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BIREME Bulletin n° 86

PAHO’s specialized center on health sciences information, BIREME will coordinate the development of the WHO Global Library of Traditional Medicine


From March 19 to 22, 2024, the World Health Organization convened experts and technicians in India to plan the activities of the Global Center for Traditional Medicine. The future Global Library will be developed based on the experience gained with the model of Virtual Health Libraries (VHL), in particular the VHL on Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicines developed by BIREME in collaboration with the Regional Network on TCIM for the Americas. The launch of the new library is planned for 2025.

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VHL TCIM Americas will serve as a model for the development of the future WHO Global Library on Traditional Medicine


In March 2024, the World Health Organization (WHO) gathered experts and technicians in India to plan the activities of its new Global Traditional Medicine Centre (GTMC). To be launched in 2025, a new Global Library will be developed by BIREME based on the experience gained with the Virtual Health Library on Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine and the TCIM Americas Network. Read more in the interview with BIREME’s director, Dr. João Paulo Souza.


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TC95 by BIREME and CGDI/MoH: results and perspectives


BIREME and CGDI validate the results achieved and discuss joint perspectives in the context of Technical Cooperation Agreement 95 with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health of Brazil.

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VHL Regional Portal has a new interface and layout


During the month of its 26th anniversary, the VHL Regional Portal launched a new version with an updated interface and layout. Developed by BIREME, the website provides access to a collection of more than 37 million bibliographic records from 60 databases, directories, repositories, and other sources of health information.

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Virtual Health Library has a new platform for integrated access to GRADE Guidelines, Recommendations and Maps


New online portal provides and integrates three of the most important clinical and public health decision support services based on WHO and PAHO guidelines and recommendations. Searches on the site retrieve information from a collection of more than 5,000 evidence guides developed by the GRADE system for grading the quality of evidence and strength of recommendations for health decision-making.

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BIREME promotes the launch of the 2024 Calendar of VHL Activities with Health Information Networks


For the fifth consecutive year, BIREME promotes an annual calendar of meetings and activities of the Virtual Health Library for the Strengthening of Health Information Networks in LA&C 2024. This year, 19 meetings will address topics related to the VHL Network, the Referees Network, Indexing of documents according to the LILACS Methodology and Good practices in the editorial processes of LILACS scientific journals.

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