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Geography/Country MapsIndex of Links to additional International/Overseas Volunteer Opportunities
Meteorology/Local WeatherOrganizational/Doctor Directories
Regional and Country InformationSupply and Delivery of Medical Goods
Travel/Leisure InformationUseful Information on Anatomy, Pathology and Physiology
Useful Information on Local Diseases, Health Care, ImmunizationsUseful Information on Local Government/State Department Issues
Volunteer Organizations
Country Health Care and Vital Statistics
  • The Progress of Nations 1999
    "The nations of the world ranked according to their achievements in child health, nutrition, education, family planning and progress for women."

  • U.S. Census Bureau International Database
    "The International Data Base (IDB) is a computerized data bank containing statistical tables of demographic and socio-economic data for 227 countries and areas of the world." Data goes back as far as 1950. See the introductory page to find general information about the database and to view graphs and other pre-aggregated data on world population.

Faith Based Humanitarian Organizational Directories
  • Linking Hands
    Linking Hands is a Christian faith based organization helping to connect medical professional onto humanitarian projects in all parts of the world. These are useful links and resources from their site. This site is particularly useful for Christian faith medical professionals who wish to combine missionary work with medicine.

  • Health Nations
    Useful site with links to many Christian based medical missions and projects. Alphabetical listing of database.

  • Missions International
    Missions International is a Caribbean Interdenominational Christian Mission providing food, clothing, free medical service and other humanitarian type relief to the poor and suffering people of the Caribbean. Missions International has outreaches to most countries in the Caribbean, including Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Martinique, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent, Suriname, Tortola, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.

First Aid, Injuries, and Medications
  • First Aid
    Emergency treatment administered to an injured or sick person before professional medical care is available.

  • Medications & Pharmaceuticals
    The use of chemical agents to promote recovery from injury or ailment. Nursing

  • Injuries
    Useful information on injuries and burns.

Funding Opportunities for Overseas Travel
  • International Health- Funding Your Trip
    Link to organizations that may provide funding alternative for medical students wishing to volunteer overseas. Unfortunately there exists no single collective source for funding medical students' trips overseas, there are nevertheless a vast supply of resources available, if you are willing to do some research on the topic ahead of time. These funding opportunities can be through the organization with which you are participating, your medical school, or a private source, and if you are creative you can pool them together from a variety of resources, based on religious, social, economic, educational, racial, gender, or regional affiliations, to name a few. Many students opt to fundraise, while many also compile a convincing presentation to persuade their schools to provide funding.

Geography/Country Maps
  • GEOnet Names Server
    This database allows searching for geographic information on countries outside of the United States. It includes not only towns, cities and other populated places, but also features like rivers, lakes, roads, tunnels, schools, even individual rocks and other obscure features. The database will provide exact latitude and longitude information for the features.

  • Gheos World Atlas 2000
    Interactive maps of the world, along with statistical and informational profiles

Index of Links to additional International/Overseas Volunteer Opportunities
  • International/Overseas Volunteer Opportunities
    This is an index of links to Web sites that provide information about outside-the-U.S. service opportunities for U.S. citizens (and any other country, for the most part). Opportunities may vary in length from one week to several years, depending on the program sponsor. Many of these organizations require participants to pay a program free as well as their own travel expenses.

Meteorology/Local Weather
  • CNN Weather
    An excellent on-line resource for national and international weather updates and travel advisorys.

Organizational/Doctor Directories
  • The International Medical Volunteers Association (IMVA)
    The International Medical Volunteers Association (IMVA) is a nonprofit organization that promotes, facilitates, and supports voluntary medical activity through education and information exchange. Our interests are primarily in developing countries. Formed in 1996, we work with a wide range of volunteers: physicians, dentists, nurses, therapists, hospital administrators, public health specialists, technologists, health educators, missionaries, physician's assistants, students and others interested in health care. We provide information about volunteer opportunities and offer practical advice on how to find and choose compatible assignments. This useful link and resource is an outstanding glossary of useful tips and suggestions for first time international medical volunteers including help with how to prepare, what to pack, keeping, staying healthy, what to expect and how to cope. An exceptional and exhaustive site.

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics
    The American Academy of Pediatrics contains a searchable list of organizations needing pediatricians. Also useful information regarding travel overseas.

  • AMA Physician Select
    "Provides information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States and its possessions, including more than 650,000 doctors of medicine (MD) and doctors of osteopathy or osteopathic medicine (DO). All physician credential data have been verified for accuracy and authenticated by accrediting agencies, medical schools, residency training programs, licensing and certifying boards, and other data sources." You can search by physician name or specialty.

