Cochrane News

Cochrane seeks Managing Editor in UK, Germany or Denmark

5 days 15 hours ago

Title: Managing Editor
Specifications: 12 Months Fixed Term Contract (x 3 posts)
Salary: £42,000 per annum
Location: UK, Germany or Denmark – Remote/Flexible
Directorate: Evidence Production & Method
Closing date: 26 July, 2024

Cochrane is an international charity. For 30 years we have responded to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesising research findings and our work has been recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

Cochrane's strength is in its collaborative, global community. We have 110,000+ members and supporters around the world. Though we are spread out across the globe, our shared passion for health evidence unites us. Our Central Executive Team supports this work and is divided into five directorates: Evidence Production and Methods, Publishing and Technology, Development, Chief Executive Office and Finance and Corporate Services.

Reporting to the Senior Managing Editor and working with members of the Editorial Production and Methods Directorate, the role holder will need to have good awareness of Cochrane guidance for different types of standard and complex systematic reviews (intervention, qualitative, diagnostic test accuracy, prognosis, rapid and overview), plan how they will need to be handled in their team, and work to ensure that deadlines are met. The role holder will also be required to ensure that pilots aimed at innovating the editorial process can be supported as needed.

Don’t have every single qualification? We know that some people are less likely to apply for a job unless they are a perfect match. At Cochrane, we’re not looking for “perfect matches.” We’re looking to welcome people to our diverse, inclusive, and passionate workplace. So, if you’re excited about this role but don’t have every single qualification, we encourage you to apply anyway. Whether it’s this role or another one, you may be just the right candidate.

Our organization is built on four core values:

Collaboration: Underpins everything we do, locally and globally.

Relevant: The right evidence at the right time in the right format.

Integrity: Independent and transparent.

Quality: Reviewing and improving what we do, maintaining rigour and trust.

You can expect:

  • An opportunity to truly impact health globally.
  • A flexible work environment
  • A comprehensive onboarding experiences.
  • An environment where people feel welcome, heard, and included, regardless of their differences.

Cochrane welcomes applications from a wide range of perspectives, experiences, locations, and backgrounds; diversity, equity and inclusion are key to our values.

How to apply

  • For further information on the role and how to apply, please click here.
  • The deadline to receive your application is 26 July 2024.
  • The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements, using specific examples. 
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Friday, July 19, 2024 Category: Jobs
Muriah Umoquit

Cochrane Hong Kong: Advancing evidence-based healthcare in Asia

2 weeks 1 day ago

Cochrane's strength lies in its collaborative, global community. Cochrane Geographic Groups represent Cochrane in their host countries, advocating for the use of Cochrane evidence in health policy and practice, and supporting Cochrane's members and supporters locally. Here, we spotlight the impactful work of Cochrane Hong Kong, dedicated to increasing the use of best evidence to inform healthcare decision-making across China and neighbouring regions.

Cochrane Hong Kong, officially established in 2019, is situated at The Nethersole School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. As part of the Cochrane China Network, Cochrane Hong Kong is one of eight affiliate groups across China. Today with over 800 members and supporters, they aim to expand the reach and impact of Cochrane evidence on healthcare practice and build capacity for high-quality evidence production.

Since 2022, Cochrane Hong Kong has led Cochrane Nursing, promoting nursing participation in evidence-based healthcare and actively disseminating Cochrane evidence to diverse nursing audiences. This ensures that nurses are aware of relevant Cochrane reviews that can inform their practice. They run the @CochraneNursing X account to share new evidence, supporting members in their engagement with Cochrane and enhancing the dissemination of evidence in nursing both in the broader Asian region and globally.

The group's translation efforts significantly impact healthcare practices and policies in Hong Kong and across Asia, ensuring that medical professionals and the general population have access to high-quality, evidence-based information. In collaboration with the Cochrane China Network and Cochrane Taiwan, they translate plain language summaries of Cochrane reviews into both simplified and traditional Chinese. Currently, there are 2327 plain language summaries in traditional Chinese and  3842 plain language summaries in simplified Chinese for anyone to search and read, making vital health information more accessible.

