The other AWN advice page on health relates addressing the immediate, basic health needs of an affected population in a crisis situation. In contrast, the AWN advice page you are reading now focuses on where to find useful information and guidance in addressing health issues on an ongoing basis, in development-related initiatives, including building local capacity to provide health-related services. As with other advice pages, it is not an attempt to provide comprehensive information; rather, it's an effort to get aid workers pointed in the right direction for further resources and exploration on the subject.


MSF's "Essential Drugs" is a comprehensive guide to drugs used in humanitarian situations.  The web address is as above. 

The International Dispensary Association (IDA) is the world's largest non-profit drug supplier for developing countries. See their website for a list of essential drugs supplied by IDA and information on how to order them:


Further Advice

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published a wide range of specialist guides. The WHO website is at, where there is a Publications link.

UNICEF publishes a range of health publications. The publications section of the UNICEF website is at

The Reproductive Health Response in Conflict Consortium provides some helpful technical resources and links at

RedR-International Health Exchange (RedR/IHE) advertises jobs monthly and brings out a quarterly publication, "The Health Exchange": see


A guide to management in primary health care

WHO has published a guide to management in primary health care called On Being in Charge.

Also see Preventing Malaria by AWN member Ted Lankester.

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