Dr Jarbas Barbosa da Silva Jr was sworn in as PAHO/WHO Director on January 31 at the Organization of American States headquarters in Washington, D.C., USA. In the presence of authorities from Brazil and the region, Dr Barbosa takes office with a commitment to work to address the historic inequalities among and within countries, and to ensure recovery from the covid-19 pandemic. To this end, his mandate will be based on five strategic pillars.
The foundations of the Open Science Recommendation agreed upon at the 41st United Nations General Conference in November 2021 include (1) making scientific knowledge open, accessible, and reusable for all; (2) increasing scientific collaboration and information sharing for the benefit of science and society; and (3) opening the process of scientific knowledge creation, evaluation, and communication to society beyond the scientific community. These themes constitute the central framework of a new scholarly communication course recently launched by BIREME.
The indigenous peoples of the Yanomami territory are experiencing a humanitarian crisis due to lack of assistance and difficulties in access to health care, which led the Ministry of Health of Brazil, through the Ordinance GM/MS n° 28 of January 20, 2023, to declare a Public Health Emergency of National Importance in the Yanomami Territory. In solidarity with this emergency, BIREME joins the mobilization actions and develops a Showcase of Knowledge in the VHL to facilitate access to scientific evidence and relevant technical information for professionals who work in the confrontation of the emergency.
The technical cooperation activities between the Ministry of Health of Brazil, through the CGDI/SAA/SE and PAHO/WHO through BIREME include the elaboration and improvement of products and services of scientific and technical information that aim to contribute to the development of the research, education, and health care systems. Recently, the cooperation between BIREME and CGDI has found an opportunity to include art allied to cultural and educational projects.
Representatives of BIREME participated in the I Curso Internacional de Bibliotecas Médicas y Promoción Científica, which occurred virtually in January 11-13. The course, promoted by the Unidad de Desarrollo de Investigación, Tecnologías y Docencia del Instituto Nacional de Salud del Niño de San Borja of the Ministry of Health of Peru, aimed to develop skills and competencies in management of medical libraries.
World Leprosy Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in January. In 2023, this international day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the disease and combat stigma and discrimination related to leprosy. The theme of the 2023 campaign is “Act Now. End Leprosy”. Learn about the products and services developed by BIREME that contribute to the scientific and technical knowledge about leprosy dedicated to researchers, health professionals and people living with the disease.