In 2022, Cochrane Hong Kong hosted the Knowledge Translation Awards, encouraging global university students to engage in knowledge translation and evidence dissemination. The event concluded with a virtual presentation ceremony to honour the awardees for their innovative contributions to advancing knowledge translation and evidence-based practice. "Cochrane Hong Kong's dedication to translating and disseminating evidence is making a significant impact on healthcare practices in China and beyond," says Professor Wai-tong Chien, Co-Director of Cochrane Hong Kong.


Cochrane Hong Kong offers comprehensive training in systematic reviews and evidence production, empowering health professionals and postgraduate students to conduct high-quality reviews. Their workshops during the 1st Cochrane Hong Kong Symposium and the 7th Pan-Pacific Nursing Conference attracted over 300 delegates. Collaborations with other Cochrane groups and external organisations significantly enhance their impact. In January 2023, they co-organised the 2nd Cochrane China Network Symposium, bringing together global healthcare researchers and experts. They also partnered with Southern Medical University for the 2023 Global Health South Forum and The First Pearl River Implementation Science Symposium (PRISIS).


Cochrane Hong Kong collaborates with the Hospital Authority Hong Kong, which governs all public hospitals in the region. They offer workshops and training on systematic reviews and evidence production. Currently, they are conducting a clinical trial to evaluate an evidence-based detection method for ensuring the correct placement of nasogastric tubes across public hospitals. This partnership aims to enhance evidence-based healthcare decisions, improve clinical practices, and establish or revise standards, guidelines, and policies to ensure the highest quality of care for patients.

Looking ahead, Cochrane Hong Kong will continue producing, translating, and disseminating Cochrane evidence. They will collaborate with healthcare institutions and Cochrane organisations to provide more workshops on evidence-based practice. "Cochrane Hong Kong's future projects will continue to build on our strong foundation, advancing evidence-informed decision-making and improving healthcare outcomes across Asia," notes Professor Janita Chau, Co-Director of Cochrane Hong Kong and Co-Chair of Cochrane Nursing. "We are particularly excited about our upcoming training workshops and fellowship programmes, which will help create the next generation of leaders in evidence-based healthcare."

Cochrane Hong Kong invites individuals and organisations in Asia that are eager to impact healthcare to collaborate and offer their support. If you are interested in contributing to their mission, please reach out at cochranehk@cuhk.edu.hk. There are numerous opportunities to engage and contribute to evidence-based healthcare!

Friday, July 19, 2024
Muriah Umoquit

World Evidence-Based Healthcare Day: Cochrane and global evidence leaders unite for world health and beyond

2 weeks 1 day ago

Global leaders in evidence-based healthcare - JBI, Cochrane, Campbell Collaboration, AHRU at the University of Oxford, and Institute of Development Studies (IDS) - have joined forces to launch the World Evidence-Based Healthcare (EBHC) Day 2024 campaign: "Health and Beyond: From Evidence to Action."

The World EBHC Day 2024 campaign seeks to galvanise the global evidence community in addressing the interconnected crises facing humanity. These simultaneous and interconnected crises, or ‘polycrisis’, threaten the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the well-being of people worldwide.

In the face of escalating social, economic, and ecological challenges, the 2024 campaign underscores the need for greater intersectoral action and collaboration to build resilient evidence support systems.

“In a time of ongoing crises, World EBHC Day 2024 presents an important opportunity to bring together the global evidence community to find solutions collaboratively. Cochrane is pleased to be a partner and aims to ensure that momentum from the campaign continues, as there is much to be done to build a healthier world for future generations,” said Catherine Spencer, Cochrane Chief Executive Officer. 

The World EBHC Day 2024 campaign calls on organisations and individuals to share their experiences, innovations, and lessons learned in using evidence-based approaches to drive meaningful change. By facilitating dialogue and knowledge-sharing across sectors, World EBHC Day 2024 serves as a global platform to share and access collective knowledge and wisdom for health and beyond, moving from evidence to action, while highlighting that interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation is pivotal to transformative change.

 Cochrane’s Editor-in-Chief, Dr Karla Soares-Weiser, also shared her enthusiasm for the campaign: “World Evidence-Based Healthcare Day 2024 demonstrates how it is essential to co-create solutions for the complex global challenges of our time. This aligns with the work we have been doing at Cochrane to develop our new Scientific Strategy, which will be published later this year.” 

