Please note: This archive was last updated in 2005.

RH Resources

Updated August 23, 2004

This section of RHO provides links to online information resources for a wide variety of reproductive health topics.

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News services

Kaiser Family Foundation
Daily Reproductive Health Report
News and opinion from U.S. and international newspapers on public health and education, abortion-related news, and legal cases. Archives may be searched with keywords.

National Women's Health Information Center
Health News and Current Events
Daily news stories from Reuters that focus on women's health.

Planet Wire Online Newsroom
Planet Wire is a comprehensive online information source for international family planning, population, safe motherhood, reproductive health, and environmental issues. Designed for reporters, the site offers current information about these issues and includes audio and visual materials, experts and sources, facts and figures, links, and the latest news and information.

Pop Reporter
Publisher: Population Information Program (PIP) at the Center for Communication Programs (CCP) of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Content: Electronic magazine with links to key news stories, reports, and related developments around the globe. Weekly. Full text online and available by email subscription.

Reuters Health
A consumer-oriented medical news service. Includes research reports on treatment advances and disease management, as well as reports on health maintenance. Selected text available in Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

UN Wire
UN Wire is a free service sponsored by the United Nations Foundation and its sister organization, the Better World Fund. It provides a concise, daily summary of key news stories on health and population issues from around the world. The summaries are archived and can be searched by keywords.

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October 20-22, 2004, Arusha, Tanzania
Women and ICT: Challenges and Opportunities on the Road to Tunis 2005
One of the UN Millennium Development Goals is to reduce by half the number of people living in absolute poverty by 2015. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) can serve as tools to combat poverty and achieve sustainable development in Africa. The participation of the Gender Caucus at the Geneva 2003 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) highlighted the challenges women face using and adopting ICTs in their daily activities; the need for women to advocate for their interests in regional policy debates; and the need to network, collaborate, coordinate, and document ICT initiatives by women throughout Africa.

The objective of this conference, sponsored by AITEC (Advancing ICT Knowledge in Africa), is to report on the activities and agreements made at Geneva-WSIS 2003 and plan for participation at Tunis-WSIS 2005. Conference participants will study the draft Geneva 2003 Draft Plan of Action and identify entry points for further action, as well as develop a participatory workplan for the Tunis meeting. In addition, participants will develop continuity strategies, including funding, for the women's ICT activities in Africa.
For more information, please contact:
AITEC Tanzania, Hamza Kassongo, Life House, Ohio Street, P.O. Box 2615, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Telephone: +255 22 2136354; Fax: +255 22-2138340 ; Email: [email protected] or
[email protected]

August 30-September 5, 2004, London, U.K.
International Roundtable on the 10th Anniversary of the ICPD
Sponsored by Family Care International, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Population Action International, and others, this roundtable discusses the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994 and and the half-way point of its Programme of Action. The roundtable will be followed by a series of six regional meetings to be organized jointly by IPPF Regions in partnership with other nongovernmental organizations and networks. The sponsors state that this is part of a series of activities that are not a "+10" UN inter-governmental process, but rather a review by civil society of country performance, progress, and programmatic successes, as well as an opportunity to identify future directions, recruit new leadership, and welcome new allies.
For more information, please contact:
Hilkka Vuorenmaa, ICPD at Ten Coordinator, IPPF
Email: [email protected]

September 12-15, 2004, Johannesburg, South Africa
Gender & Media (GEM) Summit
This summit is sponsored by Gender Links and the Media Institute of Southern Africa in response to the landmark 2003 Gender and Media Baseline Study. The study covered 12 southern African countries, analyzing 25,110 news items. The purpose of the summit is to provide a forum to actively challenge and advocate for gender equality in and through the media. Program topics will include as mainstreaming gender in media content and training, media monitoring, and skills training.
For more information, please contact:
Gender Links, 1 Ernest Oppenheimer St/cnr Queen St, Lakeside Place, Lower Ground, Bruma 2198, Johannesburg, South Africa
Telephone: +27(0)11 622 2877; Fax: +27(0)11 622 4732; Email: [email protected]

October 5-8, 2004, Johannesburg, South Africa
11th Reproductive Health Priorities Conference
This conference is sponsored by the Reproductive Health Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand. Speakers will present research findings and profiles of innovative programs from the Southern Africa region, on topics including STIs, HIV/AIDS, microbicides, barrier methods, contraception, adolescent reproductive health, maternal health, male involvement in reproductive health care, gender, and gender-based violence.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Makgoale Magwentshu or Ms. Rachel Pedinyane, Reproductive Health Research Unit, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of the Witwatersrand, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto, P.O. Bertsham 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa
Telephone: +27 (0) 11 989 9212 or +27 (0) 11 989 9207; Fax: +27 (0) 11 989 9271; Email: [email protected]

