Rx for Survival — A Global Health Challenge

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The following materials will be helpful to those seeking a more comprehensive understanding of global health challenges and solutions.
(alphabetically, by topic)


American Medical Student Association, How to Get Involved:

Links to legislative action, an activist toolbox, a catalogue of listserv, public health conferences, and a project and resource guide.

CARE, Get Involved

Links to CARE activities from legislative advocacy to international volunteer opportunities.

Earth Institute, How You Can Help End Poverty

Information on global poverty, its connection to health issues and ways to take action.

Global Health Council, Educate Yourself Through Books and Movies

A resource list of books and films that provide background on global health issues.

Global Health Council, What You Can Do

Links to reasons to reach out to U.S. lawmakers and the tools to do so.

Harvard Initiative for Global Health

Details of the multi-faceted efforts at Harvard to contribute to global health issues.
Rationale: MOVE. Might be better suited to the "What can be done section" since this site lists course work and fellowship/internship opportunities.

Save the Children, Get Involved:

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Links to Save the Children advocacy activities.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Preparedness & Response

A site detailing the many threats related to emergency occurrences including definitions of bioterrorist agents and mass trauma situations.

World Health Organization, Containment of Biohazards

Resources on the containment of biohazards.

World Health Organization, Dealing with Bioterrorism

Resources on bioterrorism

Child Survival

Countdown to 2015, Child Survival, Background Papers

Reports and publications on the campaign to improve the children's health globally.

Save the Children, State of the World's Newborns

A 2001 report on infant health.

Save the Children, U.S. Leadership Needed to Finish the Child Survival Agenda

An issue brief on how to focus and encourage funding regarding saving children's lives.

UNICEF, Child Survival and Health

UNICEF child survival and health databases on acute respiratory infection, child mortality, diarrheal disease, HIV/AIDS, integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI), malaria, and immunization.

UNICEF, Child Survival: Global Trends

Child survival statistics and charts, and trends explained anecdotally.

UNICEF, Facts on Children

Basic information on the global status of children in five main areas: child protection, immunization, early childhood, fighting HIV/AIDS and girls' education.

U.S. Coalition for Child Survival, Resources:

A list of resources compiled from publications, reports and powerpoint presentations regarding child survival.

U.S. Coalition for Child Survival, The State of Child Survival:

Survey of the current state of child survival efforts, progress and problems.

U.S. Coalition for Child Survival, Unmet Child Survival Goals:

Background on top five children's diseases: perinatal conditions, malaria, respiratory infections, diarrheal disease, and vaccine preventable diseases.

World Health Organization, Major Causes of Death Among Children Under Five, Worldwide:

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Link to a pie chart detailing percentages calculated on year 2000 statistics.

World Health Organization, Prenatal Care:

Links and resources on prenatal care.

World Health Organization, Child Health:

Collection of child health information and resources.

Diarrheal Diseases/Oral Rehydration Therapy

Rehydration Project

Offers information on rehydration and its impact, also includes a running clock of incidents of, and deaths from diarrheal disease.

Environment & Health

Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment

Research, publications and other resources related to educating on the environment's role with regards to global health.

U.N., Water for Life Decade

A basic resource on issues surrounding water.

World Health Organization, Environmental Health Factors

A review of resources related to the impact of environmental factors on health.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Genomics and Disease Prevention

Background on human genome studies and discoveries and how they can be used.

Nature Genome Gateway, "A User's Guide to the Human Genome"

Instructions on how to read data and analysis related to genomics.

World Health Organization, Genomics Resources

Explanations of genomics and the implications.

Global Health at a Glance

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Health Initiatives

Background on global health issues and on the efforts of this foundation to address them.

Center for Global Development

Publications, experts and research topics linking health issues to global development.

Global Health Council

Information on all aspects of global health issues, partners in the battle to advance basic health benefits across the globe and links to hundreds of other resources.

Global Health Reporting

A site for information on serious diseases affecting global health, countries most afflicted, and reporting tools and up-to-date media coverage on global health issues.

U.N. Millennium Development Goals

Definitions of all MDGs with links to progress being made and additional resources and Web sites.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Global Health

Links to background and detail on U.S. efforts to contribute to global health efforts, includes country information, world health statistics, reports and publications, global health topics and fact sheets.

World Economic Forum, Global Health Initiative

This Web site contains information and news on the initiative along with case studies and selected surveys.

World Food Program

Contains information to learn more about what causes hunger and where it exists in the world.

World Health Organization

Links and media coverage for health topics and concerns throughout the world.

