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Web sites come and go - and new sites arrive daily. Most of sites listed below are stable and should remain operational for the foreseeable future. This list of links and the other material on the Refugee Health site is the basis of a publication: Refugee Health: A Manual for Care. The manual is available from the Vietnamese Mutual Assistance Association (VMAA). The manual is a collaborative effort of the Texas Department of Health (, VMAA, and the authors. Please send new links or other information or comments to Last update 10/2001.


Cultural Issues in Healthcare Cultural Profiles Project - Overviews of many countries and cultures. Straightforward and easy to understand and navigate. Ethnomed - Excellent site from Washington University + covers several cultures, detailed discussions, materials in several languages A site similar to the one on which this manual is based. More populations are covered. Excellent work from our friends in Australia! Now there is more, including info on Muslim pts: and links: EatEthnic has information on cultural and religious issues related to nutrition. They will also respond to questions via email. Its also an enjoyable site. Good work from knowledgeable people. CultureMed has information on refugee populations + many links Minnesota Department of Health site with variety of information, including brochures in several languages Transcultural and Multicultual Health Links covers most of the transcultural sites. Newer site - general orientation

Other Health Related Sites PubMed: To me, the easiest, most comprehensive data base with abstracts of articles Grateful Med: Easy to use data base with abstracts of articles World Health Organization site Centers for Disease Control - links to Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (a vital resource for communicable and other diseases)+ up-to-date information on health issues. Baylor's links to searching medical and nursing literature: Very useful with many means of finding data. You won't need any more than this. Oxfam's site Medicine and Global Survival - a large site with focus on justice and related issues as they apply to health Census Lookup - 1990 Census data More government statistics - from 70 agencies US Department of Health and Human Services home page: From here you can access the Office of Minority Health, Public Health Service, Refugee Health, etc. Healthfinder: Extensive site - diseases, treatments, etc. Library of Congress site - has extensive "Country Studies" CIA World Factbook - Excellent source of information on countries of the world

General Refugee & Immigrant Sites The site on which this book (contact Texas Dept of Health for hard copy) - updated regularly Chinese Newcomers Service Center. Many Chinese coming to U.S. without papers or assistance - needing ethical assistance. Nice site! Office of Refugee Resettlement. Updates, funding, programs, and much more. They helped fund this site. Thank You! American Refugee Committee Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Refugee Voices Refugee Web Immigration & Refugee Services of America Journal of Refugee Studies (abstracts of articles) Refugee Survey Quarterly (very brief abstracts of articles). Primarily of interest to people in refugee administration. U.S. State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration UNHCR ICRC International updates, maps, jobs, links - Go there Christian Relief Services U.S. Committee for Refugees home page United Methodist Committee on Relief + links Information on immigration to U.S.
US Indochina Reconciliation Project (USIRP). Newsletter, job postings, resources related to Southeast Asia. Good idea to be on their mailing list. Print better than web. Country by country reports on freedom in the world. Also see Freedom House report on freedom of the press.
Translations of Health Materials Australian site with information on TB. Immunization Action Coalition site.


Torture and Related
Survivors International: Highly recommended. Gives specific information on torture and treatment of victims.
RAINN: is a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week national hotline for victims of sexual assault. The toll-free hotline is: 1-800-656-HOPE. The Website has other information.
Thoughtful links and more on sexual assault.
Canadian Center for Victims of torture.
World Organization Against Torture.
Torture Survivors Network.
Physicians for Human Rights.

