Global health resources

Many of the databases you may be used to searching offer comprehensive coverage of health topics, but you may have noticed that much of the research that you retrieve comes from North America and Europe.  If your research focuses on other geographical regions, particularly those of the developing world, you may find some of these links helpful.


Global Health - specialist database relating to global public and environmental health.  Contains unique records with some full text.  A key resource for public health students.

African Index Medicus - international index to African health literature and information sources.  Not full-text.

African Journals Online -  index of articles from African peer-reviewed and scholarly journals.  Some full-text available.

Bioline International - open access peer-reviewed bioscience journals from 16 developing countries.

Developing Countries from BioMed Central - subject based gateways to open access journals published in BioMed Central.

LILACS - index covering scientific and technical literature of Latin America and the Caribbean.

South and Southern Open Access African Journals (Sabinet) - full-text open access journals from South and Southern Africa.

Country profiles

World Bank - the World Bank gives comprehensive country profiles, including a breakdown by health topic.

World Health Organisation Global Health Observatory- provides good data on multiple topics, including health and social care, for many countries.

Marketline - this business database contains Country Analysis Reports which give an up-to-date overview of a country's political, economic, social and technological profile (PEST insights).  Click on the Browse tab and then click Countries.

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