World Health Organization, Global Health: Today's Challenges

A report from the WHO on the state of health problems from 2003 with links to previous reports and a press kit.

The Globalization of Illness

World Health Organization, Globalization of Health

Resources relating to the globalization of health and illness.

World Health Organization, Major Causes of Death Among Children Under Five, Worldwide

www.who.int/child-adolescent-health/OVERVIEW/CHILD_HEALTH/ map_00_world.jpg
Chart delineating the diseases that kill children around the world.

The Globalization of Care

The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

A review of the funds being raised for this campaign against the three most debilitating diseases globally with resources and announcements of recently approved grants.

Partners in Health

Information regarding Partners in Health's efforts to improve global health in seven countries spanning four continents.

UNICEF, Facts on Children

Basic information on the global status of children in five main areas: child protection, immunization, early childhood health, fighting HIV/AIDS and girls' education.

U.S. Coalition on Child Survival, Unmet Child Survival Goals

Background on top five children's diseases: perinatal conditions, malaria, respiratory infections, diarrheal disease, and vaccine preventable diseases.

World Health Organization, Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response

A resource for disease outbreaks and how they are being treated throughout the world. Includes links to the separate regional teams across the globe focused on disease surveillance and response if an outbreak occurs.


AIDS Education Global Information System

This site aggregates all AIDS-related news each day and posts links on its home page; also tracks conferences, offers fact sheets, legal information and more.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Fighting AIDS

Publications, news and event coverage and progress reports on the HIV/AIDS epidemic worldwide.

Kaiser Family Foundation

Policy research, analysis, media and public health partnerships on HIV/AIDS.


Comprehensive resource on the international AIDS epidemic and efforts to slow its growth.

Resources, news, events and region-specific links to issues related to HIV/AIDS.

WHO, HIV Infections

Resource page with links to background information and resources.

Infectious Diseases in General

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A comprehensive site with information on health and safety topics that includes data and statistics.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Reports available by E-mail

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) allows users to subscribe to several mailing lists via the CDC World Wide Web site including CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vaccine R&D, or National Health Interview Survey.

UNICEF, Common Water and Sanitation-Related Diseases

A primer on malaria and several other infectious diseases.

World Health Organization, Tropical Disease Registry w

A registry of major tropical diseases.

Influenza (Flu, Bird Flu)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Influenza

Comprehensive information on the flu, including prevention and background.

World Health Organization, World Influenza Centers

Directory of in-country influenza centers for about 150 countries.

International Aid for Health Programs


Links to news, policy & legislation advocacy, international development and other resources for contributing to international aid.

U.N. Development Programme

Articles and news briefs about UNDP's development efforts around the world.

USAID, Global Health

This site breaks down the diverse efforts of USAID in assisting global issues related to health such as HIV/AIDS and maternal health.

World Food Program

Links to a video game produced by the World Food Program that teaches children about the logistical challenges of delivering food aid during a humanitarian crisis.

Lifestyle Health Issues

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Diabetes Public Health Resource

Background and research on diabetes as a disease with a number of resources for diagnosed individuals.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

A Web site with information and resources on different substance abuse problems with separate sections for health professionals, parents, teachers and children.

World Health Organization, HIV Infections

Links and resources on the topic of HIV.

World Health Organization, Obesity

Links to descriptions of activities, reports, news and events with access to additional resources relating to obesity.

World Health Organization, Tobacco Free Initiative

A site on why tobacco should be regarded as a public health priority worldwide with links to the programs in different regions and specific publications on tobacco use.


The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Fighting Malaria

Description of Global Fund efforts to combat the disease plus background and inventories of funded programs and partners.

UNICEF, Malaria in Africa

Background and information on efforts to rid Africa of malaria.

UNICEF, Malaria Literature Review

Index of malaria-related press releases and information including several anecdotal accounts of efforts to control the disease.

The Roll Back Malaria Partnership

An international effort to end the disease burden of malaria across the globe with publications, multimedia resources and grassroots methods of advocacy.


CARE, World Hunger Campaign

Facts about this specific campaign to end hunger with a link to sign the world hunger petition.

International Food Policy Research Institute

Data and publications regarding research on solutions to poverty and hunger with links to resources for global research on agriculture, hunger, poverty and the environment.

U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization

A division of the United Nations working on hunger issues globally with links to different governing bodies within the agricultural industry and other organizations that are working to end worldwide hunger.

U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, Preventing Micronutrient Malnutrition: A Guide to Food-based Approaches

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A review of vitamin/mineral malnutrition, its impact and ways to eliminate it.

UNICEF, Malnutrition: The Challenge

UNICEF end-of-decade review (1990-2000) of child malnutrition and its impact.