October 21-23, 2004, Nice, France
EUROGIN 2004 International Expert Meeting: HPV Infection and Cervical Cancer Prevention— Priorities and New Directions
This expert meeting aims at developing comprehensive approaches to cervical cancer control, highlighting further medical advances made, and exchanging information at a specialist level with regard to early detection, new diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, HPV vaccination, recommendations for clinical practice,directions for research, and issues beyond the purely medical and scientific aspects.
For more information, please contact:
Peter Mattonet
Telephone: +33- / +33- (Tuesdays 14.30-18.30 or Thursdays 9.30-18.30, Paris time); Fax: +33-; Email: [email protected]

November 15-18, 2005, Bangkok, Thailand
9th International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections, World Congress
Conference information will be available online at after July 2004.
For more information, please contact:
Associate Professor Dr. Verapol Chandeying, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai 90110, Thailand
Fax: 66-74-446-361; Email: [email protected]

November 16-20, 2004, Mexico City, Mexico
Forum 8: Annual Meeting of the Global Forum for Health Research
Held in conjunction with the World Summit on Health Research, this year's meeting of the Global Forum for Health Research focuses on global efforts to expand health research in neglected areas to support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. It will also address health priorities not covered by the goals themselves. Key topics include the 10/90 gap in health research and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); cross-cutting issues such as poverty, gender, disability, and research capacity strengthening; research for improved child/maternal health and for a sustainable environment; measuring progress towards the MDGs (including financial flows, priority setting, and progess indicators); and partnerships in health research for development (including networks and public-private partnerships).
For more information, please contact:
The Global Forum for Health Research, c/o WHO, 20 avenue Appia, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland
Telephone: 41-22-791-4260; Fax: 41-22-791-4394; Email: [email protected]

April 14-16, 2005, Atlanta, United States
Lessons Learned from Rights Based Approaches to Health
This conference is sponsored by the Institute of Human Rights at Emory University, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), CARE USA, the Carter Center human rights office, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Doctors for Global Health. Featured speakers include former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health Paul Hunt. The conference will explore evidence-based relationships between health and human rights. It will focus on examples of successful and promising rights-based health programming, research, and advocacy, with a special emphasis on case studies and field examples. Panel sessions are organized around more than seventeen topics such as children’s health, HIV/AIDS, infectious disease, nutrition, refugee and internally displaced populations, sexual and gender minorities, sexual and reproductive health, and violence.
For more information, please contact:
Institute of Human Rights, 1525 Clifton Road, Suite 108 , Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
Telephone: 404-727-4609; Fax 404-727-8768

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October 11-22, 2004 , Johannesburg, South Africa
Clinical HIV Management Course
The Reproductive Health Research Unit at the University of Witwatersrand offers this two-week course "to provide doctors within the Southern African region with the necessary skills to clinically manage the HIV/AIDS epidemic this continent is facing. One of the principal aims of this program is to provide regions where no teaching facilities are available with the contents of the course in a user-friendly format." Course topics include HIV-related epidemiology, demographics, ethical considerations, lab testing, mechanisms of transmission, prevention, pathogenesis and natural history, HAART therapy, service delivery, opportunistic infections, diagnosis, and new developments in HIV management. This course also can be applied toward the Diploma in HIV Management ( offered by the Colleges of Medicine, South Africa.
For more information, please contact:
The HIV Management Course Coordinator, Reproductive Health Research Unit, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, P.O. Berstham 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa
Telephone: +27(0)11 725 7700; Fax: +27(0)11 720 0125; Email: [email protected].

October 25-November 19, 2004, Bangkok, Thailand
14th STDs/AIDS Diploma Course
This course is organized by the Consortium of Thai Training Institutes for STDs and AIDS (COTTISA).
For more information, please contact:
Associate Professor Dr. Verapol Chandeying, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai 90110, Thailand
Fax: 66-74-446-361; Email: [email protected]

November 1-12, 2004, Johannesburg, South Africa
Training the Trainer: Low-Tech Strategies for Promoting Sexual Reproductive Health
This training course is offered by the Margaret Sanger Centre and will explore low-resource sexual reproductive health (SRH) interventions. It will focus on "developing innovative methodologies for learner-centered instruction in resource-constrained programming." Participants will develop at least one appropriate low-tech teaching aid for SRH instruction while honing essential skills in assessing trainee competencies in community-based education for SRH.
For more information, please contact:
Margaret Sanger Centre International, P.O. Box 848, Auckland Park 2006, Johannesburg, South Africa
Telephone: +27 (0)11 726 1172/3; Fax: +27 (0)11 726 2424; Email: [email protected]

November 13-15, 2004, Bangkok, Thailand
4th International Refresher Course on Sexual Health
This three-day course is organized by the Asian College of Sexual Health.
For more information, please contact:
Associate Professor Dr. Verapol Chandeying, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai 90110, Thailand
Fax: 66-74-446-361; Email: [email protected]

Centre for International Health Studies, Queen Margaret University College
Masters Programs in Social Development and Health, International Health, and Population and Reproductive Health
Edinburgh, Scotland,, and
These three one-year masters programs are offered by the Centre for International Health Studies, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh. In addition to the core program of modules, specialist electives are available in such areas as Project Design and Management; Policy and Practice in Complex Emergencies; HIV and Development; Psychosocial Interventions; and Gender, Health, and Development. Qualified applicants can attend specialist electives as discrete courses.
For more information, please contact:
Lynne Fraser, Secretary, Centre of International Health Studies, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, EH12 8TS, Scotland, United Kingdom
Telephone: 00-44-131-317-3491; Fax: 00-44-131-317-3494; Email: [email protected]

School for Cervical Cancer Prevention, Calcutta, India
Cervical Cancer Screening and Management of Preneoplastic and Early Neoplastic Conditions of the Cervix
The School for Cervical Cancer Prevention at Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute is part of a network of training facilities established by International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a part of the World Health Organization. This two-week course is offered every month and covers administration of early detection tests for cervical cancer, diagnostic colposcopy, cervical pathology, and treatment of cervical cancer precursors. Both theoretical and practical topics are addressed, including demonstration of colposcopic findings (50 cases), supervised hands-on colposcopy (20 cases), demonstration of cryotherapy (5 cases), demonstration of LEEP/NETZ (5 cases), histopathology and colposcopy correlation sessions, and journal discussion sessions.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. S. Mittal, Administrative Coordinator, School for Cervical Cancer Prevention, Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, 37, S. P. Mukherjee Road, Calcutta, India PIN 700026
Telephone/Fax: 91-33-2455-6020; Email: [email protected]

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Masters Programmes:
Masters Programs in Demography and Health, Reproductive and Sexual Health Research, and Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV,, and
LSHTM offers one-year MSc programs in Demography and Health, Reproductive and Sexual Health Research; and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV. The demography and health program offers broad training in the theories and methods of demography and the population sciences and their application to health, social welfare, and economic development. It is designed for individuals with interests in developing and developed countries.The reproductive and sexual health research program includes a broad introduction to the concepts and methods of reproductive health research and a solid foundation in the key aspects of the field including family planning, obstetric health, AIDS/STIs, and sexual health. The STI/HIV program addresses the epidemiology, detection, prevention, care, and treatment of STIs, including HIV.
For more information, please contact:
Registry, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP United Kingdom
Telephone: 44-171-299-4648; Fax: 44-171-323-0638; Email: [email protected]

Population Leadership Program (University of Washington)
The University of Washington's Population Leadership Program is looking for accomplished professionals and leaders from developing countries who plan to make population or reproductive health issues central to their future actions. The program seeks persons who already have demonstrated leadership or expertise in their areas of responsibility and would benefit from rigorous work developing stronger management and leadership skills and policy knowledge.

Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Young People
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) offer an intensive two-week residential course focusing on the sexual and reproductive health needs and rights of young people. The course is designed for professionals on family planning and reproductive health programs and activities for adolescents (such as providers of youth-friendly services, peer education projects, youth leaders, and working to create policy change)
For more information, please email [email protected].

TrainingFinder Online Distance Learning Clearinghouse
Developed by the Public Health Foundation (PHF), this website provides a comprehensive database of distance learning course listings for public health professionals. This service is free to both users and submitters. Users can search listings by subject area, target audience, credit type, keyword, or a combination of fields. Detailed listings describe the course content, format, cost, and contact information so users may contact the course sponsor directly for information, registration, or purchase.

Training Program in International Health
Offered by the Pan American Health Organization to eight to ten Latin American participants with a Masters in Public Health or equivalent graduate degree, this course is designed to promote leadership in international health. The course aims to enable participants to develop a broader vision of the evolution of international and regional health trends; critical thinking about the main trends and challenges facing countries today; and a more profound understanding of, and capacity for, international cooperation in health. Several areas of policy formation and planning as well as technical cooperation are addressed in particular.
For more information, please contact:
Training Program in International Health, Human Resources Development Program, Division of Health Systems and Services Development, Pan American Health Organization, 525 Twenty-third Street NW, Washington, DC 20037-2895, U.S.A.
Telephone: 202-974-3592; Fax: 202-974-3612

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Womens ICT networks and resource centers

Global Action Network
Global Action Network is an innovative online network based in the United States and designed to connect, educate, and empower young people working in the global population and reproductive health field. The network provides e-mentoring, program building tools, and opportunities for training.

Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG)
Established in 1997, the IGWG is a network of NGOs including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), its cooperating agencies (CAs), and the Center for Population, Health and Nutrition (PHN) of USAID. The IGWG promotes gender equity within PHN programs to improve reproductive health and HIV/AIDS outcomes and foster sustainable development. IGWG's five task forces raise awareness and commitment to synergies between gender equity and reproductive health outcomes, collect empirical data on gender and reproductive health, advance knowledge through the development and dissemination of operational tools for the integration of gender approaches into PHN programming, and advance best practices through technical assistance to the field.

Isis International - Manila
Isis is a feminist organization dedicated to serving womens information and communication needs by documenting ideas and visions, creating communication channels, collecting and moving information, and networking and building links. They focus on those advancing womens rights, leadership, and empowerment in Asia and the Pacific. With connections in more than 150 countries, they also keep up with changing trends and analyses concerning women worldwide. The site features their publications, links to other networks, and an information center.

Kabissa is dedicated to strengthening the capacity of African non-profit organizations to use the full potential of the Internet in the interest of building civil society and democracy in Africa. They operate on the principles of inclusiveness and collaboration, and invite all organizations and initiatives that share their goals to join as members and partners.

Partners in Population and Development
Partners is an inter-governmental alliance of 16 developing countries, created for the specific purpose of promoting and improving the transfer of knowledge, expertise, and skills in population and reproductive health through South-to-South collaboration. The members of Partners believe that by sharing their expertise, they can transform reproductive health goals outlined in the ICPD Program of Action into reality. Members are Bangladesh, China, Colombia, Egypt, The Gambia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. The Partners Secretariat, based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, provides a central point for networking among the members and for identifying opportunities for South-to-South exchanges.

Sawnet (South Asian Women's NETwork) is a forum for those interested in South Asian women's issues. Sawnet is a volunteer effort, and exists entirely in the electronic medium. The mailing list now reaches about 700 women in four continents. The site publishes articles by or for developing country women on health, domestic violence, and legal issues.

Women Connect!
Women Connect! is a participatory development project working to strengthen the communication, technology, and advocacy skills of women's rights organizations around the world. The current focus is on women's health issues in Africa. It is an initiative of the Pacific Institute for Womens Health (

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Online reproductive health journals

Advances in Contraception
Publisher: Society for the Advancement of Contraception (SAC)
Content: Original, peer reviewed papers concerned with reproductive research and clinical aspects of contraception, as well as review papers.
Published four times per year. Table of contents online.

BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (formerly British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
Publisher: Elsevier Science (as of January 2001; formerly published by Blackwell)
Content: Original, peer-reviewed work in all areas of obstetrics and gynaecology, including contraception, uro-gynaecology, fertility, oncology, and clinical practice. Monthly. Table of contents and some full text online.

Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Publisher: WHO
Content: Original research findings on new laboratory, clinical, and epidemiological data drawn from a broad range of fields. Published 6 times per year. Full text online 1999-present.

Publisher: Elsevier Science
Content: The rapid communication of advances and new knowledge in all areas of contraception including chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, endocrinology, biology, the medical sciences, and demography. Monthly. Tables of contents online. Free tables of contents available by email.

Health Policy and Planning
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Content: Articles on epidemiology, health and development economics, management and social policy, planning, and social anthropology. Four issues per year. Free table of contents available by email.

International Family Planning Perspectives
Publisher: Alan Guttmacher Institute
Content: Articles on aspects of international family planning research and program reports. Full text online.

International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Content: Official publication of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. Articles on all aspects of basic and clinical research in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology and related subjects, with emphasis on matters of worldwide interest. Table of contents online. Free tables of contents available by email.

IPPF - Medical Bulletin
Publisher: International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
Content: Up-to-date information on clinical, service-delivery, and managerial aspects in family planning and sexual and reproductive health. Six issues per year. Full text online. Available in English, French, and Spanish.

IPPF Publications
Publisher: International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
Content: Site lists regional and international publications available from IPPF.

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
Publisher: American Medical Association
Content: Peer-reviewed clinical science, disease prevention, and health policy information. Many full text articles, excellent abstracts, tables of contents. Weekly. Some full text online.

Journal of the American Medical Women's Association (JAMWA)
Publisher: American Medical Women's Association
Content: Peer-reviewed journal dedicated to women's health. All issues from 1994 to 1998 are available in full-text on the site. The site also includes a question-of-the-month forum and the Women's Health Link Library (, which provides links to more than 300 organizations and more than 1,000 resources relevant to women's health.

The Lancet
Publisher: Lancet
Content: General articles that are likely to contribute to a change in medical practice or thinking about a disease. Weekly. Tables of contents, some articles online. Access to full text articles online for print subscribers. Access to limited text online with free registration.

MotherCare Matters
Publisher: John Snow, Inc.
Content: Newsletter and literature review on maternal and neonatal health and nutrition. Published quarterly. Recent issues of the newsletter (from 1996 onward) are available online in full text.

Publisher: Family Health International (FHI)
Content: Each edition of FHI's Network includes articles on a specific reproductive health topic. Recent topics have included: emergency contraception, family planning and STIs, adolescent reproductive health, and female barrier methods. Four issues per year. Full text online.

Publisher: Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH)
Content: Features reviews of research findings and other news related to reproductive health. Recent issues have dealt with contraceptive supply security, cervical barrier devices, breast cancer, preventing postpartum hemorrhage, and HIV/AIDS. Four issues per year. Available in English. Selected issues available in Chinese, French, Indonesian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Full text of English-language editions available online.

Population Council Publications
Includes Population Briefs, Studies in Family Planning, Quality/Calidad/Qualité. The site has a search engine for all Population Council publications.

Population Reports
Publisher: Population Information Program (PIP) at the Center for Communication Programs (CCP) of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Content: Each edition is on a single topic and is designed to provide an accurate and authoritative overview of important developments in family planning and related health issues. Four issues per year. Full text online.

Progress in Human Reproduction Research
Publisher: World Health Organization (WHO)/HRP
Content: Disseminates information on the activities of the Programme. Four issues per year. Full text online.

Reproductive Health Matters
Publisher: Elsevier Science (formerly published by Reproductive Health Matters charityand by Blackwell)
Content: In-depth analysis of reproductive health matters from a women-centered perspective. Its aim is to promote laws, policies, research, and services that meet women's reproductive health needs and support women's right to decide whether, when, and how to have children. Published twice per year in English, with summaries available in French and Spanish.

Safe Motherhood Newsletter
Publisher: World Health Organization (WHO)/HRP
Content: Safe motherhood issues and activities. Published twice per year. Free newsletter.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (formerly Genitourinary Medicine)
Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ) Publishing Group
Content: Original articles on the clinical, microbiological, behavioral, epidemiological, social, and historical aspects of sexually transmitted infections, including viral infections such as HIV and AIDS, human papillomavirus, herpes simplex virus, and the sexually transmissible hepatitis viruses. Six issues per year. Table of contents and selected text available online at

Social Science and Medicine
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Content: Research findings, reviews, and theory in all areas of common interest to social scientists and health practitioners and policy makers.
Published twice per month. Table of contents online. Table of contents available by email.

Studies in Family Planning
Publisher: the Population Council
Content: Peer-reviewed articles concerned with all aspects of reproductive health, fertility regulation, and family planning programs in both developing and developed countries. Original research articles, reports, commentary, book reviews, and a data section with findings for individual countries from the Demographic and Health Surveys. Four issues per year. Table of contents and abstracts online.

Note: All scope descriptions are based on descriptions on each journal's webpage.

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Major bibliographic databases

BVS Virtual Health Library
The Virtual Health Library is an important resource for Spanish- and Portuguese-language scientific literature and health terminology. In the Scientific Literature section there are fourteen databases, including the Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences Literature (LILAC) database and the Adolescent Health (ADOLEC) database. The site is managed by the Latin American and Caribbean Center of Health Science Information. (BIREME) (

National Library of Medicine (NLM) Gateway<
The NLM Gateway provides users with "one-stop shopping" for many of NLM's information resources. It allows searching in multiple retrieval systems at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). The current Gateway searches MEDLINE/PubMed, OLDMEDLINE, LOCATORplus, MEDLINEplus, DIRLINE, AIDS Meetings, Health Services Research Meetings, Space Life Sciences Meetings, and HSRProj. Book chapters, audiovisual materials and meeting abstracts are cataloged in addition to journal articles. The Gateway is a work-in-progress, with many updates and improvements planned for the future.

POPLINE is the first place to search for literature the field of population, family planning, and related health issues. The database includes more than 280,000 records representing published and unpublished literature. POPLINE is updated twice each month; approximately 10,000 records are added annually. POPLINE is maintained by the Johns Hopkins Population Information Program. POPLINE will continue to distribute POPLINE on CD-ROM for those in developing countries with limited Internet access. For more details about this service, go to

PubMed is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's free online search service. A simple search screen makes it easy to search over nine million citations from the Medline and PreMedline databases.

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Major RH resources

Development Gateway: Data and Statistics
The Development Gateway's Data and Statistics page provides easy access to many statistical databases, including UN Statistics and Population Division, the Bureau of the Census, DHS,  FAO, UNICEF, and other UN agencies.

Development Gateway: Population and Reproductive Health
The Development Gateway's Population & Reproductive Health (POP/RH) Portal is an interactive website for information and knowledge sharing on population issues. The portal provides a community-built database of shared data, research, publications, projects, ideas and dialogue. Notable features include a news service; an events calendar; population/reproductive health and development project information from donor agencies such as USAID, UNFPA, the World Bank and DFID. Visitors to the website are able to sign up for free membership, which entitles them to receive regular updates on new resources that are added. The Portal is managed by UNFPA.

The Drum Beat
The email and web network from THE COMMUNICATION INITIATIVE partnership—tThe Rockefeller Foundation, UNICEF, USAID [HIV/AIDS, CHANGE], WHO, BBC, World Service, CIDA, Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs, the European Union, Soul City, the Panos Institute, and UNAIDS—provides information, ideas, linkages and dialogue on communication, development, and change.

E-Library is an online service from the Population Reference Bureau that enables users to request and obtain publications and website material by e-mail. E-Library is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of an initiative to heighten awareness and use of population and health information. The service is also available in French ( and Spanish (

Global Reproductive Health Forum The Global Reproductive Health Forum @ Harvard (GRHF) is an internet networking project that provides interactive electronic forums and global discussions, and distributes reproductive health and rights materials from a variety of perspectives through its clearinghouse. The project also maintains an extensive, up-to-date research library. This gateway site provides an extensive collection of links to organizations and information as well as many interactive opportunities. Available in English and Spanish.

HealthNet is SatelLife's computer-based telecommunications system that links health care workers around the world. HealthNet provides access to the latest medical information, email connectivity, electronic conferencing, and other services tailored to meet the current demands of its users. Includes a directory of members.

Listservs Relevant to Health, Population, Nutrition
An annotated collection of listservs with instructions for subscribing.

Manager's Electronic Resource Center
This website offers a wide range of resources including The Provider's Guide to Quality & Culture, The Health Manager's Toolkit, The Guide to Managing for Quality, the International Drug Price Indicator Guide, and The Manager Online. The site also includes extensive information about ten management topics. Available in English, French, and Spanish.

Media/Materials Clearinghouse
Produced by the Johns Hopkins Population Information Program, the Media/Materials Clearinghouse (M/MC) is an international resource for health professionals who seek samples of pamphlets, posters, videos, and many other media/materials designed to promote public health. The M/MC is the largest collection of health communication materials in the world, and each of the databases contains a search engine.

Ob/ is a commercially sponsored site that provides information on obstetrics and gynecology to professionals and the industry. The site includes a search engine, links to related sites, and features information on breast care, nursing, chronic pelvic pain, osteoporosis, endometriosis, physicians-in-training, fetal monitoring, pregnancy and birth, hysterectomy and alternatives, technology, infertility, ultrasound, laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, urogynecology, menopause and perimenopause,and young woman. It has international sections in Spanish and Portuguese (Latina), Dutch and German (Europe), and some country-specific information.

The Planet public education campaign is the work of several organizations, including CARE, the National Audubon Society, Save the Children, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Population Action International, Communications Consortium Media Center, and DDB Issues & Advocacy. Their website is a rich source of information, discussion, and opportunities for action regarding international family planning. Aimed primarily at U.S. readers, the site provides overviews and discussions of key issues in international family planning, gender issues, environmental issues, and related topics.

Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI)
The PERI website offers resources on a broad range of scientific subjects. The site includes The Cochrane Library, which is offered through a partnership with the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP). As part of the PERI initiative, The Cochrane Libary is available free or at minimal cost to countries in UNDP-defined Low and Middle Human Development groups. The library is published quarterly on CD-ROM and the Internet, and contains full-text reviews, abstracts, registers of controlled trials and of methodology, economic evaluations, and technology assessments.

Reproductive Health Gateway
The USAID Population and Health Materials Working Group (PHMWG) has developed the Reproductive Health Gateway, a powerful one-stop search site that searches through nearly 60 websites selected for information on reproductive health. Search results are hot-linked to the specific pages containing your search terms. The site allows searches in Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.

Presentation Graphics and Reference Material
ReproLine is free source of up-to-date information on selected reproductive health topics, including family planning. It is designed for policy makers with technical or clinical background involved in setting policy for service delivery. ReproLine is managed by JHPIEGO, and is available in English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

RHI Database for Reproductive Health Materials
This database gives you direct access to selected EC/UNFPA-funded IEC-materials produced in the more than 40 projects of the EC/UNFPA Initiative for Reproductive Health in Asia (RHI) (

Scientists for Health and Research for Development (SHARED)
A very useful tool for all scientists and organizations interested incooperation and networking. The SHARED database offers structured information on approximately 2,500 reproductive health projects in over 160 countries. It also provides information on initiatives related to international health issues with focus on socioeconomic development. The information is customized to allow quick overviews for scientists, health workers, and policy makers. SHARED also offers general information on health related issues and links to other health-concerned bodies or other coordinating activities. The site is managed by GTZ. Available in English, French, and Portuguese.

United Nations Population Information Network (POPIN)
POPIN is a decentralized community of population institutions organized into regional and national networks in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, and Northern America. The site contains extensive information and links on world population trends, regional population information and networking, and the ICPD+5. The POPIN electronic library includes a worldwide directory of population institutions and a multilingual dictionary of demographic and reproductive heath terminology.

The WHO Reproductive Health Library (RHL)
Providing information on evidence-based reproductive health care through systematic reviews.
The RHL is based on a reproductive health subset of The Cochrane Library. The focus is on evidence-based solutions to reproductive health problems in developing countries. Cochrane reviews concerning reproductive health interventions are included together with peer-reviewed commentaries from experts in developing countries. The commentaries discuss the relevance and feasibility of implementing those interventions in low-resource settings, and include a section on practical aspects of using these interventions. The library is available on CD-ROM from the WHO/HRP program to health workers in developing countries on a free-subscription basis. RHL is currently published in English and Spanish. To order the current issue of RHL and subscribe, send an email with your mailing address to [email protected]

World Resources Institute (WRI) Project Clearinghouse
The Clearinghouse provides information about a broad range of projects in developing countries. It is designed to provide a means of helping such projects find partners, financial resources, technology advice and help, and media coverage; promote sharing experience and new ideas; and stimulate innovation and investment in digital dividend approaches. Registration is free.

