Virtual Library

This WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources is an Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in many international and global studies topics. Sites are carefully selected for their long-term value, favoring those with cost-free, authoritative information and analysis online.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-- An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which covers some key world health topics. See their Travelers' Health section for information and advice on health conditions around the world and the Yellow Book, "published every two years by CDC as a reference for those who advise international travelers of health risks."

Demographic and Health Surveys Program (DHS)-- "Has provided technical assistance to more than 300 surveys in over 90 countries, advancing global understanding of health and population trends in developing countries.... to improve and institutionalize the collection and use of data by host countries for program monitoring and evaluation and for policy development decisions." Posts a large publications database, country and topical data, and data from the surveys, with several user-generated online comparison facilities.

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies-- National and IGO partnership to support and promote "evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health care systems in Europe." Posts country information and profiles, research products, newsletters, and more.

Global Health Governance-- From the Center for Global Health Studies of the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University, "an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal that provides a platform for academics and practitioners to explore global health issues and their implications to governance and security at national and international levels."

Global Health Guide-- From Eldis, a world class directory and gateway to electronic information resources on development, this resource guide "aims to provide access to relevant, diverse and credible research on global health in developing countries... around issues such as: social determinants of health; health systems; infectious diseases; NCDs; HIV and Aids; injury and violence; maternal, newborn and child health; and nutrition."

Globalization and Health-- Affiliated with the London School of Economics, an "open access, peer-reviewed, online journal that provides an international forum for high quality original research, knowledge sharing and debate on the topic of globalization and its effects on health, both positive and negative."

Health-- From the World Bank, a rich practical resource for global health issues and statistics. Posts news, journals, reports, program information, country data, and more.

Health Map-- Global disease alert map that "brings together disparate data sources to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health... the data is aggregated by disease and displayed by location for user-friendly access to the original alert... provides a jumping-off point for real-time information on emerging infectious diseases and has particular interest for public health officials and international travelers."

Inter-American Development Bank-- The health section of the website of this international organization posts information and analysis on public health matters in Latin America.

• OECD Health Statistics Database
-- "Offers the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member countries. It is an essential tool to carry out comparative analyses and draw lessons from international comparisons of diverse health systems." Also note their section on Health Policies, focusing on health systems, policies, and outcomes, with general and country perspectives.

Pan American Health Organization-- Provides information, analysis, data, and statistics on health in the Americas.

UNAIDS-- From the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, online information and reports on HIV/AIDS worldwide.

United Nations Population Fund-- "World's largest international source of funding for population and reproductive health programmes." This U.N. site provides much information, news, and analysis on world population and health issues, including the annual State of World Population report, free online.

World Health Organization-- Very wide range of information from this U.N.-related body, with many user-customizable features. Note especially the Library and the Bulletin of the WHO, as well as the World Health Reports and World Health Statistics Reports. The Global Health Observatory offers "data and analyses on global health priorities. Each theme page provides information on global situation and trends highlights, using core indicators, database views, major publications and links to relevant web pages on the theme." The Media Centre provides the latest information. Disease Outbreak News offers the latest news and reports on communicable disease surveillance and response around the world. The International Travel and Health report "provides information on the main health risks for travellers." There is also a Tropical Diseases section.

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This section of the WWW Virtual Library system was created, and is edited and maintained, by Dr. Wayne A.Selcher, Professor of International Studies Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2288  U.S.A., as a volunteer and non-profit public service. This website copyright 1997-present by Wayne A. Selcher. E-mail: