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GENEVA, Switzerland, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - On January 24, 2011, the World
Health Organization (WHO) awarded The Cochrane Collaboration a seat on
the World Health Assembly allowing the Collaboration to provide input
on WHO health resolutions.
The Cochrane Collaboration was accepted as a Non-Governmental
Organization in Official Relations with the WHO at the WHO's Executive
Board meeting, establishing a partnership with formalized communication
between the two organizations.
"The Cochrane Collaboration has been working with the WHO in various
capacities for many years and I am delighted to have seen this grow
into an official partnership," says Dr. Jeremy Grimshaw, co-chair of
The Cochrane Collaboration's Steering Group, director of the Canadian
Cochrane Centre, and Canada Research Chair in Health Knowledge Transfer
and Uptake. "The WHO and various groups within the Collaboration have
embarked on successful evidence-based health projects in the past and I
know this will persist as we continue to strengthen this partnership."
One of the significant joint projects the WHO and The Cochrane
Collaboration have developed is the WHO Reproductive Health Library (http://apps.who.int/rhl/en/). This is an electronic journal covering sexual and reproductive health
produced by the WHO's Department of Reproductive Health and Research
using the best available evidence from Cochrane Reviews. This
initiative has helped millions of women and babies in developing
countries through practice recommendations on newborn health, pregnancy
and childbirth, and sexually transmitted infections. One such
recommendation is the elimination of the routine use of episiotomies
(cutting the skin and muscle surrounding the vagina) during childbirth
which often leads to perineal trauma, infection and painful
"Formulating an official partnership with an influential institute such
as the World Health Organization is an honour. This speaks volumes
about the work of Cochrane in evidence-based health care," adds
"The Cochrane Collaboration provides an international benchmark for the
independent assessment and assimilation of scientific evidence. It is a
leading producer of high quality systematic reviews in health care,"
says Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director General of Innovation
Information Evidence and Research at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva.
"WHO has been working with The Cochrane Collaboration for several years
and is looking forward to formalizing what has already been a very
Cochrane Canada has been particularly helpful in building this
partnership through its continued efforts with the WHO. The Canadian
based Cochrane and Campbell Equity Methods Group received funding from
the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to work with REACH (Regional
East African Community Health Initiative) co-ordinators to assess the
effectiveness of knowledge translation strategies to promote the use of
malaria prevention plans, which will be published as a Cochrane Review.
As well, the group works very closely with The WHO Collaborating Centre
for Knowledge Translation and Health Technology Assessment in Health
Equity to address issues of equity, knowledge translation and health
technology assessment, including an Equity Methods Group evaluation of
EVIPNet (Evidence-Informed Policy Network for Better Decision-Making)
in the Americas. Additionally, the Canadian Cochrane Centre's (CCC)
formalized partnership with the Pan American Health Organization allows
for the provision of webinar software enabling the CCC to provide
online author and evidence utilization training in the Americas.
The partnership will allow The Cochrane Collaboration to significantly
influence the way research evidence is created and used by the WHO by
improving the collection of reliable health information and promoting
intersectoral collaboration and high-quality research to produce the
necessary evidence to ensure policies in all sectors contribute to
improving health and health equity.
Current plans for The Cochrane Collaboration and the World Health
Organization include the development of the WHO Library of Evidence for
Nutrition Interventions (ELENI). Cochrane contributors have identified
relevant Cochrane Reviews and updated or conducted new Cochrane Reviews
in response to the WHO's priorities. This will facilitate the
development of sound, evidence-based guidelines on nutrition issues
relevant to WHO Member States and other partners.
SOURCE The Cochrane Collaboration
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