Education for Health

: 2014  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 73--74

FHI360-SATELLIFE essential health links

P. Ravi Shankar 
 Departmet of Pharmacology, Xavier University School of Medicine, Oranjestad, Aruba, Kingdom of the Netherlands

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Prof. P. Ravi Shankar
Xavier University School of Medicine, #23, Santa Helenastraat, Oranjestad, Aruba
Kingdom of the Netherlands

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Dear Editor,

Obtaining essential health information is a challenge for healthcare professionals in developing nations. Recently FHI360-SATELLIFE, a nonprofit organization working globally to improve education, health, economic development, and civil society, based in the United States, has created the on-line resource, Essential Health links, to address the challenge. In this letter the author, a medical educator who is keenly interested in information resources available to health workers and researchers in the developing world, introduces readers to this portal.

SATELLIFE was the brainchild of an American cardiologist, Dr. Bernard Lown associated with the Nobel Prize winning organization, International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War. HealthNet, SATELLIFE's electronic network for delivering information to health professionals in the developing world, was initiated in the 1990s. [1] The FHI360-SATELLIFE Essential Health Links site consists of three sections: General health resources, specific health resources, and library and publishing support. The links selected for inclusion within these three sections must be relevant to developing countries. In addition, selected sites must fulfill at least five of six criteria: Authoritative, coverage, presentation, currency, free to use, and cost.

Essential Health Links contains certain resources not available on other collections. In the Bibliographic Databases subsection of the General Health Resource section, I especially liked 'Practical Pointers' where the editor, Dr Richard James Jr. each month abstracts articles relevant to primary care from the NEJM, Lancet, BMJ, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine and Archives of Internal Medicine. The Evidence Based Medicine subsection under General Health Resources provides hyperlinks to sites providing useful information to health professionals, including clinical evidence, Bandolier knowledge, Cochrane summaries and TRIP database. The Critical Appraisal Skills Program website [2] is especially interesting. The Health Research Resources subsection will be helpful for aspiring researchers. That subsection's free e-book, Health Research Methodology and the Health Research System Analysis Toolkit will be very useful.

The image collections on FHI360-SATELLIFE Essential Health Links will help teachers and health communicators easily find appropriate images to use in their presentations and lectures. With my keen interest in the history of medicine, I found Images from the History of Medicine (IHM) Collection [3] of great interest. And being a medical educator I was keenly interested in the Medical Education and Clinical Skills subsection. Its MERLOT Health Sciences Portal [4] has a good collection of resources linked to teaching-learning. The online digital library,, provides a good collection of resources for medical students, including links to medical textbooks, simulated consultations, patient education, consumer health information, medical organizations, and other sites of interest.

The Publishing Skills links in the Library and Publishing Support section will be very useful for new researchers and authors. The links to Author AID, the Authorship Skills Training Modules, the Journal Advisor and Journal Selector resources would be of interest. The subject specific resources of the Specific Health Resources section will be relevant to subject specialists. In Pharmacology and Prescribing, there are links to various formularies, the International Drug Price Indicator Guide, and links to Standard Treatment Guidelines and Essential Drugs Lists, among other resources.

The FHI360-SATELLIFE Essential Health Links portal [5] brings together in an easily accessible form a wide range of useful resources to healthcare providers, libraries and organizations in the developing world.


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4Multimedia Educational Resource for learning and online teaching. Available from: [Last accessed on 2013 Nov 26].
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