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Fall 1998, Issue #68


New Resources on the Web

The Scout Report has established a metasite for topics and web-mounted technical papers in the Social Sciences: http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/scout/report/socsci/metapage/index.html

American Refugee Committee ARC
2344 Nicollet Avenue South, Suite 350, Minneapolis, MN 55404 United States. Tel: (612)872-7060 /Fax: (612) 872-4309 /E-mail: pr@archq.org
The American Refugee Committee (ARC) is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, humanitarian organization working for the survival, health, and well-being of refugees and displaced persons affected by war. ARC works with uprooted people to help them rebuild productive lives of dignity, purpose and self-sufficiency while always striving to respect their cultures and values. The web site includes information on ARC programs and field offices, the global refugee crisis, the ARC annual report, a photo gallery, news about ARC. [10/12/98; October 12, 1998. Peggy D'Adamo]

American Social Health Association offers a website specifically targeted towards STDs:
In addition to the National Herpes Hotline, which is privately funded, ASHA operates the National AIDS Hotline, the National STD Hotline and the National Immunization Information Hotline, under contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also operates the FIRST STEP Hotline. Health Check Hotline, and CHOOSE1 Hotline, components of North Carolina's effort to improve the health and development of children in the state.

Australian Bureau of Statistics
Australia's official statistical organization. The demography program produces estimates of the total population by age, sex, country of birth, marital status and geographical distribution; estimates of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population; and estimates of households and the household population. Regular statistics are also produced on the input to these estimates, namely, births, deaths, marriages, divorces, overseas arrivals and departures, and internal migration. Projections of the population according to specified demographic assumptions are published on a regular basis and produced for individual clients. Benchmarks are provided for ABS and other population surveys. In addition to reporting on these statistics, courses on understanding demographic data are conducted and an email newsletter is sent to major clients. E-mailed announcements of new publications, data releases or conferences can be requested from John Paice at: john.paice@abs.gov.au. For example: "The Australian Population Association Conference, 'Population Matters", was held in Brisbane from 29 September - 2 October 1998. For more information see http://www.gisca.adelaide.edu.au/apa/natconf.htm

BASICS Publications Page
The USAID-funded BASICS project has streamlined access to their full-text technical documents which include maternal and child health, gender bias, country-specific child survival topics, immunization studies, monitoring and evaluation, nutrition, and social marketing. [thanks to BASICS webmaster for redesigning their publications page to make access much easier!]

CL&F Software Developed for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Contact: Gerhard K. Heilig, Hohnegasse 4, A-1180, Vienna, Austria. Fax: (+43-1) 470 64 11/E-mail: g.heilig@magnet.at.
This web page is for the support of the DemoGraphics '96 and DemoTables '96 software. The software makes it easy to browse, analyze and present (global) demographic data from the United Nations Population Assessments and Projections (1996 edition). All necessary data are included. Includes order forms,update information, additional help files, and tips & tricks for using the software. Also includes links to hundreds of demographic web sites. [10/12/98; October 12, 1998. Peggy D'Adamo and Anne Ilacqua]

Care: Health and Population: Reproductive Health web site
CARE's reproductive health projects encompass family planning, ante-natal care, labor and delivery services, and the prevention, detection and treatment of STDs and HIV/AIDS. CARE integrates reproductive health efforts with other programs -- including girls education, water and sanitation, micro enterprise and children's health -- to maximize the benefits to communities and households. In 1997, CARE operated 28 reproductive health projects in 22 countries. Project abstracts are listed on this site.