World Health Organization, Deficiency Diseases

Resources on diseases and problems emerging from malnourishment.


Hong Kong Department of Health

SARS update, highlights of government anti-SARS measures, etc.

World Health Organization, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

A compendium of links and background on this disease.


MedlinePlus, Tuberculosis

News, NIH data and background on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of TB.

Stop TB Partnership

Provides background on tuberculosis and the campaigns to fight TB as an epidemic with links to resources, news, events and a media library with public service announcements and informational videos.

World Health Organization

Offers information and links, and connects to a second library of data and country information: www.who.int/tb/country/en and a global TB database: www.who.int/tb/country/global_tb_database.

U.S. Scorecard on Health

Congressional Research Service

A comprehensive searchable database of documents prepared by the Library of Congress that includes in-depth analyses and reports on policy research.


A database that allows users to freely search for U.S. Federal legislative information through the following categories: Bill Text, Congressional Record Text, Bill Summary & Status, the Congressional Record Index, and the Constitution.

Transactional Records Action Clearinghouse (TRAC)

Information about the distribution of federal funds, comparing funding expenditures on state, federal district and county levels.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health People 2010

A health initiative that promotes good health for all Americans with resources on how to implement better health habits and what health indicators are important.

U.S. Global Leadership Campaign

Provides a breakdown of U.S. government spending in the International Affairs account.


U.S. Fund for UNICEF, What We Do: Immunization

Basic information on vaccinations with links to stories about immunization and ways that people can aid in the campaign to provide vaccinations for others.

The Vaccines Page

Offers a variety of links and background for parents, adults and practitioners as well as links to journals.

World Health Organization, Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

A resource on vaccines and immunization, with country-by-country sections, disease-by-disease sections and items dealing with vaccine safety, research, funding and more.

Children's Vaccine Program

Background and detailed information on vaccines, their impact on the health of the world's children, and access and current status of immunization programs.


Building Partnerships for Development in Water and Sanitation

News and resources for the network of partners involving government, donors, business and civil society including links to the different projects BPD is currently working on.

UNICEF, Water, Environment and Sanitation

Portal to UNICEF water resources including background, statistics and links to more information.

United Nations, Water for Life Decade 2005-2015

Information on how water is related to different aspects of global health including the millennium development goals, sanitation, women and other topics.

World Bank Group, Water

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Review of the current status of and access to clean drinking water as well as World Bank water projects.

Women's Health and Family Health Policy

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Women's Health Policy

Analysis and answers for women's concerns regarding health care in the U.S. with special attention paid to policymaking and barriers to health care for women.

International Planned Parenthood Federation

This NGO describes issues and its programs in 29 member and 16 non-member countries.

International Women's Health Coalition

A Web site with sections on the issues concerning women's health internationally, global policy, advocacy and getting involved; also included in the site are important events, resources and links.

Kaiser Family Foundation, Disparities in Maternal and Infant Health: Are We Making Progress? Lessons from California

Research from the University of California at San Francisco and the Kaiser Family Foundation on disparities among different demographics in relation to maternal health care and its implications on more general health care.

National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health

Research site with various resources and a library on maternal and child health care.


A reporter's guide on issues related to international family planning, population, reproductive health, and the environment.

United Nations Population Fund

Latest news and resources on population issues such as improving reproductive health, promoting gender equality and preventing HIV infection.

UNICEF, Maternal Mortality

A site focused on UNICEF's goal of reducing maternal mortality including challenges and progress.

White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood

International and domestic activities, media resources, factsheets and more to support safe, clean childbirth worldwide.

WHO, Contraception

Links to information and resources on contraception and family policy in the developing world.

Youth and Adolescent Health

Advocates for Youth

A campaign for giving policymakers, professionals, parents and youth factual information on issues concerning today's youth from abstinence to sexual orientation to teen pregnancy with links and resources.

CARE, Children and Poverty Campaign

Information on the advocacy campaign to support the health and well-being of children worldwide with fact sheets and highlights.

Save the Children, State of the World's Mothers 2004

www.savethechildren.org/mothers/report_2004/images/pdf/ SOWM_2004_final.pdf
Report on the consequences of children having children.

UNFPA, Supporting Adolescents and Youth

A Web site with facts on youth globally and links to different issues such as HIV/AIDS, gender equality and community support.

UNICEF, Facts on Children

Basic information on the global status of children in five main areas: child protection, immunization, early childhood, fighting HIV/AIDS and girls' education.

UNICEF, Technical and Policy Documents

Major papers on adolescents and issues relating to young adults in the developing world.