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International Partnership Recommendations for MLA
North American Health-Related Professional Associations and Organizations with International Programs
American Dental Associations: International Activities
Center for International Development and Affairs (CIDA) is the ADA's international liaison in the worldwide exchange of knowledge and experience in oral health matters, improving the quality of health care worldwide, and linking dental professionals to events, organizations, professional activities and volunteer opportunities around the world.
American Dietetic Association : International Section
The association recognizes that members reach beyond U.S. borders to network and enhance their professional practice. The ADA International Section offers a variety of programs to assist in building global relationships including but not limited to professional development, membership in the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations, and awards and scholarships.
American Library Association: International Relations Office
The mission of the International Relations Office (IRO) is to increase ALA's presence in the global library community, to implement ALA policies concerning international librarianship, to promote greater understanding of international librarianship and international library issues within ALA, and to manage international library activities on behalf of the ALA.The site includes a link to Sister Libraries.
American Medical Association (AMA): International Involvement
Includes links to World Medical Association and opportunities from Health Volunteers Overseas program.
The purpose of the AMA's international involvement is to position the association as one of the leaders in international health, to provide a global perspective for AMA health policy development, to enable the association to influence international health policy, and to improve the level and quality of health care worldwide.
Psychiatric Association: Office of International Activities
(mission/vision statement not available)
Public Health Association: International Health Section
The International Health Section was founded in 1976 to provide leadership and a focus on international public health issues within APHA.
The section is earning a reputation as an active community of international health professionals engaged in networking, policy development, and sharing scientific knowledge and experience with peers as well as increasingly in advocacy and public education. We are building relationships with other sections to promote global health throughout APHA.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Health Program
The mission of the Global Health Program is to encourage the development of lifesaving medical advances and to help ensure they reach those who are disproportionately affected. Funding is focused on two main areas:
· Access to existing vaccines, drugs, and other tools to fight diseases common in developing countries
· Research to develop health solutions that are effective, affordable, and practical.
Librarians Without Borders, Canada
Librarians Without Borders (LWB) is a non-profit organization that strives to improve access to information resources regardless of language, geography, or religion, by forming partnerships with community organizations in developing regions
National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus
Provides state by state preparedness plans.
International Associations and Organizations
Association for Health Information
and Libraries in Africa (AHILA)
AHILA improves the provision of up-to-date and relevant information to health and medical workers in Africa; encourages the professional development of librarianship; promotes the development of resource-sharing and exchange of experiences and information among African health information professionals.
European Association for Health
Information and Libraries (EAHIL)
EAHIL works to improve co operation amongst health care libraries throughout
Europe; strengthen links with medical and health libraries in Eastern and Central
Europe; raise standards of provision and practice in health care and medical
research libraries; keep health librarians and information officers professionally
informed; encourage mobility and continuing education, especially in regard
to new technologies; and represent health librarians at European level, in particular
at European institutions and at WHO.
Healthcare Information for All by 2015
A global campaign and "think tank" that brings together more than
2,200 health professionals, librarians, and publishers from 142 countries worldwide,
committed to a common goal: by 2015, every person worldwide will have access
to an informed health care provider.
of Dietetic Associations
From your town to the global village, the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations (ICDA) and its members are committed to sharing knowledge, embracing diversity and commonality in dietetics around the world.&rdqu
International Council of Nurses:
The ICN mission is to lead societies toward better health.
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.
The Campaign for the World's Libraries is a public education campaign of IFLA and, the American Library Association and libraries around the world to speak loudly and clearly about the value of libraries and librarians in the 21st century. It is designed to showcase the unique and vital roles played by public, school, academic and special libraries worldwide.IFLA would benefit from links to resources for preparedness and pandemic situations.
International Pharmaceutical Federation
FIP is a world-wide federation of national pharmaceutical (professional and
scientific) associations, with a mission to represent and serve pharmacy and
pharmaceutical sciences around the globe. This organization has developed the
for pharmacist in crisis management.
Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.
Partnerships in Health Information (Phi)
Phi is a UK-based charity contributing to improved health care in countries with few material resources. By building partnerships between health libraries, Phi supports access to reliable health information.
* designates core organization
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public health
agency working to improve health and living standards of the people of the Americas.
