Social Issues

The International Database (IDB)

A computerised source of demographic and socio-economic statistics for 227 countries and areas of the world. It is maintained by the US Census Bureau's International Programs Center. Some of the major types of data available in the IDB include: population by age and sex as well as vital rates, infant mortality and life tables.

Media/Materials Clearing House

The M/MC is part of the Johns Hopkins Population Information Program, which is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development to provide health professionals with information and materials that enable them better to meet the need for health care services. The M/MC is part of the National Prevention Information Network, the U.S. reference, referral, and distribution service for information and materials on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and Tuberculosis, sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health Economics Unit

Is based at the Department of Public Health at the University of Cape Town. The HEU has compiled a database of public sector health care expenditure in South Africa and offers a number of formal training courses.

HIV InSite

Is a source for global information on HIV/AIDS medicine, prevention, and policy issues. Also contains regional and country-level analyses of key policy issues. HIV Insite is based at the University of California San Francisco.

AMREF: African Medical & Research Foundation

AMREF's mission, in partnership with communities, governments and donors, is to improve health care for the underserved in Africa through service delivery, training and research.

Population Reference Bureau

PRB is dedicated to providing timely, objective information on US and international population trends. They inform policymakers, the media, and concerned citizens working in the public interest about the demographic trends that shape our world.

Population Council

An international, nonprofit, nongovernmental institution that seeks to improve the wellbeing and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries.

Family Health International

AIDS/HIV/STD, family planning, reproductive health and women's studies: Family Health International works to improve reproductive health around the world, with an emphasis on developing countries.

Women's Health Information Centre (JAMA)

A collection of high-quality, peer-reviewed resources for physicians, other health care professionals, and the general public. The site is produced and maintained by JAMA editors and staff under the direction of an editorial review board of leading Women's Health authorities. It includes updates on News items on women's health, a journal scan, STD and Contraception Information.