Census Bureau, United States, List of Products and New Stes
All printed reports issued since January 1996 (in pdf format) are accessible at no charge through the Census Bureau's web site at: http://www.census.gov/prod/www/titles.html. A live video broadcast of a recent meeting is featured at: http://www.broadcast.com/news/events/census/. A new DADs site http://www.census.gov/dads/www/ announces American FactFinder, a new data retrieval system that will give "useful facts and information about your community, your economy and your society". The system will find and retrieve the information you need for the geography of your choice from some of the Census Bureau's largest databases. Beginning January 1999, you may interact with the first version of American FactFinder to select data tabulations and maps from the data files available in the system. The HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base is updated twice yearly by the Health Studies Branch, International Programs Center (IPC), Population Division, U.S. Bureau of the Census. The July 1998 version is accessible at: http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/hivaidsn.html. Inquiries may be directed to ipc@census.gov.

"Children & Divorce: A Snapshot" Rodriguez, Hilda and Chandler Arnold --Center for Law and Social Policy

Family PlanNet: Evidence Based Contraception and Family Planning Resources
Dr. Paul O'Brien
Services For Women, Parkside Health NHS Trust, St. Charles Hospital, Exmoor Street, London, W10 6DZ United Kingdom. E-mail: PaulOBrien@care.prestel.co.uk.
This web site is designed to provide easy access to resources that may be of use to providers of evidence based family planning. Here you will find links to resources such as databases, evidence based medicine web sites, the Cochrane Collaboration, email discussion groups, family planning organisations and search strategies for finding evidence for family planning practice. [ 10/12/98; October 12, 1998. Peggy D'Adamo]

Focus on Young Adults (Pathfinder International)
Research, Policy and Program Series: This series of research papers documents current knowledge about young adult reproductive health issues. Each paper presents one program area through which youth can be reached and involved. These areas are: health facilities, outreach programs, media and social marketing campaigns, and school-based programs. The papers illustrate the "best practices" of each type of program, in order to help organizations interested in the design and implementation of reproductive health programs for young people.

Harvard School of Public Health Global Reproductive Health Forum (GRHF)
The GRHF is a clearinghouse Website that provides women around the world with access to critical information about their health and bodies, in addition to serving as an electronic space where women can come together and voice their opinions in the global debate around reproductive health and rights. This site is designed for use by grassroots organizations, activists, researchers, students, government organizations and others interested in the field of reproductive health. The GRHF at supports a number of easily accessible services including: - E-mail discussion groups- Electronic journals- On-line conferences. GRHF provides a free gateway to an extensive archive of on-line information about: - Gender issues- Reproductive rights- HIV/AIDS- Sexually transmitted diseases- Abortion- Maternal health- Contraception- Population and family planning. Unlike most on-line resources, GRHF specifically solicits participation by women, particularly from under served populations and developing countries. GRHF is currently building regional Internet networks by partnering with grassroots women's organizations in South Asia, West Africa and Latin America, to get more women on-line and maximize their use of the Internet. The South Asia project is on-line at: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/Organizations/healthnet/SAsia/forum.html. For more information, contact Ra'eda S. Al-Zu'bi, Project Coordinator, at ralzubi@hsph.harvard.edu. [Orit Halpern, Project Manager, GHF, Harvard School of Public Health]

Health Education Library for People HELP
Om Chambers, 5th floor, Kemps Corner, near the Flyover, Bombay, 400 036 India.
91-22-368 3334 /Fax: 91-22-2150223 /E-mail: helplib@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in

HELP, the Health Education Library for People, is India's first consumer health education resource center. It goal is to empower people by providing them with the information they need to promote their health, and prevent and treat medical problems in the family. On the web site you can search their catalog of over 5,000 books and 10,000 pamphlets, find out everything you want to know about medicine in India, read news, search the site, explore links to other sites. [10/12/98; October 12, 1998. Peggy D'Adamo]

International Social Survey Programme--ISSP
The International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) is an ongoing project that promotes the cross-national collaboration of social science research. Each year, the 29 member countries of the ISSP contribute data from national social science research projects to an international survey. The topic for the international survey changes every year; past topics have included social inequality, role of government, religion, and national identity. This Website provides general information about the program, a list of international surveys from 1985 to 1999, an archive of data sets used by the ISSP, profiles of participating countries, and a bibliography of publications. [AO * Scout Report 20 October 1998]

