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Global Health database

Global Health database

Health and well-being is a key focus of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 3). CABI's Global Health database, with over 2.6 million records, gives researchers and students unparalleled access to all the world's relevant public health research and practice.

Nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa

CABI’s Global Health database – does it have a role to play in informing public health policy? 

CABI’s Global Health database has a significant role to play in informing public health policy helping tackle current and emerging health problems across the developing world. Systematic reviews, which are increasing in scope and number, are an excellent tool for evidence-based public health and have a growing influence on policy. However, for them to be meaningful they need to draw upon trustworthy data. 

60% of its material is unique as iit captures key literature not covered by other databases.

Data sourced from Global Health has contributed to systematic reviews that influenced a World Health Organization (WHO) report on preventing diarrhoea through better Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

The reviews, as part of the evidence-base for WASH, also had an impact on Sustainable Development Goal 6 on universal access to water and sanitation.

To find out how CABI’s Global Health database influences public health policy we looked at its use by researchers drafting ‘systematic reviews’. In particular we focused on the following topics:

  1. 1. the rise of chronic diseases in Africa
  2. 2. African research, and African and worldwide clinical practice
  3. 3. the influence of global burden of disease studies and WHO guidelines on policymakers and donors
  4. 4. the international research and funding agenda with respect to donors

Rise of chronic diseases in Africa 

Leading global health research group, Global Health Epidemiology Reference Group (GHERG) reported that Africa has 92.3 million cases of people living with hypertension in 2000 - much more than the WHO African Region report has previously stated. CABI's Global Health database helped them reach this more accurate figure. Their policy is to always check the Global Health database to provide a wide range of relevant articles on global health, which may not be indexed by other databases.


African research

Many journal publishing platforms fail to cover all the research. In contrast, Global Health provides a much fuller picture of African research. In a context in which funders are now moving to invest in the dissemination of locally conducted research within Africa (and globally), Global Health, with its better coverage of African print journals, has a significant role to play in the dissemination of African research.