Digital libraries available online:
WHO Medicines Documentation
The vision of WHO''s Department of Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies is that people everywhere have access to the essential medicines they need. The medicines should be available within the context of functioning health systems at all times in adequate amounts, in the appropriate dosage forms, with assured quality, safety and efficacy and adequate information, and at a price the individual and the community can afford.
The Department''s online library contains 1209 medicines-related publications, primarily technical information materials.
WHO Influenza Training Library
This library constitutes of influenza related training material and technical background documents to provide easy access to these materials and ensure that the latest developments in knowledge are used. This material is regularly updated through peer-review to ensure that changes resulting from the experiences gained using the material as well as changes due to the development of knowledge of influenza are incorporated in a more timely and efficient manner.
WHO Health Systems Library
The WHO Health Systems Library contains a selection of recent publications on key issues relating to health systems and services: human resources for health; essential medicines and health technologies; financing; governance and service delivery, as well as primary health care.
WHO International Pharmacopoeia
The International Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Int.) constitutes a collection of recommended procedures for analysis and specifications for the determination of pharmaceutical substances, excipients, and dosage forms that is intended to serve as source material for reference or adaptation by any WHO Member State wishing to establish pharmaceutical requirements.
This Library contains the complete text of the Fourth Edition of The International Pharmacopoeia comprising Volumes 1 and 2, published in 2006, as amended and augmented by the text of the First Supplement, published in 2008.
IDP Key Resources
IDP Key Resources is a user-friendly information tool, on topics like Camp Management, E-Shelter and Protection, enabling the user to search the collection by particular words, by subject, by title or by organization.
Digital library CD-ROMs:
This CD-ROM contains supporting documents for the EDUCAIDS Resource Pack including: technical briefs, overviews of practical resources as well as the original documents; and the EDUCAIDS framework for supporting comprehensive education sector responses to HIV and AIDS.
This CD-ROM offers an overview of all recommendations, norms and standards developed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe – Committee on Trade (UNECE), together with the related information. Whether you are in public or in the private sector, the academia, or if you are interested in international trade and trade-facilitation, you will find a great deal of valuable information in this CD-ROM Library.
UNHCR Digital Library
UNHCR has issued this library as the most comprehensive, reliable and updated refugee information resource available anywhere. It contains documents ranging from background country reports to operational guidelines, human resources and statistics.
This user-friendly information tool contains over 2800 full-text searchable documents, useful for UNHCR staff on mission, Field Offices that do not have access to a live internet connection, and other designated humanitarian operators.
Intellectual Property Management in Health and Agricultural Innovation - A Handbook of Best Practices
This CD-ROM offers up-to-date information and strategies for utilizing the power of intellectual property and the public domain, focusing on the practical side of the subject. The content is especially relevant to those managing public research endeavours and public-private partnerships.
It will assist the public sector in particular to put intellectual property to work for the greater public good.
Global Forum Publications 1999-2008
The Global Forum for Health Research aims to increase the roles of research and innovation in improving health and health equity by prioritizing research for health and promoting the closure of research gaps through appropriate funding; increasing coordination and coherence among the increasing number of health actors; expanding the use of evidence in policy-making for health.
For achieving these objectives, this Global Forum for Health Research CD-ROM contains sound, reliable and impartial evidence and practical tools to decision-makers in research, funding and policy with the aim to enhance health and health equity.
WHO Drug Information
This CD-ROM digital library contains the WHO Drug Information periodicals series, which consists of an overview of topics relating to medicines development and regulation targeted to a wide audience of health professionals and policy makers. It presents a range of perspective on how current challenges impact the manufacture, prescribing and access of medicines throughout the world and introduces newly-released guidance documents.
WHO Regulatory Package
Different models for medicines regulation exist across the world, and in many countries medicines regulatory procedures are still ineffective, due to chronic shortages of human and technical resources.
The WHO Regulatory Package is a collection of tools aimed at supporting the work and decision making processes of National Medicines Regulatory Authorities (NMRAs).
