See The United Nations page for UN-related health info

Health -- Africa Specific
Journals, Publications, and Essays
Nutrition/Child Survival
Newly Emerging Diseases
Health Mailing Lists 

Health -- Africa Specific

AfricaNews--Science and Medicine - news on science and health in Africa--updated weekly.

HealthNet Africa  - health information network. Covers many African countries.

Health Resources on the World Wide Web--Africa

Medical Association of South Africamedical sites. - news, forums, publications, database, and links to other

Medical Informatics in Developing Countries - links to organizations, journals, web sites, conferences, and listservs.

Medical Women's International Association: "Investing in the Health of Women and Girls"--24th International Congress of the Medical Women's International Association: Nairobi, Kenya, November 8-18, 1998. Co-sponsored by the Kenya Medical Women's Association; to be held at the Safari Park Hotel. (via Africa Online, Nairobi)

Medweb-Africa - list of African Medweb sites with access to electronic publications, other institutes working in health, and malaria resources.

Organization for West African Health - health bibliographies, on-line newsletter, and access to relevant websites.

SateLife: Global Communications for Health - non-profit organization striving to improve communication of health information, includes descriptions of projects and links to collaborative organizations.

SFPS--Santé Familiale et Prévention du SIDA - information on USAID's Family Health and AIDS prevention project in West and Central Africa and access to documents and related sites.

Stanford University Health Archives - links to organizations, fulltext of the African Newsletter on Occupational Health and Safety, Ebola resources, AIDS information.

Travelers' Health Advisories, 1996-1997. (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Atlanta)

Traditional Healer Organization for Africa (THO)
Operates in 10 Southern African countries with regional offices in Swaziland and South Africa.Contact: Hugo Van Damme, Project Coordinator. Email:

University of Capetown and Groote Schuur Hospital - clinical information and educational resources.

University of Zambia Guide to Medical Resources
An extensive compilation of links to electronic medical and health news, information about medical research and organizations, as well as a description of collections at the University of Zambia Medical Library. Plus, access to the online journal, Zambia Health Information Digest. Produced by the University of Zambia Medical Library & Lenny Rhine, University of Florida at Gainesville.

UPENN African Studies - Health Sector - links to health related information including health profiles of many African countries.


Journals, Publications and Essays on Health

African Newsletter on Occupational Health and Safety

Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography
EJAB is a refereed online journal of bibliographies on any aspect of Africa, its peoples, their homes, cities, towns, districts, states, countries, regions, including social, economic sustainable development, creative literature, the arts, and the Diaspora.

Emory University - Online Journals and Newsletters - health journals such as the British Medical Journal, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the AIDS Information Newsletter.

Field study: electronic Networking for Health In Zimbabwe, 1994 (Univ. of Pennsylvania)

Harvard University - Electronic Journals and Other Publications - health journals and Harvard health publications.

Kneen-McDaid, Jan
Essay on aids, and call for donations.

"Medical / health periodicals and books on Africa,"
Online journal of bibliographies on any aspect of Africa. By John Bruce Howell, International Studies Bibliographer, University of Iowa Libraries.

MEDLINE - U.S. National Library of Medicine
A project developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It has been developed in conjunction with publishers of biomedical literature as a search tool for accessing literature citations and linking to full-text journals at Web sites of participating publishers

New England Journal of Medicine
A weekly journal reporting the results of important medical research worldwide. The Journal is owned and published by the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Richard Rath, "Horton Hears the W.H.O." Dissonance: a journal of things that do not fit (September 29, 1996). An opinion article & internet resource page on the AIDS epidemic in Africa and the WHO.

Strategic Health Review - on-line South African journal, searchable medical databases, and other health links.



AIDS Education and Resource Trust (AVERT) - information about HIV infection, statistics and relevant links, information for nurses, and resources for children.

Aids Resource List - information and resources, links to many AIDS/HIV sites, newsletters, databases, and a WWW virtual library index on AIDS.

HIV Molecular Immunology Database - searchable comprehensive database of HIV epitopes.

HIVNET International Site Update, 1996
"The HIVNET International Program is sponsoring projects in eight countries, five in Africa (Senegal, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, & Zimbabwe), two in Asia (India, Thailand), and one in the Americas (Brazil). Various U.S. universities are subcontracted to implement these studies, with close collaboration of host country universities or research institutions." The site includes reports on studies about HIV high risk populations and a useful bibliography.

Migrants contre le SIDA/HIV
MAHA is a small, informal network of immigrant rights and AIDS
activists from Arab, African, and other Third world communities settled
in Europe.

Notes Opérationelles SIDA: Intégrer le vih/SIDA dans la planification sectorielle - USAID-funded newsletter, links to other AIDS-related web sites.

Nyumbani Orphanage
"Nyumbani" (Swahili for "Home"), was opened in September 1992 to care for abandoned children who are HIV +. Located in the town of Karen, very near Nairobi, Kenya,

UNDP HIV and Development Programme - program descriptions, policies, regional initiatives, networks and publications.

Nutrition/Child Survival

Global Network on Food Security - link to discussion group on Food Security, newsletter, World Food Summit Info, other related events.

HungerWeb - links to current research, advocacy and policy organizations and materials, education and training materials, and field work.



Australian National University -Demography and Population Studies WWW Virtual Library - resource page for leading information facilities in demography and population studies. Links to sites, databases, gopher servers, etc.

