Digital libraries available online:

The vision of WHO's Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products Information Portal is that people everywhere have access to the essential medicines they need. The medicines should be available within the context of functioning health systems at all times in adequate amounts, in the appropriate dosage forms, with assured quality, safety and efficacy and adequate information, and at a price the individual and the community can afford.

The Department's online library contains 5293 medicines-related publications, primarily technical information materials.

  • WHO Influenza Training Library

The Influenza Training Digital Library was created in response to a need for a common repository of standardized material involving multiple and diverse international partners involved in the delivery of influenza and pandemic preparedness training. This library provides up-to-date, peer-reviewed and easy accessible influenza-related training material and technical background documents.

The primary target group of the Influenza Training Digital Library are public health workers who are either undergoing self-learning, or trainers looking for references on influenza and relevant topics.

The Influenza Training Digital Library is managed by the Secretariat of the Influenza Training Network

The WHO Health Systems Library contains a selection of recent publications on key issues relating to health systems and services: human resources for health; essential medicines and health technologies; financing; governance and service delivery, as well as primary health care. The latest edition of the library includes the World Health Report 2010: Health Systems Financing: The Path to Universal Coverage.

The International Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Int.) constitutes a collection of recommended procedures for analysis and specifications for the determination of pharmaceutical substances and dosage forms that is intended to serve as source material for reference or adaptation by any WHO Member State wishing to establish pharmaceutical requirements.
This Library is a cumulative version of the Fifth Edition of The International Pharmacopoeia comprising Volumes 1 and 2, published in 2006, the First Supplement, published in 2008, as amended and augmented by the text of the Second Supplement published in 2011.

Digital library CD-ROMs:

  • WHO Health Technologies Library (version 3.0)

The Health Technologies e-documentation centre is published by the WHO Essential Health Technologies (EHT) Department, Health Systems and Services Cluster. This version contains 556 documents, publications and other resources in various languages, selected from a wide range of technical information materials.

  • Global Initiative on Health Technologies

The Global Initiative on Health Technologies (GIHT) was initiated in March 2008 and implemented by the Diagnostic Imaging and Medical Devices unit of the Department of Essential Health Technologies at the World Health Organization (WHO) in an effort to improve access to appropriate health technologies. This CD-ROM provides to Member States, funding agencies, medical technology industry, and the academic and scientific community resources to assist Member States in establishing and implementing health technology programmes as well as information on core and innovative technologies.

  • WHO Medicines Regulatory Package: A collection of tools for Medicines Regulatory Authorities - 2nd version 2011

The WHO Medicines Regulatory Package is a collection of tools aimed at supporting the work and decision making processes of National Medicines Regulatory Authorities (NMRAs).The draft model package contains:

  • Tools on the establishment and organisation of NMRAs;
  • Tools on the definition of requirements and guidance for their implementation;
  • Guidance on performance of the regulatory functions of NMRAs;
  • Training materials for NMRAs.

  • WHO Resource Materials on Blood Safety - Version 1.0. March 2011

This CD-ROM contains around 150 documents related to blood safety and availability developed by the WHO Blood Transfusion Safety programme (WHO/BTS). It also contains additional relevant documents from other WHO departments and Regional Offices. It includes guidelines, recommendations, advocacy materials, data and statistics, and educational and training materials in the following areas:

  • Blood System Strengthening
  • Voluntary Blood Donation
  • Testing and Processing
  • Safe and Rational Use of Blood
  • Quality Systems
  • Blood Cold Chain

  • Water Safety Plan Quality Assurance Tool plus additional resources

Since their introduction in 2004, Water Safety Plans (WSPs) are increasingly being recognized as the most effective approach to ensuring drinking-water safety and is being promoted by governments and implemented by water suppliers across the globe. The WSP Quality Assurance Tool CD-ROM provides a mechanism to objectively assess efforts in Water Safety Planning. It aims to support the development, implementation and assessment of WSPs by systematically highlighting the areas where progress is being made and opportunities for improvement.

  • UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team on Education Resources

This CD-ROM contains valuable resources produced by the UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Education. Included on the CD-ROM are advocacy briefs, toolkits, and other technical materials in a range of languges. These resources are one part of the IATTon Education’s efforts to advance the evidence base, and to promote and share good practices on education sector response to HIV and AIDS.

  • International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education An evidence-informed approach for schools, teachers and health educators Volume I & II and related documents

Based on a rigorous and current review of evidence on sexuality education programmes, this International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education is aimed at education and health sector decision-makers and professionals. It has been produced to assist education, health and other relevant authorities in the development and implementation of school-based sexuality education programmes and materials.

  • UNESCO Library of HIV/AIDS Materials Version 3.0

This DVD contains 240 recent resources on HIV and AIDS produced by UNESCO’s sectors, institutes, regional bureaux, cluster and country offices and partners. Included on the DVD are policy documents, case studies, reports, tools, curricula and other materials from a range of settings and in several languages. These resources are one part of UNESCO’s support to countries so they can reduce people’s risk and vulnerability, improve care for the infected and affected, and build individual and institutional capacity for more effective responses to HIV and AIDS.

  • EDUCAIDS Version 1.1 – August 2009

This CD-ROM contains supporting documents for the EDUCAIDS Resource Pack including: technical briefs, overviews of practical resources as well as the original documents; and the EDUCAIDS framework for supporting comprehensive education sector responses to HIV and AIDS.


This CD-ROM offers an overview of all recommendations, norms and standards developed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe – Committee on Trade (UNECE), together with the related information. Whether you are in public or in the private sector, the academia, or if you are interested in international trade and trade-facilitation, you will find a great deal of valuable information in this CD-ROM Library.

