João Paulo Souza is the new director of BIREME/PAHO/WHO

Epidemiologist and researcher Dr. João Paulo Souza is the new director of BIREME/PAHO/WHO. The formal process of Transfer of Direction, according to the Organization’s methodology, took place on October 17 and 18, 2022, when Dr. Sebastián García Saisó – director of the Department of Evidence and Intelligence for Action in Health (EIH/PAHO) and interim director of BIREME since October 2021, transferred the Center to the new director.

BIREME and PAHO/WHO participate in HSR2022

Celebrating 120 years of solidarity in advancing the health and well-being of populations, leaving no one behind, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) actively participated in the 7th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2022), held in Bogotá, Colombia, from October 31 to November 4. PAHO’s stand at the event was a space for the demonstration and dissemination of the main products developed by BIREME to support decision-makers in health, in addition to PAHO publications.

Health Economics VHL: phase VI of the project is successfully completed

The Brazil Health Economics VHL, coordinated by the Department of Health Economics, Investments and Performance of the Ministry of Health, with the technical support of BIREME/PAHO/WHO, aims to collect, organize, index, publish, disseminate, and evaluate scientific and technical information in health economics in Brazil to support decision-making processes and ensure the dissemination of information to society.

Pharmaceutical and health technology country profiles: a result of BIREME and HSS/PAHO cooperation

BIREME and the Department of Health Systems and Services (HSS) of PAHO/WHO developed a system for the management and publication of indicators in pharmaceutical and health technology that aims to gather data on the health and pharmaceutical systems of the countries, generate evidence and inform stakeholders about the system’s performance, enable the identification of effective policies and programs, and promote the efficient allocation of resources.

BIREME supports ‘Nanoarte’ exhibition at the Ministry of Health’s Cultural Center

The exhibition “Nanoarte”, which brings together more than 70 works produced from the capture of images of materials on a nanometric scale, in addition to an interactive panel available for visitors, made possible with the support of BIREME/PAHO/WHO, was inaugurated on September 19th at the Ministry of Health’s Cultural Center in Brasília. The exhibition will be open until November 25th to anyone interested in discovering what nanoart is and how to create it, as well as learning about the history of nanotechnology.


World Mental Health Day 2022 focuses on the effects of COVID-19

World Mental Health Day 2022 focuses on the effects of the pandemic on the mental health of populations around the world, an unprecedented event in recent history that, in addition to causing serious damage to physical health, impacted with equal – or greater – seriousness the mental health of people of all ages. PAHO has established the High-Level Commission on Mental Health and COVID-19 to support the Organization and its Member States in improving and strengthening mental health in the Americas, both during the pandemic and in the future.

PAHO/WHO holds the 30th Pan American Sanitary Conference

Ministers of Health and other high-level representatives from countries and territories of the Americas gathered September 26-30 in Washington, D.C., United States for the 30th Pan American Sanitary Conference of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) which was attended by the Director of PAHO, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne and the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. During the event, the new PAHO Director, Dr. Jarbas Barbosa da Silva Jr., whose term begins on February 1, 2023.

VIII Session of the Scientific Committee is carried out with good dynamics

The Scientific Committee of BIREME/PAHO/WHO met virtually at the VIII Session on September 8, 2022, with the aim of sharing the current implementation status of the recommendations of the previous session and of promoting an effective exchange to obtain recommendations in favor of visibility and quality of BIREME products and services for the Latin America and the Caribbean countries.

The VHL is recognized as a Good Practice of South-South and Triangular Cooperation

The VHL, a model for information management developed and coordinated regionally by BIREME/PAHO/WHO with the support of Latin American and Caribbean countries, is recognized as a good practice in the 4th volume of the publication “Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Sustainable Development” of the United Nations Office for South-South and Triangular Cooperation – UNOSSC.

BIREME and WHO mobilize efforts to innovate WHO COVID-19 Database

The WHO – COVID-19 Research Database, which is supported by BIREME/PAHO/WHO, plays a key role in facilitating and democratizing the access and use of international scientific literature on COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2. Currently, activities are under way to improve and expand the sources of information in this important database. In addition, it is intended to provide greater robustness and flexibility to Information Architecture and data-based intelligence, in addition to intensifying the use of tools to promote knowledge, through Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.