Representatives of Information and Knowledge Management of the WHO Regional Offices, focal points of the Country Offices and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), coordinated by the Library and Information Network for Knowledge of the WHO, met at Organization’s Headquarters in Geneva in order to hold the meeting of the Global Library Group – GLG. BIREME was represented by Renato Murasaki, Manager of Methodologies and Information Technologies and Databases Administration, who coordinates the Center’s technical cooperation activities regarding the Global Index Medicus.
Representatives from different areas of the Ministry of Health visited BIREME with the objective of getting acquainted with the Center’s functioning, priorities, products and services, as well as for discussing the expected results, activities, indicators and goals of the second Addendum to Cooperation Term 93, which is aimed towards the “Development and Improvement of the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information within the context of Information and Knowledge Management of the 2030 Agenda and Universal Health”.
The 2019 edition of the Descriptors in Health Sciences vocabulary – DeCS 2019 – was launched in June with some technological and terminological developments. Developed from the NLM’s MeSH – Medical Subjects Headings – vocabulary, DeCS serves as a unique language in the indexing of articles in scientific journals, books, conference proceedings, technical reports, and other types of materials. It is also used in the search and retrieval of scientific literature in the sources of information available in the Virtual Health Library (VHL) such as LILACS, MEDLINE and others.
Librarians from BIREME were in Maputo, Mozambique on July 15 to 19, in order to give a training workshop for professionals and technicians, with the objective of strengthening the national database and developing a Virtual Health Library for the Portuguese speaking countries of the Region. The activity was an initiative of the National Institute of Health of the Ministry of Health of Mozambique, with the support of the WHO Office in the country.
BIREME went on a mission to Argentina in order to diffuse the importance of the LILACS database, a key tool for decision making based on evidence and for the reduction of inequities in health. The visit took place during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Central Library of the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires. Local authorities, professionals and users of the Hospital, and colleagues from the Red Nacional de Información en Ciencias de la Salud (RENICS) attended the event.
The São Paulo State Health Secretariat and BIREME launch new information products, portals and access interface in the Information and Knowledge Network Virtual Health Library (BVS RIC), with the presence or virtual participation of researchers, coordinators of the Technological Innovation Nuclei (NIT) and of the Health Technology Evaluation Nuclei (NATS), librarians, guests and employees from universities, from the São Paulo Municipal Health Secretariat and companies from the health segment, among others.