Asian Refugees and Immigrants Health-Related Sites

General Baylor's site - practical information for health care providers A huge site, excellent resource Asian & Pacific Islander Health Forum - Exactly that Association of Asian Pacific Islander Community Health Organizations

Burmese (Information on Burmese health beliefs and practices requested: Submit papers by mail to Charles Kemp, Baylor University School of Nursing, 3700 Worth Street, Dallas Texas 75246 or Doing the good work on the Burma-Thai border Refugee Care Project for Burmese Free Burma Free Burma Information and links to other sites, including Karen, Shan, Christian, Buddhist, and others - Excellent Information on Burma (and other good work), current situation, health, repression. Thanks to G. Soros Nothing on refugees, but the photographs capture some of the magic of Burma

Cambodian Cambodia Outreach Mission: Mosquito nets, medications, education - a small lovely effort. Make a difference!
Friends Without a Border Children's hospital in Cambodia - a larger lovely effort. Check them out. Make a difference! Cambodian/Khmer Links to sites Angkor Dith Pran Education Site Cambodian Health Resources List: Extensive listing of Khmer language documents. Have a look Cambodian Genocide Project

Chinese: Obviously we need more here! Chinese Newcomers Service Center. Many Chinese coming to U.S. without papers or assistance - needing ethical assistance. Nice site!

Laotian Laotian links Laotian/Lao Health Resources List Hmong links
Tibetan (Please send us more links/resources to add to this section) Good site with links

Vietnamese Vietnamese Health Resource List Vietnamese health education - Good practical site Information, news about Vietnamese in the U.S. and elsewhere Big site with a lot of information and links - check it out Links

Bosnian a home page that gives some background on Bosnia International Bosnian Student Homepage. Includes links
gopher:// Comprehensive gopher site (focus on genocide) in Bosnian and English The Community of Bosnia Foundation ñ an extensive and recommended site. See their list of "Recommended Books on Bosnia" below Physicians for Human rights site. Focuses on genocide and related Some in-depth information on religion in Bosnia More on war crimes and related

Cambodian: See under Asian Refugees above

Cuban Pan American Health Organization - an immensely helpful site I have not completely explored this site, but it looks like a helpful means of exchanging information Tulane's Cuban Studies Institute

Ethiopian and Eritrean Africa Policy Information Center - Information on African nations and issues + links Library of Congress "Country Study" on Ethiopia Eritrean information Ethiopian Embassy Oromo site Site on and for Ethiopian Jews - information and links Connect to Addis Ababa University United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Report Ethnomed on Ethiopian refugees Ethnomed on Eritreans

Haitian Excellent listing of links Haitian art, including Voodoo flags - definitely interesting Excellent site for Voodoo information Haitian links - not all current, but still, worth a look the homepage of LePeristyle Haitian Sanctuary. Much information on African religions from an Afrocentric perspective. Want to get a better feel for Voodoo? Limited collection of Voodoo art News & other information + links to Haitian sites

Iraqi - little available on health except regarding conditions inside Iraq The Iraq Foundation - News and information focusing on human rights and abuses in Iraq United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees country profile + links

Kurdish: Little available on health - much on human rights and from perspective of different factions: I'm right, you're wrong, kill. Encyclopedia of the Orient Kurdish Human Rights Project

Laotian: See under Asian Refugees above

Liberian: Again, little information other than political U.S. Committee for Refugees Report on Liberia A curious page with writing about Kurdish, Liberian, and other refugees Dental health program

Somali U.S. Committee on Refugees report on Somalia + photos News from Africa Report on screening for Somali refugees in Kenya - link back to MMWR Somali site with little on health Ethnomed on Somali refugees. Also Center for International Health and Cooperation - see Somali program A Somali chat room - go there with questions

Sudanese: Most information on internet is political. War! War! War! Encyclopedia of the Orient Sudan Net for and by Sudanese

