PAHO and Campbell Collaboration to promote evidence-informed decisions

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The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Campbell Collaboration agreed to promote joint actions to promote the development and integration of relevant research about social policies related to health systems and services, in the region of the Americas. The agreement will be in force for five years.

Both organizations committed to collaborate on improving the quality and availability of research that guides decisions relevant to health systems and social determinants of health, especially those relevant towards achieving universal health and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The cooperation agreement, signed on 10 April by PAHO’s Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, and the Chief Executive Officer of Campbell Collaboration, Dr. Howard White, points out that it will seek to share strategic knowledge on research integration, collaborate in developing incentives to promote needed research, and develop joint initiatives. These initiatives include work on evidence-gap maps on health systems research in low and middle income countries, needs assessments, systematic reviews on complex issues, scientific events, policy and agenda consultations, aligning funding with research agendas, and awards promoting needed health systems research. 

"Our cooperation under this agreement is a chance to pilot emerging ideas of how to develop the evidence architecture, which will generate demand to produce and use reviews from Campbell and Cochrane," said a very excited Campbell CEO, Howard White.

This agreement should facilitate the application of scientific evidence within health systems policies and the integration of research knowledge in plans to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030, and universal health.

“We are excited about the possibilities this agreement offers such as facilitating the prioritization, production and use of the research knowledge that eases the path of our Member States towards universal health, and supports them in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals," writes Dr. Luis Gabriel Cuervo, Senior Advisor at the Department of Health Systems and Services, PAHO.

Following the signature of this agreement, both Organizations have been preparing a joint workplan that will focus on research needs assessments for Latin America and the Caribbean to progress on universal health and the Sustainable Development Goals, developing evidence maps, aligning the agendas with funding, and advancing the knowledge brokering infrastructure to facilitate the integration of research with decisions on health systems policies.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) works with the countries of the Americas to improve the health and quality of life of its population. Founded in 1902, it is the oldest international public health organization in the world. It acts as the regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO) and is the specialized health agency of the inter-American system.

To learn more about PAHO/WHO you can visit their website, or watch their interesting video called “Art for Research” which is introduced by Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of PAHO. In her introduction, Dr. Etienne points out the importance of evidence and health research in sustainable development work. 

Photos courtesy of PAHO, (CC BY-NC 2.0), cropped for use here:
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2. Ciclo de vida del mosquito, by Joshua E. Cogan. 

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