On March 27-31, 2017, the National Institute of Health/Ministry of Health of Mozambique and the WHO Representation promoted training activities, which were coordinated by BIREME/PAHO/WHO and aimed to reactivate the VHL Mozambique. A total of 16 people were trained in management of contextualized information. The participants came from the main regions in the country, including coordinators, documentalists and IT staff representing seven institutions, such as public and private universities, Higher and Technical Institutes of Health Sciences, the National Institute of Health and the WHO Representation.
Courses on scientific communication and access to health information were held at PAHO/WHO head offices in Mexico, on April 3 to 7, 2017. They were coordinated by BIREME and PAHO/WHO Mexico, and attended by 58 professionals from 14 federative organizations related to health promotion and prevention, including the Centro Nacional de Excelencia Tecnológica en Salud (CENETEC), Centro de Documentación Institucional and the Dirección General de Promoción de la Salud del Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (INSP).
Since 2012, BIREME and PAHO’s Department of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis (CHA/PAHO/WHO) have been developing projects to build courses focusing on the prevention, control and eradication of communicable diseases and zoonoses. These courses are self-teaching with free access and published on the Moodle platform of the Virtual Campus for Public Health (VCPH). There are already 11 projects for courses on Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, Visceral Leishmaniasis, Geohelminthiasis, Rabies, Trachoma, and Schistosomiasis, focusing on diagnosis, prevention, control and treatment of these diseases.
On April 13, 2017, the BIREME/PAHO/WHO staff participated in a training program to develop teamwork effectiveness. The event was supported by PAHO/WHO Human Resources Department, and took place outside the Center head offices to enable greater involvement of all employees in the activities. The effort considered the conceptual and behavioral alignment of five main themes that characterize cohesive teams: trust; relationship and conflict; commitment; responsibility; and focus and attention on result.
To express its successful history as the Latin American and Caribbean Center of PAHO/WHO, specialized in management of health information, the Hotsite BIREME 50 years was created as a space to celebrate and record important and memorable moments of this history. The Hotsite is open to manifestations of several players involved, employees and enthusiastic supporters. In fact, it is time of much joy, but also of reflection about the present and future of the Center.
Acknowledging the historic course taken by BIREME/PAHO/WHO in the field of public health, as well as the collaborative work with the School of Public Health of the University of Sao Paulo (FSP-USP), the Faculty Committee of FSP-USP gave opportunity for a presentation about the BIREME, highlighting its priority lines of actions, information products and services, and future perspective for cooperation. The event was attended by full professors who comprise the Faculty Committee and representatives of other faculty categories and of students.