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  • International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, Volume 26, Issue 2
  • April 2010, pp. 229-232

EVIPNet Africa's first series of policy briefs to support evidence-informed policymaking

  • John N. Lavis (a1) and Ulysses Panisset (a2)
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  • Published online: 15 April 2010

EVIPNet (Evidence-Informed Policy Network) Africa—a network of World Health Organization (WHO)-sponsored knowledge-translation (KT) platforms in seven sub-Saharan African countries—was launched at a meeting in Brazzaville, Congo, in March 2006 (1;2). EVIPNet Africa can trace its origins to resolutions from both the Ministerial Summit on Health Research (November 2004) and the World Health Assembly (May 2005) (10;11), the spirit of which was re-affirmed at the Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health (November 2008) (13). The World Health Assembly called for “establishing or strengthening mechanisms to transfer knowledge in support of evidence-based public health and health care delivery systems and evidence-based related policies” (10). EVIPNet Africa can trace its inspiration to a more local development: the preparatory work that led to the establishment of the East African Community–sponsored Regional East African Community Health (REACH) Policy initiative, a KT platform involving Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda (and more recently Burundi and Rwanda as well). REACH Policy is now part of the EVIPNet Africa family.

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1.EVIPNet Americas Secretariat. EVIPNet Americas: Informing policies with evidence. Lancet. 2008;372:11301131.

2.M Hamid , T Bustamante-Manaog , VD Truong , EVIPNet: Translating the spirit of Mexico. Lancet. 2005;366:17581760.

4.JN Lavis . How can we support the use of systematic reviews in policymaking? PLoS Med. 2009;6:e1000141.

6.JN Lavis , J Lomas , M Hamid , NK Sewankambo . Assessing country-level efforts to link research to action. Bull World Health Organ. 2006;84:620628.

7.JN Lavis , AD Oxman , J Grimshaw , SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP) 7: Finding systematic reviews. Health Res Policy Syst. 2009;7 (Suppl 1): S7.

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