(NARA)The Center for Electronic Records, (U.S.) National Archives and Records Administration
The Center for Electronic Records, (U.S.) National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has updated the 'Title List: A Preliminary and Partial Listing of the Data Files in the National Archives and Records Administration.' The 'Title List' is current as of September 25, 1998, and has entries for more than 14,000 of the over 100,000 electronic records files in the custody of NARA. The Title List' is available via the NARA homepage with information about the electronic records program and holdings available at http://www.nara.gov/nara/electronic . The direct link to the Title List files is http://www.nara.gov/nara/electronic/tlintro.html. Title List files are also available via FTP. Anonymous FTP (password 'guest') to FTP.CU.NIH.GOV, directory NARA_ELECTRONIC. A READ.ME file on the FTP site provides further information about the 'Title List' and Title List extract files. Note that the full 'Title List' file has 23,246 lines and is approximately 1.5 megabytes in size. [from notice posted by Theodore J. Hull, NARA]

Netlinks from Center for Communications Programs, Media and Materials
It pays to put this site on your bookmarks since Peggy D'Adamo adds to it regularly, easy to search.

ORbits -- Population Council
A new electronic newsletter, distributed via e-mail, with a focus on Operations Research from reproductive health studies. ORbits are disseminated once every three weeks to subscribers to The OR E-Mail Network, a worldwide listserv. in population, family planning, and reproductive health. Send an e-mail to: ngouede@popcouncil.org to receive ORbits. [Nicolas Gouede, Pop Council]

Population Information Networks (POPIN)
Alphabetical, regional, organizational type Worldwide Directory of Population Institutions which is being constantly updated by Susan Pasquariella. Useful for address or rolodex labels.

Population Reference Bureau -- New Items on Web Site

A new web design with searchable interface provides easy access to excerpts from the newest publications, the updated POPNET www.popnet.org/ with it*s clickable world map, a link to the Measureproject, etc. A must population megasite. Thanks Zuali!

UN-I-QUE : United Nations Info Quest
The Dag Hammarskj÷ld Library of the United Nations created this ready reference database to provide easy access to the document symbols and sales numbers of UN serial publications. The database contains information for UN documents published from 1946 to the present. Users may conduct keyword searches using Boolean and proximity operators. Query results are displayed in order of relevance and each record displays information in reverse chronological order. Users should note that this database does not provide full bibliographic information; it is merely a means for locating document identifiers for related and recently-released UN materials. [AO - Scout Report 20 October 1998]]

World Development Report 1998/99: Knowledge for Development
The World Bank has published the twenty-first annual World Development Report, investigating "the role of knowledge in advancing economic and social well-being." The report makes three important suggestions directed to developing countries. First, developing countries are encouraged to institute policies to narrow the gap between the information-poor and the information-rich. Second, governments, NGOs, and the private sector need to collaborate to address the information problems that cause economic and political failure. Third, developing countries are prompted to recognize that knowledge is at the core of all development endeavors. This site provides the full version of the report, a report summary, a slide show, press releases, a Q & A section about the report, and ordering information. [AO Scout Report, Oct. 20, 1998]

HRP OnLine = WHO Website resources/Family and Reproductive Health
In addition to listing materials published by the cooperating agencies, a website form at the bottom the page provides a service to send news about the latest information materials.

Consumer Health Web Site -- MEDLINEplus
39 public library organizations with more than 200 locations in nine states (Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina,Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and the District of Columbia will take part in a pilot project designed to increase public awareness of and access to health information via the Internet. In addition to general health topics, MEDLINEplus provides access to extensive information about 20 specific diseases and conditions ("Health Topics"). The site will be continuously expanded and it is expected to include comprehensive and cutting-edge information on hundreds of diseases and conditions in coming months.

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