Dr. Marcos Espinal, Director of the PAHO/WHO Department of Communicable Diseases and Dr. Ottorino Cosivi, Director of the Pan American Foot-and-Mouth Disease Center, in an official visit to Brazil, visited the Instituto Butantan and BIREME in São Paulo. The visit is part of the official mission of Dr. Espinal in Brazil, which also included the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Brasília.
One of the pillars of the network developed by BIREME is the development of local capacities in such a way that each of the cooperating institutions have autonomy for the adequacy and application of the methodologies offered by BIREME in their countries and area. In the 33 years of LILACS, its methodology is adopted by institutions that implant dozens of virtual libraries and national and/or thematic databases in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, in Spain and in some African Portuguese-speaking countries.
The Nursing Now campaign was launched by the Federal Nursing Council, in collaboration with the WHO Collaborating Center for the Development of Research in Nursing, linked to the University of São Paulo Nursing School at Ribeirão Preto. The theme “Where there is life, there is nursing” has as a main objective to present professionals in the field as the true protagonists in health. BIREME contributes with the theme through support in the construction, updating, maintenance and dissemination of the Nursing VHL and the Nursing Database (BDENF), developed collectively by institutions from over seven countries for selecting, organizing and disseminating high quality scientific and technical information in nursing sciences.
Within the framework of the actions for strengthening the Virtual Health Library Network (VHL Network) in Brazil, BIREME promoted a meeting at the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz), with the purpose of making an analysis of the situation of the VHL instances that are coordinated by that institution and defining a plan for strengthening the network, in coordination with the National Plan of the Brazil VHL.
BIREME contributes to promote scientific and technical knowledge in local contexts and in Primary Health Care (PHC), in consonance with the resolutions approved in the 72nd World Health Assembly. The Center also participated in the IV International Congress on Primary Health Care (CIAPS), which had as a central theme the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDO) from the 2030 Agenda, as well as how to reduce the gap between knowledge and practice.
The World Health Organization organized the event “Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge” on May 19th in Geneva, Switzerland, coinciding with the eve of the inauguration of the 72nd World Health Assembly in the same city, inspired by the great success attained in the first edition of the event in 2018. Delegations from countries in the Americas and from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) participated actively in all activities, which had the participation of Dr. Carissa Etienne, PAHO/WHO Director. BIREME, as a PAHO/WHO Specialized Center, supports this and other actions in favor of health, encouraging its collaborators to practice physical activities and to adopt healthy lifestyles.