International Health Resources and Links

Country/Regional  Reports
Foreign language learning / translating sites
International health terminology
International health training
On-line journals, reports and newsletters for health worker overseas
Pediatric Resources
Physician placement services
Public Health and Epidemiology
Refugee/Natural Disaster Resources
Travel related sites
Water and Sanitation Resources


Country/Regional  Reports

All Africa is a one-stop source for up-to-date information on all of Africa.

Canadian International Development Agency's (CIDA's)  Virtual Library on International Development is a vast collection of materials organized by country.

Pan American Health  Organization's Country Health Profiles (English)  Perfiles de Paises (Spanish)

ReliefWeb's (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) site provides background information on countries suffering from conflict, disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies.

Shoreland's Travel Health On-Line provides destination, travel and traveler's health information.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID's) site contain much country background information.

United States Library of Congress on-line Country Studies covers over 100 countries.

University of Pennsylvania's African Studies Center has valuable Africa related material.

Foreign language learning / translating sites

Many vommercial language learning resources are now available online such as and Audio Forum

International health terminology

The International Medical Volunteer Associations List of Acronyms in international health and relief.

The Journal of Humanitarian Assistance Abbreviations in international health and relief.

The terminology of the World Health Report 2000 defines key terminology of health systems and performance.

International health training

The Humanitarian Assistance Training Inventory (HATI) is maintained by the ReliefWeb. Its focus is on training for the staff of humanitarian assistance organizations. It contains descriptions of training materials and activities offered by United Nations Agencies, Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, IGOs, NGOs, Bilateral Aid Agencies and Academic & Training Institutions.

Medicus Mundi's  HealthTraining site provides comprehensive information on training and further education opportunities in the field of International Health, Public Health and Health System Development, Health Economics and Management, Clinical Tropical Medicine and related topics.

TropEdEurop is the training and educational branch of TROPMEDEUROP - the association of the Institutes and Schools of Tropical Medicine in Europe. It is the association of 18 institutions active in the field of International Health mainly through training and research from 10 different European countries.


Relief Web maintains webpages regarding voulnteer and employment opportunities with humanitarian agencies around the world .

OneWorld's  Jobs page.

 Idealist's non-profit job listing.

DevJobs  listing of international development jobs


The WHO library in Geneva with on-line resourcesincluding many of WHO's own documents..

Canadian International Development Agency's (CIDA) Virtual Library on International Development.

On-line journals, reports and newsletters for health worker overseas

Electronic Development and Environment Information System's (Eldis's) full text online documents on disasters and refugees

Healthlink On-line, Healthlink Worldwide's bibliographic database, provides unique access to more than 16,000 books, manuals, journal articles, training materials and reports focusing on the management and practice of primary health care and disability in developing countries.

Source Water And Sanitation News Service publishes SOURCE, a weekly update of short news, and the bi-monthly SOURCE Bulletin, both available on-line.

Update in Anaesthesia is a free full text on-line educational journal aimed at providing practical advice for those working in isolated or difficult environments.

World Anaesthesia is the free full text on-line educational newsletter of the WFSA, for the exchange of views & ideas on advancing the specialty of anaesthesia in the developing world.

World Health Organization's Child Health and Development  contains information about Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI), Diarrhoeal Diseases, and Cholera.

Pediatric Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its Section on International Child Health contain a searchable Directory of Overseas Opportunities for Pediatricians.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) flagship project is BASICS II, or Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Survival (1999-2004) is charged with achieving the greatest possible country-level impact on major threats to child health and providing technical leadership in policies and programming.

In late 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics launched CHILDisaster Network, a network of pediatric professionals who will be available to accompany organizations responding to disasters on a short-term notice.

The Child Survival Technical Support Project (CSTS) assists private voluntary organizations (PVOs) funded through the Office of Private and Voluntary Cooperation's Child Survival Grants Program.

Global ChildNet is an organization which uses the Internet to offer a range of easily accessible, child health related, on-line services.

The International Child Health Network is a free service, begun in late 2000 to establish connections among individuals and organizations interested in international child health. These connections can then foster cooperation on a variety of health projects: relief and development work, equipment and supply donation/sharing, voluntary service, education, research, fund raising and visitor exchange.

