The National and Sub-regional Coordination Office of PAHO/WHO promotes effective technical cooperation for a group of countries that the Member States of the Organization identified as deserving special attention to reach their individual and collective objectives of health development – the so-called Key Countries. A meeting in Washington DC, in July 2017, had the goal of reviewing and defining the actions, interventions, criteria and indicators to implement the operational plan for the Key Country Strategy.
BIREME participated at the “Regional consultation to develop a knowledge sharing mechanism for non-communicable diseases and vector borne diseases for CARPHA Member States”. The event was attended by representatives of the English-speaking Caribbean countries and held in Trinidad & Tobago. On the occasion, there was also a workshop at the University of the West Indies (UWI) with the aim of revitalizing the database MEDCARIB. These actions are within the context of the project between BIREME and CARPHA for the development of CARPHA EvIDeNCe Portal.
The Formal Regional Consultation about the International Health Regulations (IHR) was conducted from July 17th to 19th in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The event was coordinated by the PAHO Preparedness for Health Emergencies Program (PHE), under the leadership of Dr Ciro Ugarte and Dr Roberta Andraghetti, in coordination with PAHO/WHO Brazil, and had the support of BIREME in the local organization. More than 80 specialists attended, representing 30 Member Countries of the Organization.
The visit of BIREME Director, Dr Diego González, to the Pan-American Foot and Mouth Disease Center (PANAFTOSA) in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, aimed to strengthen the joint work between PAHO/WHO Specialized Centers located in Brazil that work at regional level. Management of information and scientific and technical knowledge in zoonoses and food-transmitted diseases were also addressed during the visit.
BIREME’s participation in GRADE-CERQual workshop organized by FIOCRUZ office in Brasilia opens the opportunity to expand knowledge on how this methodology can be used in the projects and activities to promote the use of evidence in decision-making in health, such as the networks REBRATS, EVIPNet, and Evidence-informed Policies.
BIREME is launching a video that highlights its historical landmarks, main products and services, and its cooperative and network activities to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The video is an important information source about BIREME and was designed to be shared online as well as in events, meetings, presentations, training courses, and in other occasions worth sharing a brief, but thorough view about BIREME and its trajectory towards democratization of health information.