The early 20th century saw a proliferation in public health and biomedical research - research that is still relevant today. Much of this information had been 'lost' in unused and forgotten print volumes that have not been available to the wider academic community.
Global Health Archive changed that. The archive is a fully searchable modern database of research dating from 1910 to 1983, containing 800,000 records derived from six printed abstract journals.
The complete picture
Global Health Archive is fully compatible with Global Health and can be searched alongside it for records from 1910 to the present day. Together they provide a global picture of international public health research both past and present.
By digitizing our print archive, CABI has made this information available to a modern audience by placing current international and public health problems in a historical context.
Searching the past...informing the future
In the last few years avian influenza or 'bird flu' and recently 'swine flu' have become international concerns for those who work in public health and biomedical disease prevention areas. Global Health Archive contains valuable records ideal for research into this much talked about area.
Much of the data from the Global Health Archive is derived from publications that have long since vanished. They tell us a great deal about past epidemics, from rates and patterns of transmission, duration of pandemics, timing of epidemiological peaks, geographic distribution of diseases, government preparedness and quarantine provisions; through to effects on different age and social groups, severity in developing vs. developed countries, symptoms, causes of mortality (such as secondary problems like pneumonia) and mortality rates.
By accessing this kind of historical information, the Global Health Archive has the potential to reveal vital clues by referring back to previous pandemics to identify what made them so deadly and the mistakes made in their management.