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Health medicine research database
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Resources on Health and Medicine

This database is maintained by the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and is one of many resources available at our Resource Center.

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SourceItem TypeTitleDescriptionURL
World BankInformation; DatabasesHealthThe HealthStats database ( provides key health, nutrition and population statistics (inlcuding by wealth quintiles) gathered from a variety of international sources. Themes include population dynamics, nutrition, reproductive health, health financing, medical resources and usage, immunization, infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, DALY, population projections and lending. Datasets are available on national and regional level. This page also links to World Development Indicators as related to health; Service Delivery Indicators, an Africa-wide initiative that collects actionable data on service delivery in schools and health facilities; and Finances related to health.
World Health OrganizationInformation; DatabasesGlobal Health Observatory (GHO) The website links to several resource pages. The GHO is the World Health Organization's main health statistics repository. The database can be searched by an extensive list of indicators, theme, category or country or through a multi-dimension query functionality. Country-level statistics are provided as well as analytical and statistical reports. The WHO Disease Outbreak News page ( announces official reports of Avian influenza, Cholera, SARS, Ebola, Hendra virus, Inlfuenza, Leptospirosis, Meningitis, Nipah virus, Plague, Rift Valley fever, Smallpox and human monkeypox, Tularaemia, Viral haemorrhagic fevers, Yellow fever and Zika virus. The WHO Programmes page may also generate story ideas: The WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform may be accessed here:
World Health OrganizationExpert SourcesInternational Health Regulations Committees and ExpertsThe WHO provides a list of committees and experts for events of primary international concern, including Yellow Fever, Zika and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations, Ebola, transmission and international spread of poliovirus, MERS, H1N1. Appointed international expert sources are listed in the committee documents.
United NationsDatasetsHealth and Disability Official statistics from national statistical authorities include: Population and Vital Statistics Report; Demographic Yearbook; Demographic Yearbook Special Topics. Additional statistics from a wide range of national and international sources on: Social indicators; Statistics and indicators on women and men. Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) data and data analysis tools here:
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)Datasets; InformationThe Demographic and Health Surveys Program: DataThe U.S. federal agency responsible for civilian development globally has compiled ready-to-use data for over 90 countries from over 300 surveys on population, health, HIV and nutrition. Data available in country quickstats; full country reports; key findings; comparative and analytic reports.
Boston Children's HospitalMap; InformationHealthMapData on infectious disease outbreaks and emerging public threats is gathered from informal sources, including online news aggregators, eyewitness reports, expert-curated discussions and validated official reports. The process is automated and incidents are marked on the map real-time, linked to the source of information.
Association of Health Care JournalistsSourcesInternational Health Journalism: Global resourcesThe U.S.-based professional association provides a comprehensive list of global resources
Centers for Disease Control and PreventionInformationGlobal HealthThe U.S. federal health agency provides official information on outbreaks, diseases and conditions, travel as it relates to health, CDC's international programs, health security and country assessments.
Kaiser Family FoundationInformation; DataGlobal Health PolicyThe U.S.-based foundation provides concise Information about U.S. global health policy, including Zika response proposals; funding for women and family health; global malaria, HIV/AIDS and polio efforts; analysis of president's budget request for global health funding; response to Ebola; and global health budget tracker. News updates and other fact sheets available.
Health Data Collaborative InformationThe Global Reference ListThe collaborative of governmental and non-governmental organizations provides an easy breakdown of 100 core health indicators prioritized by the global health community. While no data is provided, the Global Reference List breaks down indicators by groups of Health status; Risk factors; Service coverage; and Health systems for a good overview of how health situations and trends are measured.
Institute for Health Metrics and EvaluationDatasetsGlobal Health Data ExchangeData from surveys, censuses, vital statistics is searchable by country, type, keyword, organization or survey. The most recent publication was in 2014.
The Commonwealth FundDatasetsInternational Health Care System ProfilesThe U.S.-based private foundation produced comparisons of the features of international health systems, including health insurance, public and private financing, health system organization and governance, health care quality and coordination, disparities, efficiency and integration, use of information technology and evidence-based practice, cost containment, and recent reforms and innovations for the following countries: Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. The website also provides 18 country profiles, health system features, health and system statistics, and physician survey data from 11 countries. Much of the data is from 2013-2014.
Imperial College London, School of Public HealthDatasetsCountry trends in metabolic risk factorsThe UK-based university provides global statistics on country trends in metabolic risk factors, including body mass index, cholesterol, diabetes, glucose, and blood pressure between 1980 and 2008. Downloadable datasets are available and tools for analysis of relationship between risk factors overtime.
European UnionDatasetsEurostat: Health StatisticsOfficial health statistics for EU member countries, measuring both objective and subjective aspects of a population's health. Datasets for multiple health and healthcare indicators are available.
FDI: World Dental FederationData; Information; Expert SourcesOral Health Atlas (2015)The professional association published a global report with estimates and statistics about dentistry and associated health impacts. Issues highlighted by the report include: the impact and burden of oral diseases, such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, oral cancer and more; major risk factors and the common risk factor approach; inequalities in oral health; oral disease prevention and management; oral health challenges; and ensuring oral health is on the global health and development agendas. A member directory provides contact information for local dental associations.
Guttmacher InstituteDatasetsData CenterThe U.S.-based research and policy organization advocating sexual and reproductive health allows you to build, download and share custom tables, graphs and maps utilizing data on key sexual and reproductive health indicators by region or country and topic.
The LancetInformationGlobal Health PortalThe leading peer-reviewed publication gathers all their global health content in one location. The Lancet Global Health Series, Commissions, and Regional Reports provide in-depth views on disease-specific or regional information. Most global health content is free to all users.
International Council of NursesExpert SourcesMembers listThe professional association provides a list of member nurse organizations around the world, including their contact information.
Duke University Information; Expert SourcesDuke Global Health InstituteThe U.S.-based university has a comprehensive global health research program covering 44 topics in 58 countries. Search global health experts by location and topic here:
Global Health CouncilInformation; Expert SourcesAdvocacy HubThe U.S.-based membership organization for advocates, implementers and stakeholders around global health priorities has members in over 150 countries. Ongoing initiatives, tools and other resources are provided on the Advocacy Hub page and GHC may be able to connect you with local sources.
International Women's Health CouncilSourcesPress RoomThe U.S.-based advocacy organization has global health experts, partners with local groups and provides funding and technical support to organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. The partners are "securing access to safe and legal abortion, ending child marriage, providing comprehensive sexuality education, and building safe communities for women and girls."

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