The VI Session of the Scientific Committee (SC) of BIREME was held virtually on December 4, with two specific objectives: to position members on the current stage of implementation of the recommendations made by members of previous sessions and to generate an effective exchange with members of the SC to obtain recommendations to improve the visibility and quality of BIREME’s products and services. SC members were unanimous in recognizing the diversity and scope of the products and services developed by the Center and made a series of recommendations. A report of the session will be sent for the Committee’s final knowledge and considerations.
BIREME has participated in the annual meeting of the Global Libraries Group of the World Health Organization (WHO), held in November, presenting this year’s advances in the operation of the WHO Global Index Medicus (GIM) and the search interface of the global literature on COVID -19. GIM offers exclusive access to health evidence and information produced in low- and middle-income countries, whose main objective is to increase access, visibility, use and impact of health information published in these countries and regions.
The development of a Virtual Health Library (VHL) instance for the English Caribbean was the subject of a presentation by BIREME at the ACURIL 2020 Virtual Conference, on November 18th. This VHL will allow integrate efforts and information resources, prioritizing to facilitate access to scientific and technical information for professionals, researchers, students and decision makers in health area in the Caribbean region.
The Brazilian Academic Consortium for Integrative Health (CABSIn) released Evidence Maps on the clinical effectiveness for nine Integrative and Complementary Health Practices (PICS), which were officially launched on November 5 at an online event promoted by the PAHO Office in Brazil and BIREME.
Two series of webinars, one organized by BIREME, whose target audience is the networks of the Virtual Health Library (VHL) and the Libraries of the Unified Health System (BiblioSUS), and another, organized within the framework of the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Latin American Center of Perinatology, Women and Reproductive Health (CLAP/WR), aimed at disseminating scholarly communication topics to audiences other than those who normally participate in workshops and courses. The more the public is familiar with the processes of publishing and disseminating research results, the greater their power to understand and evaluate the information they receive through the media, which increasingly cites scientific sources.
The Latin American Federation of Medical Students’ Societies (FELSOCEM, in its Spanish acronym) held its 35th International Scientific Congress on November 11-14. As with what had happened in previous editions, BIREME had an outstanding participation in the event, with lectures by Diego González, Director of BIREME and Lilian Calò, Coordinator of Scholarly Communication, in addition to a short course on Searching for scientific evidence in health Information sources provided by Rosemeire Pinto, Supervisor of Training and User’s Service.