Useful Resources

Video: Health For All Now! The 3rd People's Health Assembly
Saugues S, Madonko T, 19 February 2015

This video is of the Third People’s Health Assembly, organised by the People’s Health Movement (PHM) at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa, 6-11 July 2012. It brought health activists, civil society, academics, communities, health professionals, networks and individuals from across the world together to analyse global health and to strategise jointly towards Health for All.

Violence against Women: The Health Sector Responds

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is one of the most widespread human rights abuses and public health problems in the world today, affecting as many as one out of every three women. It is also an extreme manifestation of gender inequity, targeting women and girls because of their subordinate social status in society. The consequences of GBV are often devastating and long-term, affecting women's and girls' physical health and mental well-being. At the same time, its ripple effects compromise the social development of other children in the household, the family as a unit, the communities where the individuals live, and society as a whole. Violence against Women: The Health Sector Responds provides a strategy for addressing this complex problem and concrete approaches for carrying it out, not only for those on the front lines attending to the women who live with violence, but also for the decision-makers who may incorporate the lessons in the development of policies and resources.

Virtual Campus for Public Health

The Virtual Campus for Public Health (VCPH) is a virtual space for interchange, communication, information, generation of useful knowledge, education and discussions among individuals and institutions on topics and priority issues related to processes of health sector reform, performance of essential public health functions, public health management and the institutional development of public health education.

Vision, Values, and Voice: A Communications Toolkit
The Opportunity Agenda: December 2013

‘Helvetika Bold’ a social justice superhero, takes you through a toolkit that offers social justice advocates tips and ideas to "unleash their communications superpowers", including guidance on forming a communications strategy, framing and messaging, and media outreach. In addition to big-picture thinking about communication strategies, readers will also find examples of a range of tactics, as well as concrete messaging guidance in the form of detachable "Opportunity Flashcards", the first set of an ongoing series of cards that provide what are intended to be short and easy-to-find advice and sample language on a range of social justice issues. "You can download and print each of these flashcards and use them the next time you have a media interview, need to write an opinion piece, or just need some ideas as you think through your messaging strategy." Each card provides a link to more in-depth information on the toolkit website.

Watch The Movements Of Every Refugee On Earth Since The Year 2000
Peters A: Fast Company, 31 May 2017

In 2016, more refugees arrived in Uganda–including nearly half a million people from South Sudan alone–than crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. While the numbers in Africa are increasing, the situation isn’t new: As the world continues to focus on the European refugee crisis, an equally large crisis has been unfolding in Africa. A new visualization shows the flow of refugees around the world from 2000 to 2015, and makes the lesser-known story in Africa–and in places like Sri Lanka in 2006 or Colombia in 2007–as obvious as what has been happening more recently in Syria. Each yellow dot represents 17 refugees leaving a country, and each red dot represents refugees arriving somewhere else.

We Miss You All
Noerine Kaleeba

Veteran Ugandan AIDS activist Noerine Kaleeba is an angry woman. Anger propelled her into the frontline of HIV/AIDS activism in her country after her husband's death from HIV/AIDS. Sixteen years later Kaleeba is still angry, but her anger is now directed at the stigma and discrimination surrounding the disease. Kaleeba was speaking during the launch of the second edition of her acclaimed book 'We Miss You All' in Johannesburg. The book tells the story of her husband's death from AIDS, and how this led her to form The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO). It also relates how her family coped with the pain and stigma that the disease brought into their lives.

Further details: /newsletter/id/29604
Web site sheds light on research methods for evaluating health care cost, quality and access
Rosengren K: AcademyHealth, 10 January 2008

AcademyHealth launched a new online resource that provides researchers collaborating across disciplines with an easy-to-use tool for understanding health services research methods. The site includes an overview of the language, training resources, and analytic techniques used by researchers from different academic backgrounds and provides a forum for discussing methods used in the published literature. The site is designed as a launching pad for future methods training to improve understanding of HSR across disciplines and support ongoing development and refinement of HSR methods in general.

Further details: /newsletter/id/32829
Web Tips: Useful web sites

Search engine for Constitutions, treaties and declarations at Political Science Resources, UK Contains international conventions and treaties and national constitutions listed by country, A to Z.
Search database for National constitutions, organized alphabetically. University of Richmond, School of Law, USA
Search database for national constitutions at University of Lyon. However, it is all in French, no obvious English option!
The World Fact Book. You select a country and under the government section, you can locate the icon for constitution. However, it only provides general information on when adopted, etc. The actual constitution is not listed.


The Global Health Initiative (GHI) of the World Economic Forum is developing a web-based networking tool, which is aimed at fostering new partnerships and greater private sector action against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. The GHI Networking Directory, available at , enables businesses and other users to easily identify useful contacts and potential partners in the battle against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. The directory lists NGOs working with the private sector, as well as companies that have existing programs or expertise to share. It also includes academic institutions and other organisations that provide technical assistance or advice. The target audience for this website is businesses and others wanting to start or improve programmes, usually in the workplace or in local communities. There are no fees involved with participating.

Further details: /newsletter/id/29491
Website for African development policy
Africa Portal

The Africa Portal is an online knowledge resource for policy-related issues on Africa. An undertaking by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Makerere University (MAK), and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the portal offers open access to a suite of features including an online library collection; a resource for opinion and analysis; an experts directory; an international events calendar; and a mobile technology component—all aimed to equip users with research and information on Africa’s current policy issues. A key feature to the Africa Portal is the online library collection holding over 2,500 books, journals, and digital documents related to African policy issues. The entire online repository is open access and available for free full-text download. A portion of the digital documents housed in the library have been digitised for the first time as an undertaking of the Africa Portal project. Facilitating new digitisation projects is a core feature of the Africa Portal, which aims to improve access and visibility for African research.