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BIREME is a virtual hub of health information and resources representative and directed towards the Americas, with an emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean. BIREME promotes and provides equitable, rapid, and efficient access to relevant and up-to-date scientific and technical health information in the Americas.

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The Organization of American States (OAS) was founded in 1948. The Organization’s four main pillars––democracy, human rights, security, and development– support each other and are intertwined through political dialogue, inclusiveness, cooperation, and legal and follow-up instruments that provide the OAS with the tools to maximize its work in the Hemisphere. PAHO is the specialized health agency of the OAS.


The International Labour Organization(ILO) was created in 1919.  The organization seeks to provide better work opportunities for men and women.  Some of its goals are to improve social protection, and support better employment opportunities.  It is the premiere labor organization in the world. PAHO works closely with ILO to improve workers’ health in the Americas.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) was created in 1948.  Its purpose is to contribute to the economic development of Latin American, promote social development in the region and reinforce economic ties among countries in the hemisphere.  ECLAC, PAHO, and other organizations in the Americas cooperate and coordinate efforts to improve working conditions and environments in the Region.

The Cochrane Collaboration Occupational Health Field produces and disseminates evidence-based information on the effectiveness of occupational health interventions. As part of the Cochrane Collaboration, the Occupational Health Field is an international not-for-profit and independent organization dedicated to making up-to-date and accurate information about the effects of workplace interventions readily available worldwide. 

The International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) is an international non-governmental professional society founded in 1906 whose aims are to foster the scientific progress, knowledge and development of occupational health and safety in all its aspects. The ICOH is recognized by the United Nations as a non-governmental organization (NGO) and has close working relationships with ILO, WHO, PAHO, UNEP and ISSA. PAHO is active at the ICOH World Congress on Occupational Safety and Health meeting held once every three years. 

InfoSalud Laboral is a centralized portal for global occupational health and safety information. The website offers bibliographic databases, portals, search engines, and thesauri representing information from scientific journals, newsletters, clinical practice guidelines, and others. Worldwide in scope, InfoSalud Laboral contains links to a variety of occupational health and safety institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean, Canada, the US, and other regions.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:20

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