  • Relief Web
    Comprehensive web site intended to provide valuable information needs for the humanitarian relief community such as complex emergencies, natural disasters, etc. (by Country)

Regional and Country Information
  • Atlapedia Online
    "Atlapedia Online contains full color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world. The Countries A to Z section, provides facts, figures and statistical data on geography, climate, people, religion, language, history, economy & more..for each individual country. The World Maps section, provides full color physical and political maps for regions of the world." Searchable.

  • Central Intelligence Agency
    The Central Intelligence Agency provides unclassified intelligence reports and summaries, information about the CIA itself, and the World FactBook, which offers detailed geography information about each country.

  • CIA World Factbook
    Quick facts on countries of the world compiled annually by the CIA for the use of U.S. Government officials. Facts cover such topics as geography, political conditions, populations, land, industries. Includes appendix of acronyms and definitions.

  • Cultural Profiles Project
    This site contains over 100 country profiles. Each give an overview of life in each country.

  • Economist.Com | Country Briefings
    "Pick a country... to see articles from The Economist, background profiles, forecast and statistics from The Economist Intelligence Unit, market and currency updates, news headlines and links." (Note: some articles require a subscription to Economist.Com premium content service.)

  • Global Statistics
    Almanac of world statistics. "There's a large collection of data at this site, ranging from country profiles (provinces and main cities) to the highest mountains in the world, to a list of all countries in the world with their capitals, surface area and population."

  • Library of Congress Country Studies
    The site gives very detailed information on countries' geography, society, economy, transportation, communications, government, politics and history. "Each study is written by a multidisciplinary team of social scientists. The authors seek to provide a basic understanding of the observed society, striving for a dynamic rather than a static portrayal. Particular attention is devoted to the people who make up the society, their origins, dominant beliefs and values, their common interests and the issues on which they are divided, the nature and extent of their involvement with national institutions, and their attitudes toward each other and toward their social system and political order." This source does not cover some of the world's smaller countries.

  • Portals to the World
    "Portals to the World contain selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world. They are arranged by country or area with the links for each sorted into a wide range of broad categories. The links were selected by Area Specialists and other Library staff using Library of Congress selection criteria. When completed, the project will include all the

  • START Natural Language Question Answering System
    The START Natural Language artificial intelligence server at MIT interactively answers all kinds of geography questions posed by Web users in natural language queries. Ask questions or make requests such as "Show me a map of Turkey?," "What is the population of Rome?" or "What cities are within 300 miles of Moscow?"

Supply and Delivery of Medical Goods
  • Supplies Overseas
    Our focus at SOS is recycling local medical surplus to meet global need. This usually happens as the result of careful planning and long-term partnerships; however, when disasters worldwide create great and immediate needs, we make our resources available to groups responding to those urgent situations . In recent years, SOS has worked with local and international partners to respond to disasters including the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and the Kashmir earthquake.

  • Map International
    Provision of Essential Medicines MAP International - a global leader in supplying clinics and hospitals in developing countries with essential medicines provides more than $230 million in essential supplies each year. High-quality, Federal Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medicines and supplies Conforms to the core principles of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) good drug donation practices. Employed in rapid response to humanitarian emergencies in the U.S. and the world. Leading global pharmaceutical and health supply manufacturers partner with MAP International to improve access to essential medicines and medical supplies in impoverished communities where access is limited. For an overview of programs for essential medicines, please visit the link for International Medical Resources An estimated 25 million people benefit from these partnerships between MAP International and its key corporate medical suppliers. Much of the medical products MAP distributes are donated by these generous companies. MAP International also purchases additional supplies to better meet identified needs among the clinics and hospitals serving the world’s poor. MAP International works with dozens of select partner agencies each year to extend its reach around the globe. Chosen partners include reputable organizations such as CARE, Children International, Christian Aid Ministries, CURE International, International Medical Corps, Partners In Health, Salvadoran American Humanitarian Foundation and World Vision

Travel/Leisure Information
  • Diversion Magazine
    Diversions website an interesting web site and magazine combining physician travel and leisure with interesting and rewarding medical volunteer opportunities. Many interesting articles on how to combine the two. Particularly worthwhile for retired or part-time physicians wishing to travel and help people at the same time.

  • AMSA - Travel Advice: Getting There and Back Alive
    Excellent resource for overseas travelers with excellent information regarding a variety of tips to stay safe and get back as you left.

  • International Health- Preparing For Your Trip: Travel Medicine
    American Medical Student site giving advice for overseas travel.

