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
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
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
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.