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 An urgent need for Cuba: Information literacy in health
The National Information Center for Medical Sciences-INFOMED defined among its main objectives, facilitate and promote greater capabilities among its members in order to meet the health needs of the country and other developing countries that maintain programs Cuban cooperation in health. By 2015, the goal of 2.0 Infomed become a sustainable social network dedicated to improving the health of Cubans and peoples of the world, making intensive use of information technology and communication to achieve this purpose.

In order to be identified as a priority the training of human resources in the National Health System in core competencies of information. An important step in this direction is the implementation of an "Information Literacy Program," improving the creative capabilities of the members - many of them experts point within the system and the same key players-through courses, workshops, teamwork, and virtual learning environments.

The programme is organised and run within each library, to be the site of the health institution where the management of information and knowledge and where there are the resources needed to be able to access information in its various dimensions, with the participation of information workers, the directors of the institution and health workers.

Between November 2007 and March this year we made in all provinces of information literacy motivational workshops with the participation of mainly library of the network dominate women at 73.7% (304) of a total of 418 individuals included in the same and to discuss among other issues, the contents of the program and its importance for promoting informational culture in society, work in teams, the proper use of information resources for the management of knowledge in health and Big6 as competency model in the handling of information.

These workshops are already replicate in health institutions, which will facilitate the desired outcomes in health workers and their managers, including the urgent need to make informed decisions and lifelong learning in problem solving, motivating them to acquire core competencies proposed by the program and benefiting from health care to the patients and communities they serve, whereas Cuba maintains medical collaboration in the poorer areas of our planet, disadvantaged people groups and where natural disasters have occurred.

Our National Health System accounts at the moment with 488767 workers, 339389 of them are women, representing 69.4% of the total.


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