The importance of bibliographic control was the subject of the second VHL and BiblioSUS Networks Webinar
Continuing the series Strengthening Health Information Networks, the second webinar of the Virtual Health Library Network (VHL Network) and BiblioSUS Network was held on July 29, with the theme “The importance of bibliographic control in the health area: expanding visibility and access”, which was presented by three experienced information science professionals directly involved in the management of the VHL databases.
The campaign theme for this year’s World Hepatitis Day is “Hepatitis Free Future”. In May 2016, the World Health Assembly endorsed the Global Health Sector Strategy (GHSS) on viral hepatitis, which proposes to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030 (defined as 90% reduction in incidence and 65% reduction in mortality with regards to hepatitis B and C). Hepatitis prevention and care services are essential even during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The PAHO/WHO Department of Evidence and Intelligence for Action in Health (EIH) uses information and knowledge generated in LA&C and globally to build innovative products and services that aim at supporting evidence-based policies and sound decisions on public health at regional and global level. The series of webinars called ‘EIH Space’ recently brought up the theme ‘Role of EIH in global knowledge management’, which focused on the Global Index Medicus, a WHO initiative supported by BIREME that brings together in a single platform the world literature in biomedicine and public health produced by low- and middle-income countries. Its main objective is to increase the visibility and use of this important set of resources.
The Self-Learning Course on Scholarly Communication in Health Sciences hosted at the PAHO/WHO Virtual Campus for Public Health was launched in November 2019 with the aim of promoting the publication of research results in Latin American and Caribbean countries. The course attracted great interest; since its launch, more than 9,000 people have signed up and more than 4,000 completed the training, mainly young nursing professionals and physicians.
We regretfully share the notice of demise of Jorge Veiga del Cabo, who was director of the Biblioteca Nacional de Ciencias de la Salud – Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII) between 1998 and 2005, a period in which, in cooperation with BIREME, he promoted historic progress in information and scientific communication in health in Spain, with the creation of the Spain VHL and the SciELO Spain collection.