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May 2006

Newsletter VHL 043 05/May/2006

ISSN 1809-6859

SciELO Network was presented at a Scientific Event in the Caribbean

BIREME/PAHO/WHO participated in some activities during the 51st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Caribbean Health Research Council (CHRC), which took place in St Kitts & Nevis, a country-island in the Caribbean, on April 28-29, 2006. Regina Castro, Coordinator of Scientific Communication in Health (CCS) represented BIREME and in specific meetings, she presented, SciELO and also referred to the ScienTI Network, as alternatives for the health research strengthening in the Region
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VHL Stations strengthen access to information and decision-making processes at the Health Secretariats in Brazil

On May 3rd, 2006, was launched at the Instituto Adolfo Lutz, institution of SES-SP the first VHL Station of the 14 stations planned for 2006. There were present at the event representatives of the project support organizations, Márcia Rollemberg, Coordinator of the CGDI/MS, Elias Antônio Jorge, Coordinator of the DES/MS, Ricardo Oliva, Deputy Secretary of the SES SP, Carlos Adalberto Sannazzaro, Director of the Instituto Adolfo Lutz, Abel L. Packer, Director of the BIREME and members of their teams. The local authorities also participated of the event, which had approximately 80 participants. Up to the end of 2006 will be implemented 27 VHL Stations, covering all the national territory, including the Federal District
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SciELO Peru collection adds five more scientific journals

The SciELO Peru is a joint initiative of CONCYTEC, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and PAHO Representative Office in Peru that is part of the SciELO Network coordinated by BIREME/PAHO/WHO. The objective of the collection is to publish online in open access modality a quality collection of Peruvian scientific journals in health with the purpose to improve progressively its visibility, accessibility, quality, use and impact.
In the beginning of 2006, it registers the addition of five new journals, totaling then thirteen health science journals in the SciELO Peru Collection.
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The VHL Adolescents and Youth keeps going under consolidation

The Virtual Health Library Adolescents and Youth Brazil (VHL-Adolec), is a model of national thematic VHL under consolidation, considering the recent analyses and recommendations for its development and strengthening, observed during the 5th Meeting of its Advisory Committee, held on first trimester of 2006 at BIREME/PAHO/WHO. The VHL Adolec Brazil complies with the thematic VHL for LA&C, promoting cooperative and decentralized operation of the network of sources of scientific and technical information on adolescence and youth health in the Internet. It has important initiatives in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and El Salvador
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Health-related journals also publish articles on scientific communication

The health-related journals also publish articles on scientific communication issues, such as authorship, conflicts of interest, scientific production, and bibliometric indicators, among others that may be retrieved in the databases MEDLINE, LILACS and SciELO. The area of Scientific Communication in Health of the VHL has subsets of these databases. In April 2006, a search in these subsets indicated 2,751 records in LILACS and 49,530 in the MEDLINE (1976-2006). Two factors may have contributed to such awareness
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“Scientific Information and knowledge in the evaluation of the health risks” was a subject discussed in a seminar in Fortaleza

The Escola de Saúde Pública do Ceará [Public Health School] in a partnership with the Núcleo de Vigilância Sanitária da SESA, promoted on April 26, 2006, the Seminar “Risk surveillance in promotion and protection of human health”. The Seminar was part of the 5th Specialization Course in Health Surveillance Management of the ESP/CE and was coordinated by Alice Maria Correa Pequeno Marinho, of the ESP/CE, and Diana Carmem de Almeida Nunes, coordinator of the NUVIS/SESA. Among the participants, there were Raquel Rigotto, of the UFC, Josep Lluis de Peray Baiges, Department of Health, General Public Health Coordination of Catalonia, Spain, Verônica Abdala, manager of the SCI and Rogério da Costa, manager of MTI, represented BIREME/PAHO/WHO
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