Virtual Library

This WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources is a frequently updated Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in a wide range of international affairs, international relations, international studies, global studies, and global education topics. These sites are carefully selected for their long-term value, favoring those with cost-free, authoritative information and analysis online. Each website is described only in general terms because of the typically rapid changes in details of its contents and features.


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 (Measure DHS)-- This program of the U.S. Agency for International Development "has collected, analyzed, and disseminated accurate and representative data on population, health, HIV, and nutrition through more than 300 surveys in over 90 countries." Site posts survey datasets, statistical data and analyses, methodologies, curriculum, publications, and more.

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-- Very useful site from the Office of Global Health Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with information and analysis about global health issues, national profiles, speeches, and pointers to fact sheets, statistics, reports, and guides to similar information from other U.S. and international sources.

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." Also see Eldis' Health Systems resource guide.

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.

Kaiser Global Health-- From the Kaiser Family Foundation, "original policy analysis and research from the Foundation... daily news synthesis, Daily Global Health Policy Report, tracks legislation through a new Policy Tracker, and  features fact sheets, country-level data through Kaiser's Global Health Facts, and more."

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 News-- From the Center for Health Communication of the Harvard School of Public Health, a report that "covers critical public health issues from around the world," with archives.

World Health Organization-- Very wide range of information from this U.N.-related body, with many user-customizable features. Note especially the Library, the Bulletin of the WHO, and the Data and Statistics sections, as well as the annual 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: