Global health is the theme of the 2007 World Affairs Seminar (on campus June 16-22). The University Library has resources that can help! Some are on the shelves and some are online; you are welcome to come into the Library to make use of them.
There are many fine government or intergovernmental entities that provide information on global health. These will get you started:
- The World Health Organization (WHO) produces the annual World Health Report. The 2006 report focuses on the shortage of health care workers worldwide. Previous years’ reports have focused on topics such as HIV/AIDS (2004), the overall picture of major health threats (2003) and health systems around the world (2000). The WHO website provides a great deal of information on specific health topics such as climate change & human health, avian influenza, disease outbreaks, and of course world health statistics.
- The U.S. Dept. of Health & Social Services has a globalhealth.gov website that provides information and links to other sites with additional information.
- The World Bank may not immediately come to mind for information on health topics, but in fact it funds health projects worldwide, e.g., using education systems to combat HIV/AIDS in Africa and south Asia. Visit its Public Health at a Glance webpage to obtain information about its other health priorities, such as malaria, immunizations, and tuberculosis.
Search the Library’s online catalog for the keyword phrase “world health” or search for more specific topics to find useful materials on the shelves. Some of the listings will be online books or documents (location will be “Internet”). To read an Internet title click on the title and then on the link following “Linked Resources” in the catalog record. If you want to limit your search to books in the 3rd-floor Main Collection, set the “Quick Limits” to Main Collection before you do your search. Questions? Ask the reference librarian on duty for assistance (in person, by calling 262-472-1032, or by emailing or chatting).
The University Library is a federal and Wisconsin depository with many federal, state, local, and international documents on a variety of current and relevant issues available to you in print, microfiche, CD-ROM, and electronically. Come check out your government at the University Library!