This site is maintained by the African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania and is a guide to organizations and resources on various health topics, including HIV/AIDS, malaria, and health research and development. It also includes relevant information on jobs, grants, news and discussion lists.

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