Cochrane enhances commitment to work with PAHO to strengthen evidence-informed decision-making in the Americas


We are pleased to share that Cochrane has recently signed a formal collaboration agreement with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). 

PAHO is the specialized international health agency for the Americas. It works with countries throughout the region to improve and protect people's health and serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO). 

The collaboration agreement aims to enhance collaboration and networking between Cochrane and PAHO, facilitating joint initiatives. Specifically, the agreement intends to support the production and use of evidence on shared priority topics and to enhance methodological capacity in the region. This will align with and contribute to Cochrane’s forthcoming Scientific Strategy. 


Earlier this year, Cochrane’s Editor in Chief, Dr Karla Soares-Weiser, met with the Director of PAHO, Dr Jarbas Barbosa, and Assistant Director Dr Rhonda Sealey-Thomas at the WHO Executive Board meeting. During the meeting, they discussed how collaborative efforts under this new agreement could advance mutual strategic objectives. 

Cochrane has a long history of working with PAHO to support health decision-making in the Americas, primarily through the provision of training, workshops and expert advice by Cochrane groups and contributors. The new collaboration agreement aims to build on and enhance this longstanding relationship to address current and future health challenges facing the region. 

Cochrane’s CEO, Catherine Spencer, expressed her enthusiasm for this next phase of the partnership: “This new agreement is a major step forward in strengthening Cochrane’s relationship with PAHO. We are eager to leverage Cochrane’s expertise to support PAHO in addressing the key health challenges affecting the Americas, enhancing the relevance and impact of our work.”

Friday, June 28, 2024