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December 2009

Newsletter VHL 095 28/December/2009

ISSN 1809-6859

LILACS achieves half million records

Attaining the record of half million indexed documents in 2009 strengthens the LILACS as a bibliographic index, reference of scientific and technical production in health of Latin America and the Caribbean. LILACS is operated in the VHL network, with the participation of over 800 cooperating institutions from 39 countries. The tendency is to keep the increasing records, as well as the number of documents available in full text
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VHL Stations in Brazil: 14 new units installed in 2009

As from 2005, the VHL Stations have been established in all Brazilian states, summing up 69 units throughout the country after the opening of 14 stations in 2009. These stations provide equipment and trained professionals, enable digital and informational inclusion of health teams in hospitals and municipal health secretariats, among other institutions and thus expand access to and use of information sources of VHL. The VHL Stations result from a partnership between the Ministry of Health and PAHO, through BIREME/PAHO/WHO
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New VHL Peru portal is launched

A new version of the portal of the VHL Peru was presented during the VHL Week, held in the capital city of Lima, in October 2009. In addition to conferences and trainings that built up the VHL in the country, a meeting of the SciELO Peru editors took place in the event. The VHL Peru Week was organized by the National Technical Committee of the VHL, and supported by PAHO/WHO Representation in Peru and by BIREME/PAHO/WHO
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VHL SDH renews the theme sustainable development and health

A project of renewal, strengthening and expansion of the VHL Sustainable Development and Health (VHL SDH) has been established by PAHO/WHO, through cooperation between its area of Sustainable Development and Environment (SDE) and BIREME/PAHO/WHO. The project counts on the active cooperation of professionals and institutions that are reference in this field. The First Meeting of the Advisory Committee and the Meeting of PAHO Collaborating Centers represented a landmark in the advance of this project
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Mexico promotes the development of the VHL

The Centro de Información para Decisiones en Salud Pública (CENIDSP) of the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (INSP) resumed the development of the VHL Mexico in an online event in November 2009, with the support of PAHO/WHO, through its Representative Office in Mexico and BIREME/PAHO/WHO. A priority at the moment is to broaden the involvement and participation of health institutions in the country, by accessing, collecting as well as publishing the scientific production of Mexico
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EVIPNet Americas advances in 6 Latin American countries

The EVIPNet Americas Program, leaded by PAHO/WHO, organized a workshop about the development of policy briefs in Santiago, Chile, in October. It was attended by professionals from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay and PAHO/WHO – Headquarters, Representative in Chile and BIREME. The participants discussed and prepared policy briefs for informed policies in public health and used scientific evidence research, with the support of BIREME/PAHO/WHO
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