JBI, Cochrane, The Campbell Collaboration, AHRU at University of Oxford and IDS call on the global evidence community to share their experiences, challenges, innovations, lessons learned, and promising failures in using evidence-based approaches to take action for health and beyond. 

  • For more information on the World Evidence-Based Healthcare Day 2024 campaign and how to participate please visit https://worldebhcday.org 
  • If you are interested in writing a blog or recording a vlog for World EBHC Day 2024, please get in touch with msalman@cochrane.org

About World EBHC Day: World Evidence-Based Healthcare (EBHC) Day is held on 20 October each year. It is a global initiative that was founded by JBI that raises awareness of the need for better evidence to inform healthcare policy, practice and decision making in order to improve health outcomes globally. It is an opportunity to participate in debate about global trends and challenges, but also to celebrate the impact of individuals and organisations worldwide, recognising the work of dedicated researchers, policymakers and health professionals in improving health outcomes.  For more information, please visit www.worldebhcday.org

Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Muriah Umoquit

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

3 weeks 5 days ago

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
Muriah Umoquit

Help assess the impact of digital health in climate change studies

4 weeks ago

The World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe) is working on a publication to review the opportunities digital health solutions present in relation to climate change. To speed up the process, the Organization has teamed up with Cochrane Crowd for a task to classify related studies. Open to all, this citizen science initiative invites volunteers to review and identify key studies, aiding WHO/Europe to research the impact of digital solutions on climate-related health issues.

“Conducting horizon-scanning to identify promising digital health solutions that can help shape public health is among key priorities for us at WHO/Europe. In addition to benefiting healthcare in a digital era, this initiative promotes preparedness amid the climate crisis,” said Dr. David Novillo Ortiz, Regional Adviser for Data and Digital Health at WHO/Europe.

New task: digital health technology and climate change
Cochrane Crowd has launched a call to participate in a special task requested by WHO/Europe. This task aims to identify key digital health technologies used to manage or mitigate climate-change-related health problems and to reduce the health sector’s carbon footprint. With over 18,000 search results to assess, we need your help!

Digital health technologies leverage information and communication technology to enhance human health, healthcare services, and wellness. Examples include mobile apps, virtual medical appointments, fitness trackers, and virtual reality training for medical procedures. A specialized training module will provide more examples.

A global community of volunteers
Cochrane Crowd is a global community of volunteers dedicated to classifying research necessary for informed decision-making in healthcare. Volunteers review descriptions of research studies to identify and classify healthcare research studies. These efforts help Cochrane reviewers and other healthcare researchers worldwide find high-quality evidence about treatments and healthcare interventions.

Anna Noel-Storr, manager of the Cochrane Crowd platform, says: “Cochrane has been in official relations with WHO since 2011. This task is particularly exciting for us on the Cochrane Crowd team as it’s the first crowd task we’ve done in partnership with the WHO. I hope it’s the first of many, as I know our brilliant Crowd community will relish the opportunity to directly contribute to global health research and make a meaningful impact on climate change."

Contributing to Cochrane Crowd is free and doesn't require any prior experience in healthcare research. By joining, volunteers can build skills in evidence assessment, stay updated on the latest research, and contribute to the global healthcare community. Online training is provided, and all contributions are welcome, from a few minutes a day to more focused periods.

Participation in Cochrane Crowd offers numerous benefits, including the opportunity to earn named acknowledgement in the WHO review and a chance to gain Cochrane membership. Volunteers can also enhance their skills through training and review past decisions to improve accuracy.

"The WHO-Cochrane Crowd collaboration is a great opportunity to contribute to climate action. By identifying the most effective digital health solutions, we can advance research and empower people to protect their health,” said Dr. Israel Junior Borges do Nascimento, WHO consultant and lead author.

The task will be live throughout July 2024. To take part, head to Cochrane Crowd and log in or sign up. Once logged in, click on the ‘Tasks’ panel. You should then see the task “Digital health technology and climate change”.