Worldwide Directory of Population Institutions
Contact Information Database
This database is managed by United Nations Population Information Network (POPIN). It is searchable by organization name, region, or organization type and includes detailed instructions for downloading mailing lists. Contact information for developing country organizations including email and website URLs is available.

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Reproductive health organizations

Net Links: Guide to Population, Health and Development Resources
Net Links is a database of more than 800 Internet resources useful to people working in the areas of health, population, and international development. Because these are interdisciplinary fields that include public health, health education, demography, environment, communication, public policy and others, links are made to a wide variety of organizations and government agencies.

Organizations not included in the list below may be found in Net Links above. Additional organizations are listed in the topic sections. If you know of an organization to include in this list please send the URL and a description to: [email protected]

Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI)

Assocation of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP)

Center for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA)

EC/UNFPA Initiative for Reproductive Health in Asia (RHI)
EC/UNFPA Initiative provides financial support over a period of four years to reproductive health activities and services in Asia. Its main strategy is to involve international, regional, and local nonprofit organizations in its implementation and have these partners work together toward a common goal. With this approach, the Initiative hopes to bring reproductive health services within reach of populations in South and Southeast Asia that are unserved or under-served. The website is a good resource for descriptions of projects, country information, and news.

EngenderHealth (formerly AVSC International)

Family Care International

Family Health International (FHI)

Fundacion Mexicana Para La Planeacion Familiar (MEXFAM)
English and Spanish

Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs (CCP)


International Council on Management of Population Programmes (ICOMP)
ICOMP was founded on the premise that population program managers in developing countries need to share their experiences and learn from each other in view of emerging expanded population programs and concerns. It is the only developing-country international NGO dedicated to the mission of improving population program management, serving the needs of both public-sector and NGO programs. The website is a great resource for descriptions of programs in developing countries. The Inventory of Reproductive Health Practices includes descriptions of programs in Africa and Asia. ICOMP online publications include: Upscaling Innovations in Reproductive Health and South-south NGO Networks. The website includes full text articles from ICOMP "Feedback," which includes summaries of innovative reproductive health programs

International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC)

International Planned Parenthood (IPPF)

INTRAH (Program for International Training in Health)

Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

NGO Network Alliance Project
This site brings together a significant number of Zimbabwean NGOs, CSOs, and social justice organizations, and is a useful resource for Zimbabwean activities.

NGO Networks for Health

Partners in Population and Development: A South-South Initiative
Partners in Population and Development is an alliance of 16 developing countries established during the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994). The alliance works to expand south-to-south collaboration to improve the quality and accessibility of reproductive health and family planning programs, and to speed effective implementation of the Cairo Program of Action.

Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH)


Population Action International (PAI)

Population Council

Q Web: A Women's Empowerment Base
Q Web is a worldwide network for exchange of knowledge, experience, and ideas on women's health and gender issues. The site includes resources on gender equality, society and women's health, sexuality and reproduction, violence and abuse, adolescents, and trafficking. Available in English and Swedish.

Quality Assurance Project (QAP)
The QAP website features downloadable products and tools on quality assurance and provides extensive information to strengthen health service delivery at the national, regional, and local levels. The site describes QAP interventions in quality design, improvement, and control; performance support interventions; standards development and communication; and regulatory approaches for quality. It also details QAP work in child health, maternal health, reproductive health, and infectious diseases.

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS)

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

U.S. Committee for UN Population Fund

WHO Division of Reproductive Health (Technical Support) (RHT)

WHO HRP Online

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Reproductive health policy documents

International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD)
ICPD Programme of Action (1994) and ICPD+5 review of progress since the ICPD conference (1999). Key documents are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

From Rhetoric to Reality: Delivering Reproductive Health Promises through Integrated Services
This FHI paper identifies policy and service delivery challenges in the integration of reproductive health and discusses issues such as composition of services, costs, and funding. The paper offers an historic view of experiences in formulating, implementing, and evaluating integrated services of national public-sector programs in developing countries.

National Population Family Development Board- Malaysia (NPFDB)
This site contains policy statements on Population, Family Development and Reproductive Health from NPFDB in Malaysia.

Progress In Human Reproduction Research No. 42 1997
The Global Burden of Reproductive Ill-Health
This article describes the overall aims and goals of WHO's reproductive health program.

