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PATH’s Online Resources
Presentation by Susan Jamison, Library Services Manager, PATH
Summarized by Julia Cleaver, INTRAH

Susan Jamison described and demonstrated PATH’s three websites pathWEB, The Children’s Vaccine Program site, and Reproductive Health Outlook—in her presentation, which was part of a panel of new media topics. Her role on all three sites is to collect and annotate links to other sites.

pathWEB. www.path.org has the goal of describing the organization’s mission, programs, and publications, but a great deal of other useful information can be found there. For example, the full-text (English only) of the last five years of PATH’s serial publication, Outlook is located on the site (www.path.org/outlook). Other documents, some full-text, are also listed on the publication page. Another portion of the site ( www.PATH.org/html/appropriate_technologies_for_h.htm) is a catalog of PATH’s appropriate technologies for disease prevention, detection, and treatment. The case studies section offers 1 - 2 page descriptions of PATH projects.

The second site features information about the Bill and Melinda Gates Children’s Vaccine Program, www.path.org/childvac. Contents include a full program description, contact information, news updates, lists of targeted diseases and vaccines, and links and other helpful resources, including some full-text articles. Susan created links to PubMed that automatically perform searches. This allows queries that retrieve the most current abstracts each time they are run. Click here for an example on hepatitis [www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/htbin-post/Entrez/query?db=m&form=4& term=hepatitis+B+vaccines[MeSH]+AND+Africa[MeSH]]. Instructions for creating these links are on the PubMed site at www.ncbi.nlm.gov/PubMed/linking.

Susan described a third website called Reproductive Health Outlook (RHO), www.rho.org. This site was initially funded by the Bill Gates Foundation, though specific topic areas have been sponsored by other organizations. Currently, the site covers eight areas of reproductive health, with a ninth topic soon to be added: Family Planning, Safe Motherhood, Reproductive Tract Infections, HIV/AIDS, Infertility, Cervical Cancer, Harmful Traditional Health Practices, and Gender and Sexual Health. A section entitled Men and Reproductive Health will be available shortly. Each topic area contains an overview and lessons learned section, research topics, program examples from many organizations, an annotated bibliography, and a glossary. In addition, the site contains information about the WHO Reproductive Health Library, a site map, a search engine, and information about the RHO site and its contributors. The comprehensive links page includes a listing of online reproductive health journals, conferences, important databases, tools, networks, organizations, and policy document.


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