World Health Day is celebrated every year on April 7, to commemorate the founding of the World Health Organization and to raise awareness of health-related issues. The theme of this year's celebration is nursing professionals and all health teams, for their heroic dedication and sacrifice in the global fight to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The analysis of access statistics, utilizing the Google Analytics service as a data source, to the information resources on COVID-19 available at the Virtual Health Library (VHL) show that BIREME is fulfilling its mission during the pandemic and help to demonstrate the response of its technical cooperation in the face of a global health emergency.
Twenty-two years ago, on the 4th Regional Congress on Health Sciences Information (CRICS4) held in San José, Costa Rica, and through the San José Declaration “Hacia la Biblioteca Virtual en Salud”, a model of health information and knowledge management was born. The Virtual Health Library (VHL), coordinated by BIREME, structures and guides the development of products, services and initiatives based on cooperative, decentralized and networked work.
No Dia do Bibliotecário no Brasil, 12 de março, a BIREME homenageia os bibliotecários que integram sua equipe e das redes BVS e LILACS, bem como os pontos focais da OPAS dedicados à gestão da informação e do conhecimento.
On March 3, 1967, BIREME/PAHO/WHO was established in Brazil through its 1st Maintenance Agreement, formalized between PAHO/WHO and the Government of Brazil represented by national institutions, of which, to the present date, the Ministry of Health remains as one of the main institutional supporters of the Center. As of 2010, BIREME relies on its Statute, which, through its two Governance Committees, has members and experts from Latin America and the Caribbean countries. It has been 53 years contributing to the access to information and knowledge in health for several other countries besides those in the Region of the Americas. The Virtual Health Library Network and its main sources of information, the Latin American Literature on Health Sciences (LILACS) and Health Science Descriptors (DeSC), information and scientific communication products and services continue to characterize and strengthen BIREME's mission.