The International Pediatric Association "Promoting friendship among pediatricians of all countries,to better the health of all children throughout the world."

International Pediatric Chat is a live virtual pediatric education community with members from over 100 countries.

PedsCCM: International Child Health provides information for health care professionals interested in International Child Health, particularly as it relates to pediatric intensive care.

Founded in 1946, UNICEF advocates and works for the protection of children's rights, to help the young meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.

World Health Organization's Child and Adolescent Health and Development  contains information about Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI), Diarrhoeal Diseases, and Cholera.

Physician placement services

Physicians Employment on the Internet states that it is the oldest (continuously since 1994) and largest (over 2000 listings) online clearinghouse for physician opportunities, including some overseas.

Public Health and Epidemiology

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publications (e.g. MMWR, International Bulletins) and software (e.g. EPI programs download able for free)

The WWWVirtual Library  pages on public health and epidemiology.

The UCLA School of Public Health list of public health links.


AMREF (African Medical and Research Foundation) publishes inexpensive, practical manuals and books on primary health care. Although many of these publications are written for Africa, their lessons are also widely applicable to developing countries elsewhere.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publications.

Healthlink Worldwide (formerly AHRTAG) works to improve the health of poor and vulnerable communities by strengthening the provision, use and impact of information. Healthlink Worldwide produces practical publications in printed and electronic form which reach nearly 2 million health and development workers worldwide.

Hesperian Foundation publications (such as Where There is No Doctor) order form.

International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers IAMAT. aims to advise travellers of health risks, geographical distribution of diseases, immunization requirements for all countries, and to make competent medical care available to the traveller around the world by doctors who speak either English or French besides their mother tongue and who had medical training in a western country.

Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG) is an international development agency and British registered charity which works with rural communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Its aim is to enable poor people in the South to develop and use skills and technologies which give them more control over their lives and which contribute to the sustainable development of their communities. ITDG publications are available on-line.

Journal of Humanitarian Assistance brings together academics, policy makers and practitioners in the field of humanitarian assistance. The electronic version, which highlights news and development in the field is available free by email. Contact to sign-up.

La Leche League materials are available in several languages.

Lonely Planet travel guides books cover most of the world.

Oxfam Resources for Development and Relief.

Pan American Health Organization publications.

Teaching Aids at Low Cost (TALC) is a British charity which provides an excellent assortment of books, slides, videos and accessories such as child growth / health charts, baby scales, oral rehydration spoons etc.

UNICEF produces a variety of educational materials including books, videos and reports

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) reports and publications.

World Health Organization (WHO) publications. The World Health Organization Publications catalogue covers over 700 formal WHO publications organized by subject category. In addition WHO issues around 300 informal technical documents each year (identified by WHO/ prefix). Many documents are available on-line.

Refugee/Natural Disaster Resources

CHILDisaster Network is a network of pediatric professionals who will be available to accompany organizations responding to disasters on a short-term notice.

The Disaster Relief website is a cooperative effort between the American Red Cross, CNN Interactive and IBM to to help disaster victims and the disaster relief community worldwide by facilitating the exchange of information on the Internet.

Electronic Development and Environment Information System's (Eldis's) Disasters and refugees resources area includes connections to international organizations, situation reports, early warning systems, disaster management, refugees, directories of WWW resources, and related discussion lists.

ReliefWeb is a project of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The purpose of this effort is to strengthen the response capacity of the humanitarian relief community through the timely dissemination of reliable information on prevention, preparedness and disaster response.

Travel related sites

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel Information.

Information on Washington D.C. based embassies.

The Lonely Planet travel website.

The Universal Currency Converter calculates exchanges between most currencies.

Shoreland's Travel Health On-Line provides both general and country-specific health advice.

Travel insurance (medical, evacuation, etc) is available from a wide variety of sources.

Medical College of Wisconsin International Travelers Clinic site has dozens of important travel links.

The Rec. Travel Library is a big website with a lot of worldwide travel and tourism information.

U.S. State Department Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets.

US Passport Services and Information from the US Dept of State.

Water and Sanitation Resources

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council provides a regular way for water and sanitation sector professionals to exchange views and experiences and develop approaches which will mean faster achievement of the goal of universal coverage.

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