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BIREME and the VHL: Two pilars of the eHealth Strategy

Virtual libraries, collaborative spaces, specialized dictionaries, directories, and full texts are but some of the information sources that comprise the Virtual Health Library (VHL), regionally and globally coordinated by BIREME, the PAHO/WHO Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information.


Adalberto Tardelli, BIREME Director, PAHO/WHO


New Mobile Phone-based Cholera Surveillance and Control System in Haiti

foto PAHO/WHO has developed a system that uses SMS text messaging to facilitate cholera surveillance and control in Haiti and other countries in the Americas. The SYMO information transmission system is a response to the challenge of accessing and collecting scattered information in remote areas. Read more...

News on the media



President of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition talks about the "Get the Message" mHealth campaign.

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In Other Regions of WHO

WHO and other collaborating organizations launch publication that promotes access to medical technologies and innovation.



Recommended Readings

App of the month

appHealthmap: Outbreaks Near Me

The app provides the latest real-time disease outbreak information. It provides access to outbreak reports on the interactive map, and enables the user to create alerts and to report new outbreaks in the area.

HealthMap content is aggregated from several sources, including WHO and other United Nations Agencies. It has been developed by Children Hospital Boston with funding and support from National Library of Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Canadian Institutes of Health Research,, and others.

Read more....



  • Grant: Technological Improvements to Data Collection in National Institute of Diabetes and digestive and Kidney Diseases Clinical Studies. National Institutes of Health.
    Closing Date: 7 January 2016

  • Course: Health Management Information Systems. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Scool of Public Health.

  • Challenge: Mobilizing Data for Pressure Ulcer Prevention Challenge. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
    Closing Date: 29 April 2013

  • Call: FACA Workgroup Membership Application. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
    Closing Date: 30 June 2013

eHealth Experience: "Get the Message" Campaign in the Caribbean

The mHealth initiative called Get The Message Campaign aimed to educate, inform and advocate throughout the Caribbean region for the greater awareness on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and in support of the United Nations High Level Meeting on NCDs, held September 2011, with the hope that the meeting would bring additional resources to the Caribbean for the prevention and treatments of these diseases. The Get The Message Campaign was developed by the Healthy Caribbean Coalition with support from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization and other private and public institutions.

Building on the success of Get The Message, the Healthy Caribbean Coalition intends to continue to use the model of mobile phone advocacy as one of its pillars of strategically improving the awareness on NCDs throughout the region and intends to replicate this program outside of the English speaking region. It also intends to develop other models of mHealth advocacy to be launched in 2013 specifically aimed at cervical cancer.




Tercer Simposium de Telemedicina
21-22 March 2013
Medellín, Colombia

The Global Health & Innovation Conference
13-14 April 2013
Connecticut, EE.UU.

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