World Health Organization – Infectious Diseases

This section of the World Health Organization (WHO) covers common infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, malaria, tuberculosis, pandemic illnesses, and more. Information and resources are also available by specific geographic location.

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Review Date: 8/15/2018


Ease of Use

Lots of variation in the page layout between the various topics covered here due to how they are assembled from across the entire WHO website. This is a small sampling of WHO-related information, all of which users can access from the landing page. The search bar isn't specific to infectious diseases, so users will benefit from browsing the links in this section if they don't have much direction.

Visual Design

Little visual appeal here, even though other areas of the WHO site are designed well. High contrast text is easy to read against the white background, but the font is on the small side and can cause squinting. Few images accompany the text in this section, and the blue-and-white color scheme seems to be the only unifying factor.


The information here is very important, but the depth and breadth is limited. Some of the more common infectious diseases are included. Many more, unfortunately, are absent. And some but not all topics are referenced, depending where on the WHO website it came from. There's too much variation to know what kind of quality you're going to get.


The World Health Organization is a reliable and authoritative source of health information, especially population-level data. The website does not credit its content authors, though. And even though the editorial staff is provided in one area of the WHO site, they are not identified on specific pages. Fact sheets and articles all feature recent review dates to ensure currency.


  1. Infectious diseases can be browsed by disease type, topic, or geographical region
  2. Detailed coverage of pandemic and epidemic illnesses, tropical diseases, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis
  3. Overseen by qualified specialists working within the World Health Organization


  1. Limited number of infectious diseases covered on the site
  2. African region link is nonfunctional and leads to a 404 error
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Sponsors / Affiliations: The United Nations, an intergovernmental organization with 193 member states

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Downloadable fact sheets, Q&A, news coverage

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