Vietnamese: See under Asian Refugees above


International & National Relief Agencies
American Friends Service Committee
1501 Cherry St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Telephone: 1-888-588-2372
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
711 Third Avenue 10th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: 1-212-885-0832
American Red Cross International Response Fund
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, DC 20013
Telephone: 1-800-HELP-NOW
Spanish: 1-800-257-7575
American Refugee Committee
2344 Nicollet Ave S. Suite 350
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Telephone: 1-612-872-7060
Baptist World Aid
6733 Curran Street
McLean, VA 22101-3804
Telephone: (703) 790-8980
Brother's Brother Foundation/Nicaragua
1501 Reedsdale St., Suite 3005
Pittsburgh, PA 15233-2341
Telephone: (412) 321-3160
151 Ellis Street N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303-2426
Telephone: 1-800-235-7385
Catholic Relief Services
P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, MD 21203-7090
Telephone: 1-800-235-2772
155 Plan Way
Warwich, RI 02886-1099
Telephone: 1-800-556-7918
Christian Children's fund
2821 Emerywood Parkway
P.O. Box 26484
Richmond, VA 23261-6484
Telephone: 1-800-776-6767
Church World Service
28606 Phillips Street
P.O. Box 968
Elkhart, Indiana 46515
Telephone: 1-800-297-1516, Ext. 222
Doctors Without Borders
6 East 39th Street., 8th
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: 1-888-312-0392
Feed the Children
Box 36
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
Telephone: 1-800-328-2122
Food for the Hungry International
7729 E. Greenway Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Telephone: 1-800-2-HUNGER
International Medical Corps
11500 W. Olympic Blvd. Suite 506
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Telephone: 1-800-481-4462
International Orthodox Christian Charities
Box 630225
Baltimore, MD 21263
Telephone: 1-410-243-9820
International Rescue Committee
122 E. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10168
Telephone: 877-REFUGEE
Lutheran World Relief
Church Street Station
P.O. Box 6186
New York, NY 10277-1738
Telephone: 1-800-597-5972
Map International
2200 Glynco Parkway
P.O. Box 215000
Brunswick, GA 31521-5000
Telephone: 1-800-225-8550
Mercy Corps International
3030 S.W. First Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
Telephone: (503) 796-6827
Oxfam America
Central America Relief Fund
26 West Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
Telephone: 1-800-77OXFAM
Partners of the Americas
1424 K Street NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Telephone: (202) 628-3300
Salvation Army World Service Office
615 Slaters Lane
Alexandria, VA 22313
Telephone (703) 684-5528
Save the Children
Hurricane Mitch Emergency Appeal
P.O. Box 975-M
54 Wilton Road
Westport, Connecticut 06880
Telephone: 1-800-243-5075
Texas Baptist Men - Disaster Relief
Baptist General Convention of Texas
333 N. Washington
Dallas, TX 75246
(214) 828-5100
U.J.A. Federations of North America
111 Eighth Ave. Suite 11E
New York, NY 10011-5201
Telephone: 1-212-566-8610
United Methodist Committee on Relief
475 Riverside Drive, Room 330
New York, NY 10115
Telephone: (212) 870-3816
World Concern
19303 Fremont Ave. North
Seattle, Wash. 98133
Telephone: (800) 755-5022
World Relief
P.O. Box WRC
Department 3
Wheaton, Illinois 60189
Telephone: 1-800-535-5433
World Vision
P.O. Box 9716
Federal Way, Washington 98063-9716
Telephone: 1-888-511-6565

Infectious Diseases: Links (Many from American Journal of Public Health - We have not yet tested all these links. Special thanks to De-De Henson at Baylor. Check out our Infectious Diseases site. Its the Coolest! Catalina rating.

Infectious Disease Web Link:
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases:
Stanford Center for Tuberculosis Research:
Global TB network:
World Health Organization Communicable/Infectious Diseases:
World Health Organization Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response:

International Health

Academy for International Health Studies:
Canadian Society for International Health:
Center for International Health Information:
Global Health Council:
Pan American Health Organization:
Peace Corps:
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM):
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
United States Agency for International Development (USAID):

Public Health

American Public Health Association and American Journal of Public Health:

Reproductive Health

AVSC International (Reproductive Services):
Family Health International:
Global Reproductive Health Forum:
United Nations Population Fund: United Nations Population Information Network (POPIN):


African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania:

Middle East

Middle East Information Network:
Middle East/North Africa Internet Resource Guide:


Pacific Islands Internet Resources:

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