The Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information, also known by its original name Biblioteca Regional de Medicina (BIREME – Regional Library of Medicine), is a specialized center of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), oriented to technical cooperation in health scientific information. The Center was located on the central campus of the Universidade Federal de São Paulo since its inception in 1967, according to an agreement between PAHO and the Government of Brazil. Since March 2016, it is located at Rua Vergueiro 1759, 12th floor, 04101-000, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
The mission of BIREME is to contribute to the development of health in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean through the democratization of access, publication and use of scientific information, knowledge and evidence.
The main groundwork for BIREME’s existence is the following:
- Access to scientific and technical health information, which is essential to the development of research, education and healthcare systems;
- The need for technical cooperation in order to develop and strengthen national and regional capacities and infrastructure for scientific and technical information in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, in accordance with the international state of the art;
- The need to increase, in a sustainable way, visibility, accessibility, dissemination, use and impact of scientific information generated at national, regional and global levels.