Friday, July 5, 2024
Muriah Umoquit

Cochrane seeks Head of HR - Remote working

1 month ago

Specifications: Permanent – Full time
Salary: £63,000 per annum
Location: Remote working (UK office located in Central London)
Closing date:  4 July 2024

Cochrane is an international charity. For 30 years we have responded to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesising research findings and our work has been recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

Cochrane's strength is in its collaborative, global community. We have 110,000+ members and supporters around the world. Though we are spread out across the globe, our shared passion for health evidence unites us. Our Central Executive Team supports this work and is divided into five directorates: Evidence Production and Methods, Publishing and Technology, Development, Chief Executive Office and Finance and Corporate Services.

This role is to support and collaborate with the Executive Leadership Team and CEO, on people management issues across the Central Executive Team (CET) worker life cycle.  The job holder will develop and lead in the delivery of the global HR strategy aligned with Cochrane’s strategic ambitions.  This will be achieved by setting the strategic direction for the HR function and leading the HR team in providing and effective and efficient HR function.

Don’t have every single qualification? We know that some people are less likely to apply for a job unless they are a perfect match. At Cochrane, we’re not looking for “perfect matches.” We’re looking to welcome people to our diverse, inclusive, and passionate workplace. So, if you’re excited about this role but don’t have every single qualification, we encourage you to apply anyway. Whether it’s this role or another one, you may be just the right candidate.

Our organization is built on four core values:

Collaboration: Underpins everything we do, locally and globally.

Relevant: The right evidence at the right time in the right format.

Integrity: Independent and transparent.

Quality: Reviewing and improving what we do, maintaining rigour and trust.

You can expect:

  • An opportunity to truly impact health globally.
  • A flexible work environment
  • A comprehensive onboarding experiences.
  • An environment where people feel welcome, heard, and included, regardless of their differences.

Cochrane welcomes applications from a wide range of perspectives, experiences, locations, and backgrounds; diversity, equity and inclusion are key to our values.

How to apply

  • For further information on the role and click “how to apply”.
  • The deadline to receive your application is 4 July, 2024.
  • The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements, using specific examples.
  • Read our Recruitment Privacy Statement
Friday, June 21, 2024 Category: Jobs
Lydia Parsonson

GES to showcase poster and presentation templates that enhance accessibility and clarity

1 month 1 week ago

Cochrane, JBI, Guidelines International Network (GIN), and The Campbell Collaboration are set to host the second Global Evidence Summit (GES) in the historic city of Prague from 10 to 13 September 2024. This summit will bring together professionals from various sectors, including health, education, social justice, environment, and climate change, to discuss and inform policy and practice through evidence. Registration is still open.

With approximately 70 long oral presentations, 456 short oral presentations, 60 workshops, 25 special sessions, and 1000+ posters accepted this year, they will be a cornerstone of the GES programme, facilitating deep exploration of topics and encouraging future collaborations. Emphasising accessible presentations and posters aims to enhance knowledge transfer, particularly for non-native English speakers and individuals facing challenges related to disabilities or neurodivergence.

This year, GES introduces innovative poster and PowerPoint presentation designs based on the work of a diverse team from IPG Health (Emily Messina, James Wells, Noofa Hannan, and Anja Petersen), Zen Faulkes, author of Better Posters, and Mike Morrison, the psychologist behind the viral #BetterPoster movement. These templates incorporate the latest research in instructional design, accessibility, and eye tracking. Tested at the Cochrane Colloquium 2023, the poster templates received positive feedback for improving engagement and communication. Attendees found the posters with large figures and minimal text to be more engaging, memorable, and easier to understand.

Mike Morrison commented on the initiative, saying, "These poster and presentation templates are a significant step towards making scientific communication more insightful for attendees, more impactful for presenters, and more accessible to everyone. We know from several studies — including 'real world' testing at last year's Cochrane colloquium — that these templates make a difference, and I am excited to see their reach expand further at the GES."

Cochrane CEO Catherine Spencer added, "We are thrilled to adopt these templates at the Global Evidence Summit. This initiative underscores Cochrane's commitment to enhancing the dissemination of evidence and fostering impactful discussions. We believe these evidenced-based templates will significantly improve the experience for all participants." Cochrane members are reminded that they can request Cochrane group logos from support@cochrane.org, colour codes for groups are on page 81 of the brand guidelines, and there is picture selection guidance available.