It is part of the United Nations system, serving as the Regional Office for
the Americas of the World Health Organization and the health organizations of
the Inter-American System.
* United Nations, Humanitarian Affairs
UNCHR, the United Nations refugee agency, is mandated by the United Nations to lead and coordinate international action for the world-wide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems.
* US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the 13 major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services, especially for those people who are least able to help themselves.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S: Health Topics A-Z
The CDC Health Topics A-Z pages provide extensive public health data on a range of health issues but the data are mainly related to the U.S. The site also contains travel health advice
World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFSPHA)
WFPHA's mission is to promote personal and community health throughout the world by supporting the establishment and development of societies of public health, facilitating the exchange of information, experience, and research, and advocating for policies, programs and practices that improve public health.
World Health Organization
- Health InterNetwork Access to Research (HINARI)
The HINARI program, set up by WHO together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature. Over 3480 journal titles are now available to health institutions in 113 countries, benefiting thousands of health workers and researchers, and in turn, contributing to improved world health. Access is free or at a very low cost.
- WHO: Library & Information
Networks for Knowledge
- WHO: Disease outbreak news
- WHO: Avian Influenza
- WHO: Diseases covered by Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response (EPR)
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB): International area
NAB is leading the charge around the world for broadcasters in pushing the development of new technology, advocating for free speech and providing superior learning and networking opportunities.
New York Times, Health Section
Wall Street Journal, Health Industry Edition
Resources for Disaster, Trauma, and Emergency Medicine
American Medical Association (AMA): Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response
AMA strives to be recognized as an important national educational resource for enhancing the disaster preparedness and response capabilities of both civilian and military providers.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteer will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.The organization is guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement.
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) is a non-profit organization supporting the advancement of safer communities and sustainable development, through implementing programs and projects that reduce the impact of disasters upon countries and communities in Asia and the Pacific.
Guidelines on Emergency Surgical Care in Disaster Situations
This lengthy pdf file contains guidelines condensed from the WHO manual Surgical Care at the District Hospital (SDCH). The topics include antibiotic treatment, sterilization, waste management, laceration and wound management, amputations, upper and lower extremity injuries, and printable best practice protocols for numerous emergency/disaster situations.
Caribbean Virtual Disaster Library
The site contains a ‘virtual disaster library’ with approximately 150 fulltext documents in html or pdf format. It includes articles, maps, videos, reports, government documents and manuals related to disaster preparedness. The University of West Indies Department of Geography and Geology and the Caribbean Disaster Information Network maintain this resource.
CRID: Regional Disaster
The Regional Disaster Information Center (CRID for its Spanish acronym) is an
initiative sponsored by six organizations that joined efforts to ensure the
compilation and dissemination of disaster-related information in Latin America
and the Caribbean. This site includes Types
of Disasters, which links to many organizations by type of disaster
Network for Disaster and Health Information (CANDHI)
Works to strengthen the Regional Network of Information Centers on Disasters
in Central America to contribute to the access for information related to disasters
in El Salvador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and
DisasterAssistance.gov is an easy-to-use website that consolidates disaster
information in one place. Currently, 17 U.S. Government agencies, which sponsor
more than 50 forms of disaster assistance, contribute to the website. Disaster
victims can apply for many forms of assistance with a single, online application.
and Mitigation in the Americas
This is a link to the fulltext issues of the Disasters newsletter produced by the Pan American Health Organization. Each newsletter contains a thematic discussion of a disaster-related topic. While emphasizing issues prevalent in the Americas, the topics discussed are applicable worldwide.
Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance: Topic Index
This topical index contains links to fulltext documents dealing with manmade and natural disasters, disaster preparedness and response, mental health issues and disaster migration. While many of the links pertain to Caribbean-related disasters, there are numerous preparedness and response documents that are applicable worldwide. The site is maintained by the Pan American Health Organization. http://www.paho.org/english/dd/ped/topics.htm
The site is a gateway to Websites and full-text publications that relate to disaster management in the Caribbean and Latin America. The links include regional organizations and courses in disaster management. The site is available in English and Spanish and is maintained by the Pan American Health Organization.
Emergency Medicine: an Online
This comprehensive resource includes a detailed table of contents, search engine, and bibliographies.
