Health Thematic Portal: Related Resources
Macro International, Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS): Provides data and interactive maps for indicators grouped under the headings of: characteristics of households, fertility, family planning, other proximate determinants of fertility, fertility preferences, early childhood mortality, maternal and child health, maternal and child nutrition, female genital cutting, and malaria.
Mapping Malaria Risk in Africa (MARA/ARMA): Includes the following:
- MARA LITe, malaria prevalence data, malaria distribution maps, and estimated populations at risk in Africa
- Populations at risk of malaria, integration of various MARA malaria distribution models with population distribution map to estimate the number of people living at risk of malaria in Africa
- Entomological inoculation rates for Africa
- Anopheles gambiae s.l. distribution records, reported presence/absence of six species of the Anopheles gambiae group in Africa and islands; and,
- Climate database CD-ROM, monthly mean rainfall and temperature for Africa for 1951 to 1995.
UNAIDS/WHO Global HIV/AIDS Online Database: Collates the most recent country-specific data on the spread and impact of the virus, information on risk behaviours (e.g. casual sex and condom use) and health sector response information (e.g., data on people receiving treatment and coverage of HIV counselling and testing).
United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF country statistics: Includes data on under-five mortality; infant mortality; total population; births; life expectancy; infant birthweight; breastfeeding; underweight under-fives; stunting; vitamin A supplementation; iodized salt consumption; improved drinking water; EPI vaccines financed by governments; immunizations for tuberculosis, hepatitus B, influenzae, polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus; percent under-fives with ARI; percent under-fives with diarrhoea receiving oral rehydration and continued feeding; Malaria; percent under-fives sleeping under a mosquito net; percent under-fives with fever receiving anti-malarial drugs; HIV prevalence (children/adults); HIV knowledge and behavior; and orphans.
World Health Organization Statistics Indicators (WHO): Includes the following databases:
- Mortality: Life expectancy at birth; healthy life expectancy; probability of dying (per 1000) between ages 15 and 60 years (adult mortality rate); probability of dying (per 1000) under age five years (under-5 mortality rate); probability of dying (per 1000) under age five years (under-5 mortality rate); neonatal mortality rate (per 1000 live births); and maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births)
- Morbidity: HIV prevalence among the population aged 15-49 years; number of poliomyelitis cases; incidence of smear positive tuberculosis per 100 000 population; newborns with low birth weight (percentage); children under five years of age stunted for age (percentage); Children under five years of age underweight for age (percentage); prevalence of adults ( 15 years and older) who are obese (percentage); mean systolic blood pressure among population aged 15 years and older
- Health Services Coverage: One-year-olds immunized with one dose of measles (percentage); one-year-olds immunized with three doses of diphtheria, tetanus toxoid, and pertussis (DTP3)(percentage); one-year-olds immunized with three doses of Hepatitis B (HepB3 )(percentage); antenatal care coverage (percentage); births attended by skilled health personnel (percentage); contraceptive prevalence rate (percentage); children under five years of age using insecticide-treated nets (percentage); tuberculosis cases detected under DOTS (percentage); tuberculosis cases successfully treated under DOTS (percentage); and people with advanced HIV infection receiving antiretroviral (ARV) combination therapy (percentage)
- Environmental and Behavioral Risk Factors: Population with sustainable access to an improved water source (percentage); population with access to improved sanitation (percentage); population using solid fuels (percentage); prevalence of current tobacco use in adolescents (13–15 years of age); per capita alcohol consumption among adults aged 15 years and older; and condom use and higher risk sex among young people aged 15-24 years (percentage); and,
- Health Systems: Number of physicians per 10 000 population; number of nurses and midwives per 10 000 population; total number of health workers per 10 000 population; nurses and midwives to physicians ratio, number of hospital beds per 10 000 population; total expenditure on health as percentage of GDP; general government expenditure on health as percentage of total general government expenditure; per capita total expenditure on health at international dollar rate; and coverage of vital registration of deaths.
Electronic News, Reports, and Discussion Lists
Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED): The International Society for Infectious Diseases hosts the ProMED Web site and email newsletter. ProMED is a global electronic reporting system, that is open to all sources, for outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases and toxins.
Public Health GIS News and Information: The National Center for Health Statitistics, part of the U.S. CDC, provides on its Web site and through its listserver a free bimonthly, electronic report “dedicated to scientific excellence and advancement in disease control and prevention through the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology.”