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Portal Regional da BVS

Portal Regional da BVS

Virtual Health Library (VHL = BVS) – integrated search with LILACS and VHL databases


About the VHL

The Virtual Health Library (VHL) was established in 1998 as a model, strategy and operating platform for technical cooperation of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for management of health information and knowledge in the LA&C Region.

The VHL is a Network of Networks built collectively and coordinated by BIREME. It is developed, by principle, in a decentralized manner by national instances (Argentina VHL, Brazil VHL etc.) and thematic networks of institutions related to research, education and health services (Nursing VHL, VHL Ministry of Health etc.).

To learn more about the VHL Model please visit http://red.bvsalud.org/en/


About the Portal

The VHL Regional Portal is an integrated space of health information sources that promotes the democratization and expansion of access to scientific and technical information in health in Latin America and the Caribbean (LA&C). It is developed and operated by BIREME in three languages (English, Portuguese and Spanish).

The VHL applies the integrated search interface iAHx with filter resources, results exportation, advanced search and interoperation with thesauri DeCS/MeSH.


About the Collection

The collection of information sources of the Portal consists of bibliographic databases produced by the VHL Network, such as LILACS, Medline, and other types of information sources, such as open educational resources, websites and scientific events.

The information sources are selected according to criteria approved by the VHL Network. The index is updated weekly through harvesting of metadata from the collection of information sources.

Access the full list of VHL information sources at VHL Collection

To learn more about the criteria of selection of the collection access here (in portuguese)



The Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information (BIREME/PAHO/WHO) is a specialized PAHO center whose mission is to contribute to development of health in LA&C countries through the democratization of access, publishing and use of information, knowledge and scientific evidence.

To learn more about BIREME please access http://www.paho.org/bireme (in portuguese)