Emergency Nutrition Network
The Emergency Nutrition Network provides an online newsletter, 'Field Exchange', and a range of free online publications including 'Key guidelines for nutrition in emergencies'. The Network has its secretariat in Ireland and serves a global membership of NGOs and other organizations connected with nutrition.
Emergency Preparedness & Response
Bioterrorism, Chemical Emergencies, Radiation Emergencies, Mass Casualties, Natural Disasters & Severe Weather; Recent Outbreaks & Incidents.
Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma
This organization has spent 25 years caring for the health and mental needs of survivors of mass violence and torture through a combined practice of clinical experience and medical research. The site contains information about the program, its projects, research and clinical methodology. The organization is based at the Harvard University, School of Public Health, U.S.
Health Library for Disasters
This virtual 'Health Library for Disasters' contains more than 400 scientific and tehcnical documents published on disasters and emergencies. It incorporates the works of the disaster and emergency programs of WHO, UNHCR, UNICER, PAHO and numerous other intergovenmental and international organizations. The collection is available in French and Spanish, has a keyword search engine and also is organized by topic, titles, and organizations. It is combined project of WHO, PAHO and related technical divisions.
Management for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care: e-learning tool kit
This tool kit contains a series of pdf files that provide guidance on emergency and essential emergency care in trauma, obstetrics and anaesthesia at first-level health facilities. Topics covered include best practices for clinical procedures safety, guidelines on emergency surgical care in disasters, essential emergency equipment list including anaesthesia, surgical care at the district hospital, training for emergency surgical skills, and needs assessment at resource-limited health care facilities.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) helps vulnerable people around the world to prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, complex humanitarian emergencies, and life-threatening health conditions. The IFRC coordinates activities between the 185 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. On an international level, the Federation leads and organizes, in close cooperation with the National Societies, relief assistance missions responding to large-scale emergencies.
Médecins Sans Frontières
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 70 countries.
of Diagnosis and Therapy: Poisoning
This chapter of the Merck Manual provides useful clinical information on poisoning
and bites and stings plus links to related topics in the Manual. The site includes
a keyword search engine.
National Library of Medicine:
Environmental Health & Toxicology
The Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program of the U.S. National
Library of Medicine has organized a comprehensive directory of toxicology and
environmental health databases, bibliographies, tutorials and other scientific
and consumer-oriented resources. Topics cover specific chemicals, occupational
hazards, poisoning, environmentally-related diseases, and toxicology
Library of Medicine: Disaster Preparation and Recovery
Provides articles and videos about the risks and danger signs of different types
of disasters as well as infomation on how to create a disaster plan.
National Mental Health
Association: Emergency Response Taskforce
NMHA and its MHA affiliates work together to address community-wide mental health
needs in the aftermath of national emergencies.
An Emergency Response Taskforce of 20 communities with experience in emergency
response participate in this national effort. Together they work at city, county,
state, regional, and national levels in coordination with a wide range of health
care providers, emergency service organizations, government groups, and other
National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)
Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit
Created to assist libraries in emergency preparedness, the site includes tutorials,
disaster plan templates, and reporting forms. The site also features stories
submitted by library staff who have lived through disasters that affected their
The site is a ‘web bibliography’ of Internet-based pandemic resources.
It includes abstracts and fulltext documents. Links are organized by broad subject
categories including pandemic preparedness, guidelines and policies, economics,
ethical issues, books, links to related sites and training resources. The site
is maintained by the Center for Bioethics, Indiana University, U.S.
This site contains extensive access to U.S. Governmental avian and pandemic
flu information. It includes general information, the monitoring of outbreaks,
health and safety issues, global and research developments, travel information
and links to related sites. The site is maintained by the Department of Health
and Human Services, U.S.
Free Fulltext Articles on Disaster (2500+)
This PubMed search will identify all disaster related free fulltext ejournal articles within the database. Within the search results, there are links to the fulltext material. By repeating this search periodically, you will find new fulltext articles that are added to the PubMed database weekly.
Free Fulltext Articles on Trauma (43,000+)
This PubMed search will identify all trauma related free fulltext ejournal articles within the database. Within the search results, there are links to the fulltext material. By repeating this search periodically, you will find new fulltext articles that are added to the PubMed database weekly.
TOXNET: Toxicology Data Network
TOXNET provides access to several databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas. It contains sophisticated search engines to all the databases. The site is sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, U.S., through the Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program.
Trauma.org aims to disseminate knowledge of trauma care throughout the world. The site includes educational materials, original articles, and an image database of trauma images that can be downloaded for educational use. Users can join the email discussion list 'trauma-list' that has over 1650 members worldwide.
WHO: Health Action in Crises
This site contains up-to-date information on the impact of wars and natural disasters on health throughout the world. It includes technical preparedness guides that contain topical public health information, emergency manuals and health and education tools. The site includes information specific to individual regions and countries.
Resource List Useful for Disaster, Trauma, and Emergency Medicine has been adopted from INASP: Health Links, Lenny Rhine, compiler. Reviewed June 2007.
Resources for Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine
All the Virology in the World
This gateway site contains a comprehensive table of contents with links to web sites, and a large collection of virus images, diagrams and tutorials for teaching. Maintained by Tulane University, U.S.
Hardin MD - Tropical Diseases
The site is a gateway to tropical medicine related websites, presented in 35 major categories, each with subcategories and interlinking, with special attention for pictures. It is maintained at the University of Iowa.
This gateway contains annotated links to numerous Internet sites with clinical information. Go to the ‘Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases’ section in the table of contents. Other relevant subjects include Public Health, Poisoning and Toxicology, Environmental Health, etc.
Institute of Tropical Medicine: Links to Selected Websites
This site is a subject based list of links to numerous tropical medicine and infectious diseases websites. Subject categories include microbiology, infectious diseases, tropical medicine and parasitology, parasitic diseases, medical entomology, disease outbreaks and epidemiology and travel medicine. The site is maintained by the Library of the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium.
Resource and Activity Directory
This subset of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Laboratory Systems website offers a number of manuals and training materials on good laboratory practice regarding HIV, tuberculosis and malaria produced by several organizations including WHO and IUATLD. Several of these are aimed specifically at low-income countries.
International Travel and Health
This World Health Organization site describes the vaccination requirements of individual countries, and provides general advice on travel health.
This is a major gateway for French language information on tropical medicine related subjects: societies, institutes, education, individual diseases, travel health advice. The site is well indexed (MeSH based), easily searchable, with various presentation formats. It is maintained by CISMeF (Catalogue et Index des Sites Médicaux Français), France.
– Free Fulltext Articles on Infectious/Communicable Diseases (3800+)
This PubMed search will identify all infectious/communicable diseases related free fulltext ejournal articles within the database. Within the search results, there are links to the fulltext material. By repeating this search periodically, you will find new fulltext articles that are added to the PubMed database weekly. 'Health Links' contains similar searches for most subpages listed in the 'Specific Health Resources' table of contents.
– Free Fulltext Articles on Disease Surveillance (50,000+)
This PubMed search will identify all disease surveillance related free fulltext ejournal articles within the database. Within the search results, there are links to the fulltext material. By repeating this search periodically, you will find new fulltext articles that are added to the PubMed database weekly. 'Health Links' contains similar searches for most subpages listed in the 'Specific Health Resources' table of contents.
World Health Organization:
Disease Outbreak News
This site reports disease outbreaks that have been submitted to the WHO's Communicable Disease Surveillance and Control Committee. It is a tool to strengthen national and international capacity in the surveillance and control of communicable diseases.
Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response
Organized by disease, this site provides information on each disease: impact, history, geographic distribution and surveillance, and news of outbreaks plus links to other relevant sites. It is available in pdf format in French and Spanish.
This site provides full text fact sheets on tropical diseases, including Dengue fever, foodborne trematode infections, malaria, and schistosomiasis and access to the 'Action Against Infection' newsletter that also is available in pdf format in Spanish and French. The site also includes links to related Internet resources.
www.infectiologie.com; le site de l'infectiologie française
This site is maintained by the Société de Pathologie Infectieuse de Langue Française (SPILF) and the Collège des Universitaires de Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales. It contains French language information on infectious diseases (including bioterrorism): full-text documents, epidemiological news, training activities and conference calendar.
Resources List Useful for Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine has been
adopted from Essential Health
Links, Lenny Rhine, compiler. Reviewed June 2007.
Links checked and updated, November 2007.