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Ref.No. [Initiator]
CUB-19 [AMRO]
Status
Discontinued
Title of the centre:
  WHO Collaborating Centre for the Development of the Virtual Health Library

Director / Head: 
  Sra. Damiana Martin
 




Institution:
 
  Centro Nacional de Información de Ciencias Médicas
Address:
  Calle 27 No. 110 entre m y, N, Vedado -
 
 
Town:
  La Habana
Country:
  CUBA
Region:
  AMRO
Phone:
  (53-7) 832 4402 / 832 2004
Fax:
  (53-7) 833 3063
Web Site:
  http://www.sld.cu
Date of Designation:
  07/Jul/2005
Last Redesignation:
  09/Jul/2009
Date of Discontinuation:
  06/Aug/2013
Terms of Reference:
  1. Technical cooperation in the development of the Virtual Health Library, emphasizing on Caribbean and Central America countries: a) promotion of the Virtual Health Library conceptual model for Health information and knowledge management; b) assist in the development of national plans for the VHL construction; c) training human resources in the VHL methodology at managerial and technical levels; d) assistance in the development, operation and evaluation of information sources in the VHL; e) promotion of a common practice in adopting the VHL model. 
  2. Development of human resources specialized in information and knowledge management: a) implementing a program of internship in health information and knowledge management; b) offering an annual distance course in health information and knowledge management. 
  3. Cooperation with BIREME in new VHL methodologies and technologies to promote equitable access to health information: a) research on and creation of VHL new methodological and technological components, on the basis of web services suitable for the conditions of this region; b) evaluation, adaptation and application of the methodological and technological components available worldwide for managing digital collections and incorporating them into the VHL; c) promoting an interactive model between users and information resources, through the development of a social platform based on web trends; d) setting together with BIREME common practice in relation to VHL methodological and technological problems. 
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Subjects:
  1. Library services & publishing 
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Types of activity:
  1. Collection and collation of information 
  2. Product development (guidelines; manual; methodologies; etc.) 
  3. Training and education 
WHO Outputs:
  Ower: 10.7 - Knowledge management and eHealth policies and strategies developed and implemented in order to strengthen health systems.
  Ower: 10.4 - Country health-information systems that provide and use high-quality and timely information for health planning and for monitoring progress towards national and major international goals strengthened.
 
Responsible Officer:
  TARDELLI Adalberto Otranto
Phone:
 
Email:
  tardelli@who.int

Technical Counterpart:
  ROBERTS Ian Francis
Phone:
  +41 22 79 12074
Email:
  robertsi@who.int
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
  Link to eWork