Overseas Volunteer / Employment

  • Canadian Society for International Health - Operates a database of international health expertise for those wanting work overseas and for potential employers. Includes registry for professionals seeking employment and volunteer opportunities in health and development. Lists international internships in health related fields.
  • International Medical Volunteers Association - The International Medical Volunteers Association (IMVA) is a non-profit organisation that promotes, facilitates, and supports voluntary medical activity. Provides information about volunteer opportunities and offers practical advice on how to find compatible assignments.
  • American Medical Student Association - Good links in global and public health. This site maintains an excellent directory of overseas medical student fellowships, electives, and volunteer opportunities. Although it is intended for US students, many of these opportunities are also available to Canadians.
  • Work the World organize elective placements and projects overseas for medical students, nurses, midwives, dentists and physiotherapists. They work with you to design a placement that matches your interests.
  • IdeaList - Operates a database of thousands of volunteer opportunities in the USA,Canada, and around the world, and a list of organisations that can help you volunteer abroad.

Student organisations

  • American Medical Student Association - Good links in global and public health. This site maintains an excellent directory of overseas medical student fellowships, electives, and volunteer opportunities. Although it is intended for US students, many of these opportunities are also available to Canadians.
  • International Medical Volunteers Association - the IMVA is a non-profit organisation that promotes, facilitates, and supports voluntary medical activity.

Overseas Electives

The International Workbook Guide for Students and Residents - A project by the Ottawa Student Health Initiative and the Centre for International Health and Development at the University of Ottawa. This excellent workbook helps you plan and prepare for international projects and electives. Topics include general info on preparing for your international elective, fundraising your trip, preparing for culture shock and expectations in developing countries. To order contact Dr. Kevin Chan at KevinJChan@aol.com

Tropical Medicine Training

Public Health / Tropical Medicine / Epidemiology sites

  • American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene - The ASTMH is the principal organisation in the United States representing scientists, clinicians and others with interests in the prevention and control of tropical diseases through research and education. This site contains further links to other tropical medicine sites, and to disease-specific information.
  • Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene - The RSTMH is a UK based organisation whose website contains further links to other tropical medicine websites and to disease-specific information.
  • Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) - Operates a database of international health expertise for those wanting work overseas and for potential employers. Includes registry for professionals seeking employment and volunteer opportunities in health and development. Lists international internships in health related fields.
  • Centre for International Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto - Holds regular seminars on international health issues.
  • Centre for International Health, McMaster University (Hamilton) - Provides sections on: academic and outreach programs; student IH activities; international fellowship program; and links to other websites. Descriptions of their war and health program.
  • Department of Epidemiology, University of California (San Francisco) - This site has links to all major national and international public health organisations.
  • Global Medicine Network - This site was created to establish personal and professional contacts among individuals and organizations working in international health and global medicine. It is funded by the Massachusetts Medical Society, publishers of the New England Journal of Medicine.
  • World Health Organisation (WHO) - This site provides extensive information, data and links on international public health issues. The site also provides information on WHO projects and stories that examine the relationship between humanitarian and health care issues. Contains extensive disease specific information.
  • Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) - Regional Office for the Americas, WHO.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • U.S. CDC - Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit

Humanitarian / NGO / UN bodies

  • Relief Web - sponsored by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. This website maintains a directory and links to further humanitarian organisations.
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - The IFRC is the world's largest humanitarian organisation. International Federation's activities include: promoting humanitarian principles and values; disaster response; disaster preparedness; and health and care in the community.
  • International Committee of the Red Cross - Directs and co-ordinates international reliefs activities as well as promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.
  • United Nations High Commision for Refugees - UNHCR is the UN agency charged with protecting refugees and resolving refugee-related issues worldwide.
  • UNICEF - supports humanitarian interventions to help meet emergency needs of children and women in crisis areas around the world.
  • CARE Canada - An operational member of the CARE International network, supporting and implementing development projects and relief efforts around the world.
  • Oxfam International - Oxfam International is a confederation of 12 organizations working together in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice.
  • Physicians for Global Survival - a physician-led organization which, out of concern for global health, is committed to the abolition of nuclear weapons, the prevention of war, the promotion of non-violent means of conflict resolution and social justice in a sustainable world.

Journals

Interesting Reads

"Humanitarian Crises: The Medical and Public Health Response"

by Jennifer Leaning, Susan M. Briggs and Lincoln C. Chen

"Do No Harm: How Aid Can Support Peace or War"

by Mary B. Anderson

"Condemned to Repeat: The Paradox of Humanitarian Action"

by Fiona Terr

"Rising from the Ashes: Development Strategies in Times of Disaster"

by Mary B. Anderson

"Lords of Poverty: The Power, Prestige and Corruption of the International Aid Business"

by Graham Hancock

"Handbook on War and Public Health"

by the International Committee of the Red Cross

"The Public Health Consequences of Disasters"

by Eric Noji

"Health and Human Rights: A Reader"

by Jonathan M. Mann

"War and Public Health, Updated Edition"

by Barry S. Levy

"Hard Choices: Moral Dilemmas in Humanitarian Intervention"

by Jonathon Moore

"Compassion Fatigue: How the Media Sell Disease, Famine, War and Death"

by Susan D. Moeller

"Famine Crimes; Politics and the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa"

by Alex de Waal

"The Canadian Guide to Working and Living Overseas"

by Jean-Marc Hachey - An excellent reference book for people with none to extensive overseas experience.

"Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health"

by Laurie Garrett

"The Ingenuity Gap"

by Thomas Homer-Dixon

"The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law "

by FranÁoise Bouchet-Saulnier (English / FranÁais)

´Le droit d'ingÉrence: mutation de l'ordre internationalª

par Mario Bettati

´Le devoir d'ingÉrenceª

par Mario Bettati et Bernard Kouchner

´L'action humanitaire: un exposÉ pour comprendre, un essai pour rÉflÉchirª

par Rony Brauman.

´Le crime humanitaire: Somalieª

par Rony Brauman.

´Devant le mal. Rwanda: un gÉnocide en directª

par Rony Brauman.

´L'humanitaire impossible ou deux siÉcles d'ambiguÉtɪ

par Alain Destexhe

´Les prÉdateurs de l'action humanitaireª

par Xavier Emmanuelli

´Le Malheur des Autresª

par Bernard Kouchner

´Un monde d'ingÉrenceª

par Philippe Moreau Defarges

´L'aventure humanitaireª

par Jean-Christophe Rufin

´Le piÉge humanitaireª

par Jean-Christophe Rufin

´Le piÉge. Quand l'action humanitaire remplace la guerreª

par Jean-Christophe Rufin

´French Doctors: L'ÉpopÉe des hommes et des femmes qui ont inventÉ la mÉdecine humanitaireª

par Olivier Weber