The VHL as strategy to equity in health
The VHL network is oriented to create, strengthen and develop capacities and national infrastructures of technical and scientific information, with the aim of providing equitable access to knowledge, and updated scientific evidence.
The significant increase of the international positioning indicators of scientific production of Latin America and Caribbean and the access to global information flows confirms the strategic character of VHL to promote equity in health in the region. These indicators show the progressive use of information and knowledge by the increasingly wide and diverse publics of the health area, including managers and decision makers, professionals of health care services, researchers, teachers, students and the general public.
The VHL exceeds the limits of Latin America and the Caribbean region and consolidates as a global model of technical cooperation in health information, being adopted particularly in south-south cooperation in order to contribute to the integration between partners in developing countries located in the southern hemisphere. Likewise, it collaborates with developing regions through its association with other initiatives and information networks in those regions
The network cooperative work for the production of information sources through the systematic cooperation among local, global and national institutions added to the decentralization of management mechanisms result in a collective construction of the VHL. This collective character ensures that the VHL operates autonomously being preserved in relation to political and institutional changes of the different national contexts, constituting a public good.
The VHL aligned to the mission of PAHO of information democratization to achieve the goal “Health for all”, is a strategic element for the promotion of equity in health and improving of living conditions of people in the Americas.