Useful Resources

Building Blocks: Africa-wide briefing notes

Building Blocks: Africa-wide briefing notes is a set of six locally adaptable resources to help communities and local organisations in Africa support children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS. These resources are based on the experience of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, its partners and other organisations and have been produced in English, French and Portuguese.

Building future health systems to deliver primary health care
Eldis: 2009

It is thirty years since the Alma Ata Declaration which outlined an international consensus on the need to provide universal access to primary health care (PHC). During the ensuing years some countries established and consolidated well-organised government health services in which PHC played an important role. Many others were less successful. Some countries have experienced major reversals in life expectancy after a long period of steady improvement and their health systems have deteriorated. There is a growing concern by national governments and the international community to expand access to PHC and they have committed a lot of money for this purpose. But there have been many major changes in these last three decades that pose big challenges for the future configurations of PHC. This key issues guide unpacks some of the challenges for the future of PHC and highlights promising models of health system arrangement and service delivery that are improving access for the poorest and most marginalised. It focuses on four main areas: the increasing marketisation of health and how governments respond; the challenge of responding to progressive and chronic illnesses; the emergence of new epidemics and the globalisation of public health responses; and the pressure to keep up with new treatments and technologies.


The Centre for AIDS Development, Research and Evaluation (Cadre) is a South African non-profit organisation working in the area of HIV/AIDS social research, project development and communications. Cadre has offices in Johannesburg, Grahamstown and Cape Town. Cadre's main objective is to ensure that relevant social research is applied to developing a coherent and systematic response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Southern Africa. The Cadre website offers a wide range of downloadable publications and a searchable bibliographic database.

Call for involvement in transformative scale up of health professional education in low and middle-income countries
World Health Organisation

The World Health Organisation (WHO), with support from PEPFAR, is leading an initiative on the transformative scale up of health professional education in low and middle-income countries. This process of scaling up health workers is proposing a change from "business-as-usual" in order to ensure that there is not only an increase in the numbers of health workers but in their quality and relevance to the communities they serve. Driven by population health needs, transformative scale-up is a process of education and health systems reform that addresses the quantity, quality and relevance of health care providers in order to increase access to health services and to improve population health outcomes. This cannot be done without the involvement of all relevant stakeholders at the country and regional levels. WHO are therefore inviting participation and call for input on‪ how you can advocate with WHO for scaling up transformative education at the country level, and what WHO can contribute to your efforts at the country, regional and global levels.

Campaigning Toolkit for Civil Society Organisations engaged in the MDGs

This manual aims to assist civil society organisation in campaigning for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Millennium Development Goals form an ambitious agenda for reducing poverty and improving lives. World leaders formulated the MDGs at the United Nations Millennium Summit in September 2000. Each goal contains one or more targets to be reached by 2015, and each country has to set realistic, time-bound and measurable national development goals in line with these targets.

Canada's access to medicines regime
Canadian Government

Canada's Access to Medicines Regime provides a way for the world's developing and least-developed countries to import high-quality drugs and medical devices at a lower cost to treat the diseases that bring suffering to their citizens. It is one part of the Government of Canada's broader strategy to assist countries in their struggle against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other diseases. This website has all of the information that developing and least-developed countries, non governmental organisations and pharmaceutical companies need to take advantage of the regime.

Cape Town Conference 2014: Putting Public in Public Services.
Municipal Services Project, July 2014

Presenters' insights and experiences with progressive public services inspired and energized the 150+ people who came from across South Africa and around the world for this three-day event last April. All panel presentations and plenary talks recorded by students from the University of the Western Cape are available online.

Cartooning for Peace
Foundation of cartooning for peace, Geneva

Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the UN, said in 2006 “Cartoons make us laugh. Without them, our lives would be much sadder. But they are no laughing matter : They have the power to inform, and also to offend.” With Plantu, French editorial cartoonist at “Le Monde” newspaper, he gathered together twelve of the greatest international cartoonists at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on October 16, 2006, at a symposium entitled “Unlearning Intolerance”. The Cartooning for Peace initiative started with this meeting. It aims to promote a better understanding and mutual respect between people of different cultures and beliefs using editorial cartoons as a universal language. Cartooning for Peace facilitates meetings of professional cartoonists of all nationalities with a wide audience, to promote exchanges on freedom of expression and recognition of the journalistic work of cartoonists. Cartooning for Peace also provides protection and legal assistance to cartoonists working in difficult environments, as well as advice and support in the exercise of their profession.

CD-ROM on Importance of Safe Blood
Safe Blood Starts With Me, Blood Saves Lives

Today, information sharing is getting simpler and getting better. The Blood Transfusion Safety Team at WHO is pleased to make available - free of charge - a CD-ROM containing facts, figures and photos on the importance of safe blood. This material, produced for World Health Day 2000 on Blood Safety, is an excellent educational tool for
schools or health mangers alike. Ask for Mac or PC versions, indicating the quantity requested, from: The Blood Transfusion Safety Team, Blood Safety and Clinical Technology, World Health Organization, 1211 Geneva 19, Switzerland.

Further details: /newsletter/id/28707
CD-ROM: Media/Materials for Health Communication

The Media/Materials Clearinghouse at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs is pleased to make available a new CD-ROM: "Media/Materials for Health Communication" which is a CD-ROM of the M/MC's website. The CD-ROM is a "carry-along" resource center with many databases of health communication materials, photographs, videos, etc., as well as several of the M/MC's newsletters. Also included is a checklist that walks the user through the planning and establishment of a multi-media resource center.

Further details: /newsletter/id/29222