English Caribbean

The Network

MEDCARIB - Health Sciences Literature of the English Caribbean

Medical Sciences Library
Faculty of Medical Sciences
The University of the West Indies
Ayaana Alleyne-Cumberbatch


Cooperating Centers  

Caribbean VHL Instances

VHL Belize - Belize National Library Service and Information System


VHL Guyana - University of Guyana Library and the Ministry of Health


VHL Trinidad and Tobago (out of service) - Medical Sciences Library, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies


VHL Puerto Rico - Biblioteca Conrado F. Asenjo, Recinto de Ciencias Medicas, Universidad de Puerto Rico

Products & Services

MEDCARIB - is a bibliographic database of health science information in the Caribbean English-speaking countries. The database includes documents such as books, book chapters, theses, technical reports, conference proceedings, journal articles, and grey literature. 

CARPHA Evidence Portal - is a continuously updated repository of research, syntheses and Caribbean policy-relevant documents. The Portal includes clinical, population health and health systems research but excludes basic/biomedical research. The types of syntheses included are evidence briefs for policy, rapid syntheses, overviews of systematic reviews, systematic reviews and economic evaluations. The policy relevant documents originate from the CARPHA, CARPHA Member States and the World Health Organization. The EvIDeNCe portal also includes a guided overview of sources of Caribbean data, pre-appraised research evidence and other types of information, tools, resources and training material to support evidence-informed decision-making.

Belize Database - National literature from Belize on health sciences

Guyana Library Catalog – National literature from Guyana on health sciences

The MEDCARIB in Action

Acuril_2020ACURIL 2020 (18-19 Nov) - BIREME presents "VHL: a Caribbean integration effort" as proposal for the development of a VHL Instance for the English Caribbean, as a strategy for integrating efforts and information resources, prioritizing to facilitate the access to scientific and technical information for professionals, researchers, students and decision makers interested in, acting on, or making decisions on health area in the Caribbean region.


Acuril_2019ACURIL 2019 (June) - Virtual workshop “New Cataloguing Data Entry Competencies for VHL in the Caribbean". Márcia Y. Barretto, Coordinator of Information Technology Infrastructure of the Administrative Management (ITI/GA) of BIREME, organized the content and virtually held the workshop that took place on June 2nd. Ms. Barreto presented the FI-Admin tool for the entry of new records for databases that follow the LILACS Methodology. Fourteen representatives of the four languages of the Caribbean (Spanish, English, French, and Dutch) participated in the workshop, 11 of them in person. Members of the MedCarib Network were also among the participants.



  • Oct./2013 - Belice participa del 1° Curso a distancia en Metodología LILACS para la Red MedCarib.
  • Maio/2012 - Fué firmado un Memorando de Entendimento entre el Comité Consultivo de la BVS Belize e instituciones parceras para ampliar y fortalecer el flujo de información científica en salud por medio de la BVS.


  • Jun./2017 - La coordinación de la BVS Guyana participa del evento ACURIL en Puerto Rico, donde se presentó la BVS y se comemoró los 50 aniversário de BIREME.
  • Maio/2013 - Participación de BIREME en el 58th Annual CHRC/CARPHA Scientific Conference en Barbados
  • Maio/2013 - Taller para bibliotecarios acerca de las metodologías de la BVS
  • Mar./2012 - Taller para el equipo de la BVS Guyana - capacitar bibliotecários, profesionales de salud y de ciencias de la información en las metodologías de la BVS (metodología LILACS y LILDBI) y en la busqueda por literatura especializada en la Biblioteca Virtual en Salud y redes asociadas.
  • Mar./2012 - Lanzamiento oficial de la BVS Guiana con la presencia de autoridades de la OPS, de BIREME y del Ministério de Salud del país.
  • Oct./2011 - BIREME ministra capacitación en línea de indización en LILACS para profesionales de la BVS Guyana

Trinidad y Tobago

  • Jun./2017 – Participantes del proyecto CARPHA EvIDeNCe se reunen en Port of Spain - Trinidad y Tobago. BIREME participa de la reunión.

VHL Regional Portal – visits from English Caribbean