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Paul Farmer with a boy

Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health, talks about getting involved




The web is full of ideas for getting involved in global health. Use the links below to find out what you can do to help. If you don't find what you are looking for here, search the web using combinations of relevant words, such as global / HIV / youth / hunger / change / action / health to find out more.

  1. UNICEF USA: UNICEF’s work in advocacy, community building, fundraising, and public engagement.
  2. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent: An online learning environment with certified professional courses, global health research programs, and tools for humanitarian education.
  3. American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP): Ways to start engaging with global health.
  4. Hesperian Health Guides: Become a translation partner to help provide worldwide multilingual trusted health information to all.
  5. American Medical Student Association: A guide to grassroots action – a social change toolkit.
  6. Oxfam UK: Toolkits and guides to build successful campaigns for social change, social justice, and global health and education.

List of Global Health Organizations

Visit these organizations online to learn more about various global health projects. Some are featured in the Against the Odds exhibition, others are provided as examples of global health initiatives around the world. These organizations offer rich resources on diverse global health issues and their impact on communities, how you can get involved, what educational and career opportunities are available, and more.



Birn, Anne-Emanuelle, Yogan Pillay, and Timothy H. Holtz. Textbook of International Health: Global Health in a Dynamic World (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).

Farmer, Paul. Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor (California: University of California Press, 2004z).

Mann, Jonathan M., Sofia Gruskin, Michael A. Grodin, George J. Annas (eds.). Health and Human Rights: A Reader (London: Routledge, 1999).

Community Health

Babb, Steve, Bill Rodriquez, David Sanders, David Werner, and Jason Weston. Questioning the Solution: The Politics of Primary Health Care and Child Survival (Palo Alto, CA: Health Wrights, 1997).

Hiller, S.M. and J.A. Jewell. Health Care and Traditional Medicine in China, 1800-1982. (London: Routledge & Keagan Paul, 1983).

Taylor, Daniel and Carl E. Taylor. Just and Lasting Change: When Communities Own Their Futures (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002).

Food for Life

Branford, Sue and Jan Rocha. Cutting the Wire: The Story of the Landless Movement in Brazil (London: Latin American Bureau, 2002).

Lappé, Frances Moore, Joseph Collins and Peter Rosset, with Luis Esparza. World Hunger: 12 Myths (Grove/Atlantic and Food First Books, 1998).

Physicians for Human Rights. Hungry at Home: A Study of Food Insecurity and Hunger among Legal Immigrants in the United States (Boston: Physicians for Human Rights, 2000).

Action on AIDS

Crimp, Douglas. AIDS Demo Graphics (Seattle: Bay Press, 1990).

D'Agnes, Thomas, From Condoms to Cabbages: An Authorized Biography of Mechai Viravaidya (Thailand: Post Books, 2001).

Gostin, Lawrence. The AIDS Pandemic, Complacency, Injustice and Unfulfilled Expectations (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2004).

Jones, Cleve and Jeff Dawson. Stitching a Revolution: The Making of an Activist. (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2001).

The Legacy of War

Arnson, Cynthia J. ed. Comparative Peace Processes in Latin America. (Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1999).

Ashford, Mary-Wynne with Guy Dauncey. Enough Blood Shed - 101 Solutions to Violence, Terror and War (Canada: New Society Publishers, 2006).

Levy, Barry S. and Victor W. Sidel (eds.). War and Public Health (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007).

Preventing Disease

Cueto, Marcos. The Value of Health: A History of the Pan American Health Organization (Washington, DC: Pan American Health Organization, 2007)

Global Collaboration

Levine, Ruth, and the What Works Working Group with Molly Kinder. Millions Saved - Proven Successes in Global Health (Washington, DC: Center for Global Development, 2004).