BIREME Bulletin n° 4

Ministry of Health creates panel on the dissemination of health information in Brazil

The Coordination of Information Dissemination (Coordenação de Disseminação de Informação, CODINF) is linked to the General Coordination of Documentation and Information (Coordenação Geral de Documentação e Informação, CGDI) of the Sub-Secretariat of Administrative Affairs (Subsecretaria de Assuntos Administrativos, SAA), subordinated to the Executive Secretariat (Secretaria Executiva, SE) of the Ministry of Health (MS). Considering previous developments and references both for BIREME itself and PWR Brazil, the CODINF has created – in a technical cooperation project with BIREME/PAHO/WHO – a panel that hallmarks and informs about the main products, services, events and initiatives to disseminate health information in Brazil. The efforts were carried out by the CGDI and by its institutional partners, including BIREME/PAHO/WHO, through the Virtual Health Library (VHL) at the national and thematic levels.

“The objective of creating the panel was to keep record of the institutional history and regimental competence of CODINF, and to inform about pathways and partnerships that enable us to offer better products and services to our users. All that based on the pillars of Knowledge Management and on open access to information in health that is the right of our citizens”, stated Shirlei Rodrigues Gonçalves, Information Dissemination Coordinator (CGDI/SAA/SE/MS).


The 12.5m2 panel, entitled “Pathways of Technical and Scientific Information Dissemination to Strengthen the SUS (Caminhos da Disseminação da Informação Técnico-Científica para o Fortalecimento do SUS)”, is exposed at the João Yunes hall, a public area at the Ministry of Health Library. CODINF and BIREME worked for three months to define the scope and select the pieces of information to be displayed, create and review the graphic project, and to print and install the panel, which has been exhibited to the public since December 22nd, 2016.

The information available is organized into four groups related to Products and Services, CGDI Historic Landmarks, Networks & Partners, and the Brazil VHL Network. The panel´s graphic art was inspired in the network collaborative work, as well as in local actions with global impact, and in Brazil´s public policies on access to health information as a public good.

The technical cooperation projects developed by the Ministry of Health produce results that go beyond Brazilian borders, considering the capacity to internationally apply the knowledge acquired, lessons learned, and the information products and services developed. The panel reflects this reality in its design, bearing in mind, for example, the explicit relations between the themes related to the VHL at the national and regional levels and the synergic relation between the Ministry of Health and BIREME/PAHO/WHO. The panel is also fruit of this synergy.


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