The American International Health Alliance (AIHA), in cooperation with Friends and Partners, a key networking website for the former Soviet Union, provides a Multilingual Document Library (http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/partners/health/english/health/transmat/), a directory of over 400 health-related materials that have been translated into languages of the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe. Copies of documents may be requested from organizations listed. Available documents may be searched by language or subject. Other resources and links provided by AIHA are available at http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/partners/health/english/health/.
The Central and Eastern Europe Medical Resource Center of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (http://medhead.uchsc.edu/europe/) provides links to medical organizations, including clinics, hospitals, universities, and institutes; and to medical news and literature concerning or from the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe.
Narodni lekarska knihovna [National Medical Library] (http://www.nlk.anet.cz/), the principal information and library center in the field of medical sciences and public health in the Czech Republic, provides up-to-date information and resources in both Czech and English.
Audiocassettes of the November 1997 Consultation on Christian Medical, Dental, and Health Ministries in the Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe are available through the Institute for East-West Christian Studies (IEWCS). For ordering information, contact the IEWCS or see http://www.wheaton.edu/bgc/iewcs/medorder.htm.
Drs. Rex and Jeanne Blumhagen, West Chicago, IL, have provided drafts of seven unpublished health reports on Kyrgyzia and Tajikistan, procured during their travels in post-Soviet Central Asia. For titles and ordering information, contact the Institute for East-West Christian Studies, or consult http://www.wheaton.edu/bgc/iewcs/medorder.htm.
Founded in 1990, the Center for Communications, Health, and Environment (CECHE) (http://www.igc.org/ceche/) publishes the Monitor, a periodical for professionals, the public, and policymakers addressing environmental and health issues in the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe. CECHE also distributes an electronic bulletin, The Global Health and Environmental Bulletin via e-mail. See East-West Church & Ministry Report 5 (Fall, 1998), 12. For more information on these excellent resources, contact CECHE, 3333 K St., NW, Suite 110, Washington, DC 20007; tel: 202-965-5990; fax: 202-965-5996; e-mail: CECHE@igc.org. Both periodicals are free of charge.
"Sources of Money for Russia from Non-profit Sources Specifically for Medical and Health Oriented Projects" (1995) by Dr. Pyotr Johannevich van de Waal-Palms (http://members.aa.net/~russia/texts/pd86.html) contains descriptions and contact information for 32 organizations, many of which are Christian.
The Institute of Human Health, Saint Petersburg, hosts Medport (http://www.medport.ru/), a Russian- and English-language web server providing a plethora of resources for medical professionals. Another web server, Dental (http://www.dental.ru/), provides similar resources for dental professionals in Russian only.
The U.S. Institute of Medicine, in collaboration with the National Resource Council, published The Impact of War on Child Health in the Countries of the Former Yugoslavia (Washington: National Academy Press, 1995). This 1994 report is available in its entirety on the internet at http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/impactwar/. Issues addressed include: epidemiology, primary health care, preventive medicine, infant and child mortality, trauma, acute and chronic illnesses, mental health, and child protection. Workshop participants were doctors from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia, as well as senior U.S. and European pediatricians.
Eberhard R. Wenzel, Griffith University School of Public Health, Brisbane, Australia, provides a WWW Virtual Library of Public Health (http://www.ldb.org/vl/geo/europe/), with comprehensive coverage of relevant public health resources on the internet. For each European country (and most countries worldwide), links are provided to government organizations, schools, national public health associations, public health education and research facilities, private health organizations, and statistical data.
In 1997 Newsday (www.newsday.com) published a graphic nine-day series by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Laurie Garrett on the collapse of public health in the former Soviet Union. Articles are available at http://www.newsday.com/news/russpak/mainday9.htm.
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