  • IDP Key Resources

IDP Key Resources is a user-friendly information tool, on topics like Camp Management, E-Shelter and Protection, enabling the user to search the collection by particular words, by subject, by title or by organization.

  • UNHCR Digital Library

UNHCR has issued this library as the most comprehensive, reliable and updated refugee information resource available anywhere. It contains documents ranging from background country reports to operational guidelines, human resources and statistics.
This user-friendly information tool contains over 2800 full-text searchable documents, useful for UNHCR staff on mission, Field Offices that do not have access to a live internet connection, and other designated humanitarian operators.

  • Intellectual Property Management in Health and Agricultural Innovation - A Handbook of Best Practices

This CD-ROM offers up-to-date information and strategies for utilizing the power of intellectual property and the public domain, focusing on the practical side of the subject. The content is especially relevant to those managing public research endeavours and public-private partnerships.
It will assist the public sector in particular to put intellectual property to work for the greater public good.

  • Global Forum Publications 1999-2008

The Global Forum for Health Research aims to increase the roles of research and innovation in improving health and health equity by prioritizing research for health and promoting the closure of research gaps through appropriate funding; increasing coordination and coherence among the increasing number of health actors; expanding the use of evidence in policy-making for health.
For achieving these objectives, this Global Forum for Health Research CD-ROM contains sound, reliable and impartial evidence and practical tools to decision-makers in research, funding and policy with the aim to enhance health and health equity.

  • WHO Drug Information

This CD-ROM digital library contains the WHO Drug Information periodicals series, which consists of an overview of topics relating to medicines development and regulation targeted to a wide audience of health professionals and policy makers. It presents a range of perspective on how current challenges impact the manufacture, prescribing and access of medicines throughout the world and introduces newly-released guidance documents.

  • Water Sanitation and Health

The CD-ROM is intended to assist all those interested in water, sanitation and health by providing them with comprehensive up-to-date information. Users include public health specialists, scientists, policy makers, practitioners, academics, non-governmental organizations in developing and developed countries.
The electronic library includes 248 new and current publications. The documents provide information on water supply and sanitation, recreational/bathing waters, achieving the Millennium Development Goals on water, sanitation and hygiene, drinking-water quality, water resources management and health-care waste.

  • UNESCO Secondary Education – French version

La «Bibliothèque Virtuelle de l'Enseignement Secondaire Interagences 1.0»  est une collection virtuelle sur l'enseignement secondaire disponible gratuitement pour tous les planificateurs, responsables de politiques, chercheurs et praticiens autour du monde. L’objectif de cette bibliothèque virtuelle est d’offrir les documents les plus pertinents en texte intégral appartenant à l'UNESCO, aux autres agences de l'ONU, aux agences gouvernementales, aux ONG et institutions de recherche: plus de 380 documents et de 40.500 pages. La bibliothèque virtuelle multidisciplinaire offre la possibilité de copier et de multiplier le contenu du CD, en d’autres termes un CD envoyé à une institution peut être copié gratuitement sur tous les ordinateurs, pour stimuler la création des versions locales dans différents pays en utilisant le logiciel open source.

  • WHO Training Modules on GMP

This CD-ROM contains training modules on basic good manufacturing practices (GMP) such as material on general GMP for premises, equipment, materials, documentation, personnel, validation and other aspects of quality assurance. It also contains supplementary training material covering validation, water systems and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as the electronic version of the publication Quality assurance of pharmaceuticals: a compendium of guidelines and related materials, volume 2, second updated edition.
A training video showing the practical aspects of inspection and manufacturing, and demonstrating why these aspects are important is also included.
This package which has been entirely updated will be invaluable for those working towards the quality assurance of pharmaceuticals, both in the academic and private sectors.

  • Medicines Policy Documents from Selected African Countries

This CD-ROM aims to provide a useful information resource to assist and guide policy makers, administrators and implementing organizations, including the private sector and Nongovernmental Organizations, involved with the pharmaceutical sector in each country. The selection also allows for cross comparison of medicines policies and guidelines between countries.
It contains the following categories of medicines policy documents from 11 African countries: Antiretroviral Therapy Guidelines; Assessment of Country Pharmaceutical Sector Reports; Drug Formularies; Essential Medicines Lists; National Drug Policies; National Pharmaceutical Master Plans; and Standard Treatment Guidelines.

Toolkit CD-ROMs:

The objective of the Tuberculosis Manual Toolkit is to prepare its target audiences to take decisions in support of action in terms of therapies and drugs to treat TB and MDR-TB. It consists of 4 sessions with in total 19 Topics, comprising 515 slides, presented in a productive learning environment while maximizing natural learning and information retention. The lessons have been formatted and illustrated with images in order to enforce the rational and intuitive learning of the content. Current work in progress for the Spanish version of the toolkit, which is planned for release in September 2011.

  • Quality Management Training (QMT) Facilitator's Toolkit – French version

The Quality Management Training (QMT) Facilitator's Toolkit is a comprehensive set of teaching materials to support an 18-day training course for quality managers in blood transfusion services. It contains guidance for QMT facilitators, a core curriculum, MS PowerPoint presentations, activities, presentation notes, resource materials and glossary.

  • Resource Mobilization Guidelines

This toolkit CD-ROM is a quick and simple guide to securing financial and other support from different sources. It is organized as nine lessons, each of which covers a different aspect of resource mobilization.

Training / e-learning platforms:

The objective behind this platform is to empower trainers or/and trainees with free resources, offer them a structured collaborative space to share their training but also to promote and value the "open" training materials, which are freely and openly accessible for trainers and self-learners to use and re-use for non commercial purposes such as teaching, learning and research.

Human Info NGO has been the implementation partner also for the following OTP advanced customization projects:
Q-Pork Chains Open Learning Platform and Telecentre Academy.

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