  • WHO International Travel and Health
    Superb link provided by the World Health Organization intended to provide knowledge to travelers regarding disease exposure precautions and the full range or health risks that are likely to be encountered at specific destinations and associated with different types of travel. Excellent country specific information regarding recommended vaccinations, protection against insects and other disease vectors, or safety in different environmental settings.

Useful Information on Anatomy, Pathology and Physiology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
    Information about the human body and its functions.

  • Diseases, Disorders & Syndromes
    Pathological conditions of a part of an organism resulting from causes such as infection, genetic defect, or environmental stress, and characterized by an identifiable group of signs or symptoms.

Useful Information on Local Diseases, Health Care, Immunizations
  • Center for Disease Control
    Centers for disease control has useful travel related and region specific information. Including resources for disease prevention/immunization schedules and local outbreaks. They provide downloadable health information for international travelers. Excellent and well organized travel resource.

  • HealthAtoZ
    A hierarchical subject guide to Internet resources in health and medicine, including Web sites, mailing lists, and newsgroups. All entries contain abstracts, and some are rated. Searchable. There's also free access to the Medline article database.

  • Immunization Info
    "NNii's mission is to provide the best possible science-based information to everyone who needs to know the facts about immunization. NNii believes that immunization is one of the most important ways to protect against serious infectious diseases." Immunization information, daily immunization-related news, resources for parents, and searchable database of diseases and their vaccines.

  • Mayo Clinic Health Oasis
    Health information from the famed Mayo Clinic. Includes centers for allergy and asthma, alzheimer's, cancer, children, heart, medicine, men, nutrition, and women. There's also a library of articles and features that allow users to ask questions of a Mayo physician or Mayo dietician and view previous questions and answers.

  • Medscape
    "Medscape is the leading interactive, multi-specialty, commercial Web service for clinicians and consumers. Medscape pools information from clinical journals, medical news providers, medical education programs, and material created expressly for Medscape." This site was recommended by Consumer Reports for offering valuable medical information online. This searchable site provides news articles, articles of interest to each speciality, access to a number of online journals, online patient information brochures, and extensive information aimed at clinicians. Library services include MEDLINE access, a medical dictionary, clinical tips, practice guidelines from the CDC, and a drug search database that provides dosage, indications and interactions for over-the-counter and prescription medications

  • National Institutes of Health
    "The NIH mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. NIH works toward that mission by: conducting research in its own laboratories; supporting the research of non-Federal scientists in universities, medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions throughout the country and abroad; helping in the training of research investigators; and fostering communication of biomedical information." This site contains health information resources for the general public and for the workplace, news and events, and funding information.

  • National Library of Medicine
    The NLM is the world's largest biomedical library. This website provides information about all of its major programs, including medical research, medical history, biotechnology, and HIV/AIDS resources. A wide variety of medical information is available for both professionals and consumers, including access to databases (e.g. MEDLINE and GenBank), fact sheets and newsletters, and toxicology and environmental health information. Searchable.

    "NUTRITION.GOV, a new federal resource, provides easy access to all online federal government information on nutrition. This national resource makes obtaining government information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety, easily accessible in one place for many Americans. The website also links to information about nutrition and food assistance programs such as the Food Stamp Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, and the School Lunch and Breakfast programs and to federally supported research, reports, and brochures as well as funding opportunities in the federal government. Users can find information on the food guide pyramid, the dietary guidelines for Americans, dietary supplements, fitness and how to keep food safe."

  • PubMed
    "PubMed provides access to bibliographic information which includes MEDLINE as well as additional life science journals. MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) premier bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences.

Useful Information on Local Government/State Department Issues
  • Embassy Info
    Useful information on foreign embassies.

  • US State Department
    Excellent US State Department site with useful information on overseas travel. List of travel warnings, passport information, links to foreign embassies and other relevant information.

  • Disaster Reports
    Reports on civil and natural disasters (other than in the U.S.), chronologically arranged. Current reports are available as well as an archive of report from the last few years

  • U.S. Department of State Background Notes
    Background notes is an official United States Government publication which profiles countries and organizations of the world. Each entry generally include the following on each country: Profile, People, Government, Economy, History, Political Conditions, Economy, Foreign relations, Principal U.S. Officials "Background Notes provide information on geographic entities and international organizations and are updated periodically. Geographic Regions:

Volunteer Organizations
  • Global Volunteers Network
    Our vision is to support the work of local community organizations in developing countries through the placement of international volunteers. We have volunteer opportunities available in many countries. Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational and community aid programs. You can be involved in areas such as teaching English, environmental awareness, health and sanitation issues, working with disabled children and a home stay program.

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