Family Health International - links, information, and publications in  family planning, HIV/AIDS/STDs, and Women's studies.

National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, Population related Activities - population databases for Africa, links to other population web sites.

Population Reference Bureau - information on U.S. and international population trends, including educational tools, links to other sites, and PRB publications.

Population Studies Center - University of Michigan - access to publications, data archives, library, research projects, other relevant departments and population resources on the web.

Reproductive Health Working Group - access to a list of recent publications and works in progress from 11 reproductive health organizations.


Newly Emerging Diseases

American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene - online newsletter, journals, clinical resources, educational and basic science resources.

Communicable Disease Control Program - online newsletter (Communicable Disease Bulletin), general information on communicable diseases and general health.

Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre - access to public health publications, international surveillance schemes and communicable disease resources on the Web.

Ebola Fever Information

Ebola Links on the Web

Ebola Virus Hemorrhagic Fever: General Information

Ebola:electron Micrographs of Viruses

Emory University: Division of Infectious Diseases - infectious disease WWW links, online journals, microbiology and research sites.

Lariam Page
Mefloquine Hydrochloride (aka Lariam or Mephaquine) is a relatively new anti-malarial drug, developed by Hoffman LaRoche of Switzerland. It is especially good at preventing the onset of one particularly lethal strain of malaria known as falciparum, one of four known strains, one which is becoming a problem in some parts of the world because it has become resistant to many conventional forms of prevention/treatment (esp. in Central Africa).

University of Rochester Medical Center-Infectious Diseases Unit - relevant publications and links to other Web sites.

WHO-Emerging and other Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Control - updated information on newly emerging diseases and specific disease information.

WHO-Malaria Database - information resources ranging from disease pathology to journals, an ftp site, and a malaria discussion group.


African Medical and Research Foundation(AMREF)

Africa Partners
Medical supplies are woefully inadequate and scarce in African countries. To help these African doctors, a group of American businessmen and professionals have joined together to create a support group called Africa Partners.

The Carter Center Health Programs: Africa
The Carter Center is working to improve the quality of life through programs in disease prevention and agriculture.

Centre de coopération internationale en santé et développement (Québec, Canada)
In 1987, the Centre for International Cooperation in Health and Development (CCISD) was created by the Faculty of Medicine of Laval University to coordinate, plan, and manage basic health interventions in developing countries. Since 1996, the CCISD has become an independent corporation.

Canadian Society for International Health - resource page for Internet information for those in the field of international health. Includes links to news sources, international organizations and networks, and resource links by country and continent.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - general health information, publications, statistics, links to other sites.

International Health Program Office - collaborative effort with other nations and international organizations, several focus areas including global health policy, access to global health information.

Global Health : Making Contacts - this site provides an extensive list of links to agencies related to public health worldwide including international and national NGOs, IGOs, government agencies, local and regional organizations, and public health schools. It also links to several sites that have mechanisms help you to locate a person in the public health field.

Harvard University School of Public Health - links to other sites, journals, publications.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) - news releases, statistics, issue specific information, international humanitarian law, publications.

Malaria Foundation
Their mission is to facilitate the development and implementation of solutions to the health, economic and social problems caused by malaria.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF):
International site of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). MSF is a humanitarian aid organisation that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 80 countries.
SF Projects in Africa

National Institutes of Health - news, scientific resources including databases and online journals.

U.S. National Library of Medicine - access to 40+ databases and links to other resources.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - links to consumer information, current research and news.

Valley Trust
The mission of The Valley Trust is to offer quality education and training and associated resources in fields relating to comprehensive primary health care and sustainable development, to strengthen the capacity of individuals and communities to improve their own quality of life.




Mailing lists, or listservs, distribute messages to everyone who has subscribed to the list. Some listservs are "read only," meaning that they distribute news and publications, but do not permit subscribers to submit messages to one another. Discussion groups, the more common type of mailing list, allow subscribers to both receive and submit information on a particular topic. If you subscribe to a discussion group, you can send a message to a central computer which then sends your message to all other subscribers of the list. There are a huge number of mailing lists on the Internet, but this guide lists only select democracy and governance-related listservs. They are all free and open to the public; all you have to do is subscribe.


1. To subscribe to listserv and listproc lists: send e-mail to the subscription address listed below (leave the subject line blank) with the following message:

    Example: SUBSCRIBE AIDS John Engels

2. To subscribe to Majordomo lists: send e-mail message to the subscription address listed below (leave the subject line blank) with the following two-line message:

  • SUBSCRIBE LISTNAME your email address


3. Keep the e-mail that the listserv, listproc, or majordomo sends back to you. It will contain instructions for various options and commands, including removing your name from the list, receiving the list in "digest" format, and posting messages to the list.

List name and topic Subscription address  
AIDS: AIDS discussion
CANCHID: Health and International Development
COMM-MANAGE: Community Management of Health Services
GLOBALRN: Culture and Nursing
HDDLINK: Population, Health, and Nutrition Information from the World Bank
HEALTH-L: International Health Research listserv@irlearn.bitnet
MEDNFORM: Health Informatics
PHNFLASH: Population/Health/Nutrition newsletter
POPENV-L: Interactions between Environment and Population
REPRO-HLTH-L: Reproductive Health Issues
SEA-AIDS: Response to HIV/AIDS in South East Asia