About AMWA – Resources

Global Health Resources

AMWA’s American Women’s Hospitals Service (AWHS) Association

An AWHS program that is very popular with the medical student members of AMWA is the travel grant.  Awarded to students who have been accepted into an medicala school sponsored overseas clinic program,  AWHS provides help in paying the travel costs to get the students to their overseas destination.  Click here for more info.  For more on AMWA’s Global Health Opportunities visit here.


CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty who places a special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of disease, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.  http://www.care.org/

CDC Global Health

CDC’s Center for Global Health coordinates and manages the collective resources and expertise of the agency to address a variety of global health challenges such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, emergency and refugee health, non-communicable diseases, injuries, and other health threats.  http://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/

CDC Jobs Overseas

CDC strives to find well-qualified, talented people to achieve the agency’s Global Health Protection Goal: “Healthy People in a Healthy World” through health promotion, health protection and health diplomacy.  http://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/employment.htm

Child Family Health International (CFHI)

CFHI is an unparalleled nonprofit organization that provides community-based Global Health Education Programs, also known as clinical electives or away rotations, for health science students in 7 countries with over 20 different sites. Students have the opportunity to gain first hand experience while working closely with local physicians and public health experts in developing countries. CFHI is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations. http://www.cfhi.org/web/index.php

Global Health Council

The Global Health Council, formerly the National Council of International Health, is a U.S.-based, nonprofit membership organization that was created in 1972 to identify priority world health problems and to report on them to the U.S. public, legislators, international and domestic government agencies, academic institutions and the global health community.  In 1998, the organization changed its name to the Global Health Council and became a dynamic organization that puts global health squarely where it belongs – a priority for everyone, rich and poor alike.   http://www.globalhealth.org/

International Committee of the Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.   http://www.icrc.org/

Medical Women’s International Association (MIWA)

The Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) representing women doctors from all five continents. http://www.mwia.net/

NIH International Center

U.S. National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center for advanced study in the health sciences.  The Fogarty International Center is dedicated to advancing the mission of the National Institutes of Health by supporting and facilitating global health research conducted by U.S. and international investigators, building partnerships between health research institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and training the next generation of scientists to address global health needs.   http://www.fic.nih.gov/

Office of Global Health Affairs

To promote the health of the world’s population by advancing the Secretary’s and the Department of Health and Human Services’ global strategies and partnerships, thus serving the health of the people of the United States.  http://www.globalhealth.gov/index.html

The World Bank

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Our mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.  http://www.worldbank.org/


UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.  UNICEF upholds the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  They work to assure equality for those who are discriminated against, girls and women in particular.  http://www.unicef.org/


USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State.  Their work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting economic growth, global health, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance. They provide assisstance in five regions of the world including Sub-saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East. http://www.usaid.gov/

U.S. Global Health Initiative

The Global Health Initiative (GHI) is the next step forward in the way U.S. government agencies conduct global health activities. GHI is making the most of every taxpayer dollar to improve the health of the poorest families around the world, with a specific focus on improving the health of women, newborns and children through programs that focus on infectious disease, nutrition, maternal and child health, and safe water.  Through GHI, the U.S. helps build sustainable health systems, ensuring that global health agencies combine their efforts to maximize results.  http://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/ghi/

U.S. State Department’s Office of International Health Affairs

The Office of International Health Affairs (OES/IHB) Is the State Department’s general health office. IHB works with agencies throughout the U.S. Government to facilitate policy making regarding environmental health, infectious diseases (e.g., SARS, Avian Influenza, Pandemic Influenza, Polio), health in post-conflict situations, surveillance and response, and health security.  http://www.state.gov/g/oes/intlhealthbiodefense/

U.S. Global Health Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation

The Kaiser Family Foundation’s global health gateway serves as an online clearinghouse for the latest data and information on the U.S. role in global health.  It brings together original policy analysis and research from the Foundation, provides the new daily news synthesis, Daily Global Health Policy Report, tracks legislation through a new Policy Tracker, and  features fact sheets, country-level data through Kaiser’s Global Health Facts, and more. These resources are designed to offer a comprehensive picture of the U.S. global health policy landscape, highlighting key issues facing policymakers, journalists, non governmental organizations, and others working in the global health arena. The Foundation receives substantial support for the global health gateway and its work on global health policy from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.   http://globalhealth.kff.org/

World Health Organization

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.   http://www.who.int/en/