Creation of the ePORTUGUÊSe network
Created after the Global Forum on Health Research held in Mexico city in November 2004, the ePORTUGUÊSe network is an illustration of how Knowledge Management is being developed in a cooperative way.
The ePORTUGUÊSe was created to support Portuguese-speaking countries to improve their access to a wealth of knowledge and evidence-based health information to improve their health care delivery and enhance their health systems.
It is an example to expand the principles of multilingualism to developing countries and a contribution to reach the Millennium development goals. It came to fulfil a long term demand of health professionals in the African Portuguese-speaking countries who have continually expressed their need for improved access to health information and knowledge in their own language.
Portuguese is the seventh most spoken language in the world with nearly 300 million people distributed through eight countries (Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, and Timor-Leste) spanning four continents covered by four WHO Regional Offices (AFRO, AMRO, EURO and SEARO). It is the third most spoken language in the Western world and the most widely spoken in the southern hemisphere. It is a working language in AFRO and AMRO.
The ePORTUGUÊSe is also committed to build capacity of human resources for health in several areas of knowledge.