The College of Physicians of Philadelphia is pleased to announce that its award-winning website HistoryofVaccines.org is now available in Arabic, Hindi, and Urdu. This project, generously funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, makes available to hundreds of millions more global visitors reliable, accurate information on immunization’s history and its continuing contributions to human health.
The three-language site—a companion to the existing sites in English and Spanish—offers more than 40 articles, four activities, and a timeline of vaccine history, all adapted to World Health Organization immunization guidelines and presented in a contemporary, graphically dynamic format. These resources will give parents, students, and healthcare workers useful information that until now has not been widely accessible to readers of Hindi, Urdu, and Arabic.
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, also known for its Mütter Museum of Medical History, launched HistoryofVaccines.org in 2010, and added a Spanish version of the site in 2012. The online resource uses some of the College’s museum and library collections to explore the history of vaccination and vaccine development. Almost 2 million unique visitors from across the world used the site in 2016. It has won several awards, and is one of only about 50 websites approved by the WHO for covering global vaccine safety.
“Widening the reach of HistoryofVaccines.org ensures that more members of our global community have the tools to understand the history of vaccines and are better able to make informed decisions about vaccination,” says Karie Youngdahl, MPH, Director of The History of Vaccines.
“HistoryofVaccines.org fills a particular need for multi-lingual resources relating to public health,” says President and CEO George M. Wohlreich, MD, MA, “the College is very proud to be at the forefront of providing essential knowledge in public health and the history of medicine to the global community.”
The new sites can be found at:
In Arabic: www.historyofvaccines.org/arabic
In Hindi: www.historyofvaccines.org/hindi
In Urdu: www.historyofvaccines.org/urdu
NOTE TO EDITORS: Factsheet, background information, and screenshots are available on Dropbox. Related images are available from the History of Vaccines resource gallery (some restrictions on use apply). Interviews are available upon request.
The Mütter Museum helps the public appreciate the mysteries and beauty of the human body while understanding the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease.