The College of Physicians of Philadelphia is pleased to announce that the award-winning 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 of 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, known also as home of the Mütter Museum, launched HistoryofVaccines.org in 2010, and added a Spanish version of the site in 2012. The online resource items from 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.
“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, FCPP. “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.”
Use the links below to access the new sites, or use the language pulldown menu on the front page of the main site.
In Arabic: www.historyofvaccines.org/arabic
In Hindi: www.historyofvaccines.org/hindi
In Urdu: www.historyofvaccines.org/urdu
We are working on outreach for the site and are looking forward to welcoming many new visitors over the coming months. Please share our news with your colleagues and friends! If you are in the position to link to us from your Arabic, Hindi, or Urdu website, please do so. We’d appreciate any links in a mentions you are able to give us.