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April 2006

Newsletter VHL 042 28/April/2006

ISSN 1809-6859

Cooperation involving SciELO and VHL motivates visit of the Bulletin of the WHO Editor to BIREME

Hooman Momen, from the Knowledge Management Area of the WHO, visited BIREME/PAHO/WHO on April 6, 2006. Together with Abel Packer, Director, and the BIREME staff, he aimed to analyze the progress of cooperation in scientific communication on public health under development in both institutions. New lines of action were also discussed, including disseminating WHO books published in electronic format, the improving of the Bulletin of the WHO publishing in the SciELO, and inserting the VHL in the project regarding the World History of Health, leaded by the WHO
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PAHO promotes Vaccination Week in the Americas

This year, 39 countries and territories from the American hemisphere will be involved in actions that characterize the campaign - Vaccination Week in the Americas, to take place in April 22-29. It is an annual initiative coordinated by PAHO, the WHO Regional Office for the Americas, with cooperation from its Centers and Offices in the countries of the Region. Created to reduce the occurrence of vaccine-preventable diseases, the campaign main slogan is "Because vaccination is an act of love"
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National Forum of the VHL Paraguay gathers 100 health sector representatives

The city of Asuncion, in Paraguay, hosted the National Forum of the VHL Paraguay, on April 18, 2006. The theme addressed was "Open access to information promotes equity" and it was supported and coordinated by the INS. The Director of INS, Dr. Josť MarŪn Massolo, participated in the event. The Forum gathered more than 100 representatives of over 40 health institutions, including the PAHO Country Office in Paraguay, by Dr. Carmem Rosa Serrano, PWR and BIREME/PAHO/WHO group, represented by Veronica Abdala, SCI Manager
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Article on the current physician-patient relations, highlights qualified information access and mentions BIREME

The cover issue of the magazine Veja, issue 1952, of April 19, 2006, analyses patients that nowadays go to medical appointments and have already researched information on their condition, due to the development of the Internet. This new situation demands access to updated, certified and safe sources of information, which are provided in appropriate languages for different publics. This ensures understanding and sharing of decisions at several levels. This is a great challenge for healthcare professionals since it requires continuous updating. For BIREME/PAHO/WHO, that coordinates the VHL, SciELO and ScienTI Networks and was mentioned in the article as the largest library of health information in Latin Americas, certainly contributes to the strengthening of the physician-patient relations
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Advances of the VHL Argentina stand out in an event in Buenos Aires

On April 17 2006, Buenos Aires hosted the 7th edition of the Argentinean Seminars on Health Sciences and Environment Libraries, organized and promoted by the National Academy of Medicine (coordinator of RENICS), ABGRA, GRINSA, and the PAHO Country Office in Argentina. In the opening session, Virginia Garrote, of the Central Library of the Italian Hospital of Buenos Aires, reported on the participation of a group from Argentina in the CRICS7 / ICML9 / VHL4), held in Brazil. She stressed the speech of Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, PAHO Director, regarding the importance of the VHS in disseminating scientific technical information on health in the countries
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VHL Toxicology is under consolidation after meeting of its Advisory Committee

The VHL Toxicology Brazil, a model of national VHL thematic area, is under consolidation considering the adoption of the recommendations for its development and strengthening, as indicated in the first meeting of its Advisory Committee in 2006, held in March 10, at BIREME/PAHO/WHO. The next actions will focus on developing sources of communication of the VHL TOX, by establishing the Virtual Community VHL TOX and its functionalities, as well as implementing the integrating components of the VHL model - the trilingual vocabulary DeCS and LIS (site locator). The VHL TOX is one of the activities in the context of the agreement signed between ANVISA and BIREME, in its fifth consecutive year
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