PATH's Vaccine Resource Library (VRL) gathers immunisation resources in a single website. The resources found on the VRL are collected from a variety of sources, such as scientific journals, websites, news media, and public health practitioners, as well as suggestions from VRL users. In addition to resources developed by PATH, the VRL contains materials published by international leaders in public health, including the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the GAVI Alliance, and many others. Its contents reflect those areas being addressed and advanced by PATH projects.
The VRL offers materials on specific diseases and topics in immunisation addressed by PATH's work, including:
Diseases and vaccines:
- "Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
- Hepatitis B
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Japanese encephalitis
- Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
- Shigellosis and enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC)"
- "General information
- Advocacy and communications
- Childhood immunization
- Cold chain logistics and technologies
- Delivery technologies
- Disease burden and surveillance
- Immunization financing
- Injection safety and waste management
- Introduction and service delivery
- Organizations and coalitions
- Presentation and packaging
- Vaccine safety
- Vaccine stabilization"
As noted here, "Free access to journal articles for users in the developing world: Access to Research.... Some resources in the VRL require a subscription to view the full text. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) provides free or very low cost online access to the major journals in biomedical and related social sciences to local, not-for-profit institutions in developing countries." Click here to access the HINARI website.
Resources in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Indonesian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
PATH VRL website, March 29 2013, and email from Katherine Fox-Boyd to the Communication Initiative on April 5 2013. Image credit: Umit Kartoglu/PATH.