Revista Finlay, published by the Centro de Información de la Universidad de Ciencias Médicas de Cienfuegos, Cuba, completed 30 years in 2017, and in order to celebrate this event and the 15th Anniversary of the journal Medisur, a Scientific Conference was organized at the university campus. The meeting brought together Cuban editors, founders, members of the Editorial Committee, peer reviewers and contributors to the journals, as well as health and academic professionals from Cienfuegos. At the occasion, BIREME’s products and services were disseminated and, above all, the importance of indexing journals in LILACS, since it is the main index of health scientific and technical literature published in Latin America and Caribbean countries.
One of the biggest issues of the event was to know how knowledge management activities between a national institution such as Centro Nacional de Información en
Ciencias Médicas (INFOMED), interact with PAHO/WHO Office in Cuba and BIREME. This question could be answered through the presentations made during the journey: How is PAHO inserted into the Information and Knowledge Management in Cuba? by Roxana González, PAHO consultant; SciELO Cuba: Challenges of best times, by José Enrique Alfonso, Director of SciELO Cuba; Infomed and developing information and knowledge management, by Ileana Alfonso, Director of Infomed; and Strategies and scientific production, by Dr. González, Director of BIREME.
According to Dr. Alain Morejón Giraldoni, Specialist in Internal Medicine and Director – Editor of Medisur and Finlay journals “The forum was a space of exchange among researchers, authors, editors and scientific information managers, where BIREME’s experiences, as well the institution’s work projections, whose main objective is to contribute to the development of health in the countries of the region through the democratization of access to information and knowledge in health, were reported. The Center’s objectives that are shown through the Virtual Health Library (VHL), integration space of sources of information produced collectively in a certain topic, region or institution, as well as technical cooperation developed through specific projects. Moreover, it was shown how access to information is given quickly and accurately through sources of information available at the VHL, which include LILACS and MEDLINE, and the importance of access to regional knowledge for decision making in health”.
During his stay in Cuba, Dr. González Machín visited the medical faculties Manuel Fajardo and Salvador Allende, where he learned about the results on Open Educational Resources. In addition, he exchanged information with the PAHO/WHO Cuba technical team, the Health Promotion professionals of the Ministry of Health and CECMED (Centro para el Control Estatal de Medicamentos, Equipos y Dispositivos Médicos), identifying potential initiatives and joint projects, helping to promote the visibility of scientific and technical information produced by the country. In the same way, it was an opportunity to visit and interact with Infomed, a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for VHL and Knowledge Management and Communications.
Dr. Cristian Morales, PAHO/WHO Representative in Cuba, highlighted the significance of this mission for the country Office, noting that “the participation of the Director of BIREME in this mission to Cuba has been very beneficial for the technical cooperation activities performed by this Office. In a country such as Cuba, where scientific production is important, but where there are limitations to access it, all kinds of initiatives aimed at expanding the approach to knowledge published in specialized scientific journals are primal for Cuban students, teachers and researchers.