Water Sanitation and Health
The CD-ROM is intended to assist all those interested in water, sanitation and health by providing them with comprehensive up-to-date information. Users include public health specialists, scientists, policy makers, practitioners, academics, non-governmental organizations in developing and developed countries.
The electronic library includes 248 new and current publications. The documents provide information on water supply and sanitation, recreational/bathing waters, achieving the Millennium Development Goals on water, sanitation and hygiene, drinking-water quality, water resources management and health-care waste.
UNESCO Library of HIV/AIDS Materials
While important progress has been made over the past three decades to prevent new infections and to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV, a scaled-up and sustained response is required. Responses must keep pace by being informed by available evidence and approaches, based on widespread consultation with key stakeholders, and undertaken through strategic alliances and partnerships at all levels.
This digital library offers a variety of learning and training materials on HIV/AIDS in order to disseminate information about AIDS epidemic, which has proven to be one of the greatest threats to global stability.
UNESCO Secondary Education – French version
La «Bibliothèque Virtuelle de l''Enseignement Secondaire Interagences 1.0» est une collection virtuelle sur l''enseignement secondaire disponible gratuitement pour tous les planificateurs, responsables de politiques, chercheurs et praticiens autour du monde. L’objectif de cette bibliothèque virtuelle est d’offrir les documents les plus pertinents en texte intégral appartenant à l''UNESCO, aux autres agences de l''ONU, aux agences gouvernementales, aux ONG et institutions de recherche: plus de 380 documents et de 40.500 pages. La bibliothèque virtuelle multidisciplinaire offre la possibilité de copier et de multiplier le contenu du CD, en d’autres termes un CD envoyé à une institution peut être copié gratuitement sur tous les ordinateurs, pour stimuler la création des versions locales dans différents pays en utilisant le logiciel open source.
WHO Training Modules on GMP
This CD-ROM contains training modules on basic good manufacturing practices (GMP) such as material on general GMP for premises, equipment, materials, documentation, personnel, validation and other aspects of quality assurance. It also contains supplementary training material covering validation, water systems and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as the electronic version of the publication Quality assurance of pharmaceuticals: a compendium of guidelines and related materials, volume 2, second updated edition.
A training video showing the practical aspects of inspection and manufacturing, and demonstrating why these aspects are important is also included.
This package which has been entirely updated will be invaluable for those working towards the quality assurance of pharmaceuticals, both in the academic and private sectors.
Medicines Policy Documents from Selected African Countries
This CD-ROM aims to provide a useful information resource to assist and guide policy makers, administrators and implementing organizations, including the private sector and Nongovernmental Organizations, involved with the pharmaceutical sector in each country. The selection also allows for cross comparison of medicines policies and guidelines between countries.
It contains the following categories of medicines policy documents from 11 African countries: Antiretroviral Therapy Guidelines; Assessment of Country Pharmaceutical Sector Reports; Drug Formularies; Essential Medicines Lists; National Drug Policies; National Pharmaceutical Master Plans; and Standard Treatment Guidelines.
IHF Tuberculosis Manual Toolkit
The objective of the Tuberculosis Manual Toolkit is to prepare its target audiences to take decisions in support of action in terms of therapies and drugs to treat TB and MDR-TB. It consists of 4 sessions with in total 19 Topics, comprising 515 slides, presented in a productive learning environment while maximizing natural learning and information retention. This requires the materials to be presented in small bits, fitting like a slide on one page. The lessons have been formatted and illustrated with images in order to enforce the rational and intuitive learning of the content.
Resource Mobilization Guidelines
This toolkit CD-ROM is a quick and simple guide to securing financial and other support from different sources. It is organized as nine lessons, each of which covers a different aspect of resource mobilization.
Training / e-learning platforms:
UNESCO Open Training Platform (OTP)
The objective behind this platform is to empower trainers or/and trainees with free resources, offer them a structured collaborative space to share their training but also to promote and value the "open" training materials, which are freely and openly accessible for trainers and self-learners to use and re-use for non commercial purposes such as teaching, learning and research.