The Regional Database for the Assessment of Health Technologies Reports of the Americas is a technological platform; its methodology to register, organize and disseminate reports was developed by BIREME, together with PAHO/WHO Department of Health Systems and Services. BRISA has initially more than 600 online Health Technology Assessment reports from nine countries in the region. Methodologies for information indexing and retrieval enable recovering the reports by theme, author, or keywords.
As from 2005, the International Nursing Virtual Health Library has promoted equity in access to quality scientific and technical information on nursing and related themes from the region of the Americas, through collaboration of a network of organizations that produce information. Representatives of some countries that work together to build the VHL Nursing met at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, in Lima, Peru, in September 2017, during the XI Reunión Internacional de la Red BVS Enfermería, to discuss the advances of the project.
In the Americas and around the world, there is an increased demand for health services that offer therapeutic alternatives that respond to the cultural and social contexts of individuals, families and communities with an intercultural approach. That is why, as part of an interprogrammatic project, PAHO/WHO is advancing the development of a Virtual Library that aims to promote visibility, access, use and generation of scientific, technical and educational content that contributes to the promotion, development and integration of the Traditional Medicine and Complementary Therapies in the services and health systems of LA&C.
Together with the PAHO Brazil Technical Unit for Human Resources in Health, BIREME develops a project to promote knowledge management in Human Resources in Health. Its primary goal is to contribute to establishing a new agenda for the development of Human Resources in health in the region, by means of identification and analysis of scientific and technical output on this topic. A website will be published to register, access and retrieve the literature through a search interface integrated with health-related bibliographic databases.
The 2030 Agenda and the role played by librarians was the central theme of the 27th Brazilian Congress of Library and Information Science (CBBD), which took place in Fortaleza/CE, Brazil, in October 17-20, 2017. The event was an ideal platform to show the 2030 Agenda of the Americas (ASSA2030) which was approved at the 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference, which took place in Washington, DC, USA, in September 25-29, 2017.
“To provide broad access to a network of sources of information on good evidence in primary healthcare in order to subsidize the processes of clinical decision, training, and management in this area.” This guideline is one of the pillars defining the Programa Telessaúde Brasil, which completes 10 years in 2017 and in which BIREME has contributed with the development of one of its components, the Virtual Health Library on Primary Health Care (BVS Atenção Primaria a Saúde).