February 26, 2008

United Nations statistics

The United Nations has released a new web-version of their statistical sources called UNdata.

The search interface is easy to use and there is a glossary of terms that one could browse for relevant topics. This database currently contains over 55 million records with more information to be added in the future.

September 10, 2005

Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative

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 2900 journal titles are now available to health institutions in 113 countries, benefiting many thousands of health workers and researchers, and in turn, contributing to improved world health.

June 15, 2005

World Health Assembly adopts new International Health Regulations

23 MAY 2005 | GENEVA -- Today, the World Health Assembly approved a new set of International Health Regulations to manage public health emergencies of international concern. The new rules will "prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health response to the international spread of disease."

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Public health education: A report from Mosul and a plan for change

Today Iraq suffers from severe shortages of food, medicine, clean water and adequate sanitation. Malnutrition and communicable diseases are major factors in the rising morbidity and mortality rates. However, supplies and equipment are insufficient or outmoded, and public health training is outdated. The Universities have been unable to help because under-funding and isolation from their professional colleagues has limited their effectiveness.