New website for global health data

Une nouvelle ressource accessible sur le Net facilite l'accès aux données mondiales de santé.

17 January 2006

GlobalHealthFacts.org is a new and freely accessible website with the latest country and region-specific data on high-profile diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other key health indicators. It was launched by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit, private operating foundation focused on health care issues.

The website is designed for ease of use and flexibility. The data is displayed in tables, charts, and colour-coded maps and can be downloaded for custom analyses.

The website helps sort and present data to answer such questions as:

  • Which nations have the greatest number of people living with
  • How many children orphaned by AIDS live in Uganda compared to Nigeria?
  • Where are the regional "hot spots" for new TB cases?
  • Which countries in Asia have the largest number of malaria cases?
  • Where are other diseases, like yellow fever, SARS, and avian flu
  • Which countries receive grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria?

The site provides access to detailed information on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, as well as data on demographic and economic indicators, other emerging health problems and program funding, and financing. New and updated data will be added regularly, and users can sign up for free email alerts at: www.GlobalHealthReporting.org/email.

Organizations are encouraged to link to GlobalHealthFacts.org. Linking information, including an interactive map that other websites are free to use, is available at http://www.globalhealthfacts.org/linktous.jsp .

"With increasing attention to global health issues, it's essential that discussion of these issues be based on reliable facts and information," said Kaiser President and CEO Drew Altman. "With GlobalHealthFacts.org, we hope to make data on critical issues like AIDS, TB, and malaria more easily and broadly accessible."

GlobalHealthFacts.org is a companion site to GlobalHealthReporting.org, which provides news summaries, webcasts, background information, and tools for journalists on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. GlobalHealthReporting.org is also operated by Kaiser, with major support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


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