Reports from ICPD+5
From The Internet Scout Project. Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-1999.
From February 6-12, 1999, official delegates representing governments and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from over 180 nations convened in The Hague, Netherlands, on the fifth anniversary of the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The 1994 ICPD, held in Cairo, Egypt, has been lauded as one of the most successful global congresses ever, culminating with the unanimous endorsement of a comprehensive 20-year Programme of Action. Recognizing that individual health, rights, and well-being provide the foundation for sustainable development, the ICPD Programme of Action emphasizes the need for universal access to affordable reproductive health services, underscores the promotion of women's rights issues, and highlights the impact of the world's expanding population on the environment. The week-long international forum, dubbed ICPD+5, reviewed and appraised the progress made worldwide since the implementation of the Cairo agenda. With world population expected to exceed six billion in 1999, the UN plans to hold several special sessions on population and development throughout the year, based on the findings unearthed at the ICPD+5 forum.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) offers the most extensive resource on ICPD+5, providing background information, breaking news, and full-text reports and documents. Cairo+5, a site maintained by the Population Council—a nonprofit, nongovernmental research organization—includes a valuable guide and a report on ICPD and its current evaluation: the Guide to Research Findings on the Cairo Consensus, and From Cairo to Kayoro: Bringing Reproductive Health to a Village in Ghana. The Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) hosts a site that provides ICPD updates, task force information, media fact sheets, an electronic mailing list, and an interactive presentation (Flash) that gives a brief history of the ICPD process. The UN Population Information Network (POPIN) posts the full text of the ICPD Programme of Action, adopted by 179 countries in 1994, as well as ICPD+5, a five-year review and appraisal of the Programme's implementation. Population Action publishes Cairo Plus Five.

The United Nations Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
Outlines the Mission Statement, Global Framework, Critical Areas of Concern, Strategic Objectives and Actions.

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Award nominations

Fellowship for Health & Population Innovation
(formerly known as the MacArthur Fund for Leadership Development)
"The Population Council, India, aims to provide fellowships to individuals who wish to evolve innovative approaches to health and population issues including action and/or research initiatives in the areas of population, reproductive and sexual health and rights and generate sound evidence to inform programmes and policy as well as potential replicability and scaling up of these approaches." The council especially welcomes proposals that focus on young people's sexual and reproductive health and choices; making pregnancy safer; addressing the needs of women with unintended pregnancies; contraceptive use; quality of reproductive health services; strengthening men's involvement; improving dialogue among diverse gri\oups; and advocacy for policy change. Applicants from all sectors and disciplines are welcome.
Deadline: September 15, 2004
For more information, please contact:
Fellowship for Health and Population Innovation, Population Council, Zone 5 A, Ground Floor, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi 110 003, India
Email: [email protected]

Soros Reproductive Health & Rights Fellowship
This 12-month fellowship is coordinated by the Soros Foundation and the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, created "in response to twin challenges of a global landscape increasingly vulnerable to religious extremists opposed to women's rights and a conservative political climate in the United States similarly hostile to long-established freedoms for women." The aim is to "bring together U.S. and international scholars and scholar/activists from a broad variety of disciplines to stimulate and enrich each others' thinking and work; support research and writing that advances gender equality and the recognition of reproductive rights and women's rights as fundamental to the advancement of human rights and central to global social and economic progress; and produce an edited volume and other materials that will serve as intellectual resources for policy makers, activists, academics, and students." The fellowship is seeking applicants from diverse fields including reproductive health, public health, demography, epidemiology, economics, social sciences, political science, history, medicine, law, human rights, ethics, and philosophy. A strong publishing record is essential.
Application deadline: September 20, 2004
For more information, please contact:
Sunita Mehta, Program Director, Soros Reproductive Health and Rights Fellowship Program, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 60 Haven Avenue, B-2, New York, NY 10032, USA
Email: [email protected]

Award for Best Practices in Global Health
The Award for Best Practices in Global Health was established to honor individuals and organizations making significant contributions to the field. In addition to showcasing a specific program, this annual award celebrates the thousands of people working in the field to promote health equity for all. A US$1,000 stipend is awarded annually to allow its recipient a small measure of freedom to pursue their work.
For more information or to submit a nomination, visit the Global Health Councils website ( or contact:
Carrie Peterson, Conference Program Assistant, Global Health Council
Telephone: 802-649-1340 ext. 2142; Email: [email protected]

Gates Award for Global Health
Established in 2000 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this annual award seeks to recognize an organization that has made a major and lasting contribution to the field of global health. Administered by the Global Health Council, the award comes with a $1 million honorarium. Nominations may be submitted by anyone from any country. In submitting nominations, emphasis should be placed on an organization's accomplishments to date. Applications should include a brief history of how the organization has made a sustained and widespread contribution in the field of global health.
For more information or to submit a nomination, visit the Global Health Councils website ( or contact Terry Fisher, award program assistant at [email protected] or 802-649-1340.

Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights
This award has been established by Association François-Xavier Bagnoud, Doctors of the World, and the Global Health Council, and is presented annually to a leading practitioner in health and human rights, be it an individual or organization. The award is intended to be a substantial cash prize, to allow its recipients a measure of freedom to pursue their work in this important area.
For more information or to submit a nomination, visit the Global Health Councils website( or contact Terry Fisher, award program assistant at [email protected] or 802-649-1340.

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