Everyone is encouraged to download and adapt the free poster and presentation templates for their own use, whether presenting at the GES or any other academic event.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Muriah Umoquit

Undernutrition may double risk of tuberculosis

1 month 1 week ago

A new Cochrane review highlights the significant association between undernutrition and tuberculosis (TB) disease, shedding light on its prognostic value in predicting TB incidence among adults, adolescents, and children.

The review, which analyzed data from 51 cohort studies involving over 27 million participants across diverse settings, reveals that undernutrition probably doubles the risk of TB disease. This association, particularly evident within 10 years from the onset of undernutrition, underscores the urgent need for targeted interventions to address undernutrition as part of broader TB prevention strategies.

Undernutrition, characterized by factors such as low body mass index (BMI) emerges as a key risk factor for TB infection and progression. Malnutrition compromises the immune system, reducing the body's ability to fight off infections, including TB. Individuals who are malnourished have weakened immune responses, making them more susceptible to the TB bacterium and less capable of containing latent infections. In 2022 alone, undernutrition contributed to an estimated 2.2 million TB cases worldwide, as documented in the World Health Organization's Global Tuberculosis Report.

Lead author of the review and lead of the Cochrane evidence synthesis group at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Juan Franco, says, “By quantifying this risk, we can more accurately estimate the burden of TB disease attributable to undernutrition. This information informs the planning of policies based on the burden of risk factors across different regions of the world.”

The impact of quantifying the relationship between undernutrition and TB provides evidence-based guidance for policymakers to allocate resources effectively, design targeted interventions, and implement comprehensive TB prevention strategies. For doctors and patients, it highlights the importance of nutritional assessments and interventions in TB care and prevention.

The findings from the review suggest that public health policies in countries with high TB burdens must prioritize nutritional support as a core component of TB control programs.

“By addressing undernutrition, these policies can reduce TB incidence, improve treatment outcomes, and contribute to overall health improvements in these populations,” Franco notes.

Despite the clear link between undernutrition and TB disease risk, challenges persist in standardizing diagnostic methods and accounting for confounding factors. The review emphasizes the importance of ongoing research, especially in low- and middle-income countries, to obtain accurate estimates of undernutrition's impact on TB across different populations and settings.

Juan Franco emphasizes the vital role of international organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the WHO TB Programme, in implementing the review’s findings. "Evidence-based policies addressing food insecurity and malnutrition are urgently needed," he explains. 

"Undernutrition manifests differently worldwide, influenced by various social determinants of health. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but addressing societal inequalities is always a good starting point. Treating undernutrition, along with reducing other TB risk factors, is essential not only to lower the TB burden but also to achieve overall well-being." 

By focusing on the dual burden of undernutrition and TB, this Cochrane review underscores the importance of integrating nutritional support into TB control programs to achieve better health outcomes globally.

Thursday, June 13, 2024
Christine Maema

Cochrane seeks Director of Development and External Relations

1 month 1 week ago

Specifications: Full Time (Permanent role)
Salary: £90,000 per annum
Location: Remote working (international travel and attendance at in-person meetings in London will be expected)
Application closing date:  Wednesday 26 June 2024. The recruitment agency will be longlisting applications as soon as they receive them, so please apply early to register your interest.

Cochrane is an international charity. For 30 years we have responded to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesising research findings and our work has been recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

Cochrane's strength is in its collaborative, global community. We have 110,000+ members and supporters around the world. Though we are spread out across the globe, our shared passion for health evidence unites us. Our Central Executive Team supports this work and is divided into five directorates: Evidence Production and Methods, Publishing and Technology, Development and External Relations, Chief Executive Office, and Finance and Corporate Services.

The Director of Development and External Relations is a key leadership position within Cochrane, responsible for shaping and implementing the organization's external engagement strategy and attracting donors.

As Director of Development and External Relations for Cochrane, you will be a global ambassador for the charity and a vital part of the Executive Leadership Team. You will build and develop relationships with key stakeholders across the global health landscape, enabling the generation of income, advocate for evidence-informed decision making and foster meaningful partnerships.

Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, you will play a pivotal role in advancing Cochrane's global impact and ensuring the charity’s sustainability. You will be responsible for increasing Cochrane’s income. and reputation and influence among key audiences including funders and policymakers. You will lead a directorate responsible for fundraising, advocacy, partnerships, communications and Cochrane Response, our global health consultancy.

Don’t have every single qualification? We know that some people are less likely to apply for a job unless they are a perfect match. At Cochrane, we’re not looking for “perfect matches.” We’re looking to welcome people to our diverse, inclusive, and passionate workplace. So, if you’re excited about this role but don’t have every single qualification, we encourage you to apply anyway. Whether it’s this role or another one, you may be just the right candidate.

You can expect:

  • An opportunity to truly impact health globally.
  • A flexible work environment.
  • A comprehensive onboarding experiences.
  • An environment where people feel welcome, heard, and included, regardless of their differences.

How to apply

 

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 Category: Jobs
Harry Dayantis

Cochrane Africa: Bridging gaps with evidence across the continent

1 month 2 weeks ago

Cochrane's strength lies in its collaborative, global community. Cochrane Geographic Groups represent Cochrane in their host countries, advocating for the use of Cochrane evidence in health policy and practice, and supporting Cochrane's members and supporters locally. Here, we spotlight the impactful work of the Cochrane Africa Network, dedicated to increasing the use of best evidence to inform healthcare decision-making across Africa. 

Cochrane Africa was officially launched at the Global Evidence Summit in Cape Town in 2017, building on partnerships across Africa dating back to the 1990s. The network comprises a Co-ordinating Hub in South Africa based at the Health Systems Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council; a Francophone Hub directed from Cochrane Cameroon; a Southern African Hub directed from the Centre for Evidence-based Healthcare at Stellenbosch University, South Africa; an East African Hub directed from Cochrane Kenya; and a West African Hub directed from Cochrane Nigeria. The network's main objectives are to deliver timely, high-quality responses to priority questions relevant to global health and sub-Saharan Africa, build capacity to conduct Cochrane Reviews, advocate for evidence-informed decision-making, and increase access to and usability of Cochrane products. Cochrane Africa’s current projects include the Global Evidence Local Adaptation (GELA) project, Cochrane Africa Authorship Guidelines, priority setting to identify review topics for each region, and translation of Cochrane review plain language summaries.

The GELA project, established in 2022 and funded by the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership, aims to enhance evidence-informed guideline recommendations for newborn and young child health. By engaging with stakeholders, GELA has identified local priorities and capacity needs, supporting decision-makers in developing and implementing country-specific guidelines.

"Cochrane Africa's work through the GELA project maximises the impact of evidence for poverty-related diseases by increasing the capacity of decision-makers and researchers to use global research for locally relevant guidelines," says Solange Durão, Cochrane Africa Co-Director. This initiative builds on a large-scale programme of child-health guideline development led by the World Health Organization, with adaptation and implementation led by the WHO Afro regional office, country offices, and national ministries. Via the GELA project Cochrane Africa collaborates with several international partners, including the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Western Norway University of Applied Science, Stellenbosch University, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, Cochrane, and the MAGIC Evidence Ecosystem Foundation. 

The network's work has significantly impacted healthcare practices, policies, and knowledge in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in TB, HIV, and COVID-19. Through capacity-building initiatives, Cochrane Africa has developed a robust field of evidence-based healthcare on the continent, with many current leaders in the region being graduates of these training programmes. Cochrane Africa also has a long-term collaboration as part of the READ-It project which is based at the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group. Up to 2023, READ-It has contributed to: 13 global policies or guidelines; 9 national policies or guidelines; 73 high-impact systematic reviews; 10 method topic areas; and specifically published 29 high-impact reviews or methods papers led by authors from low- and middle-income countries.


Looking ahead, the Cochrane Africa Network is excited about hosting the Cochrane Africa Indaba in 2025, an international evidence-based health care conference. It will be led by the East Africa Hub at Cochrane Kenya. "Our future projects will continue to build on our strong foundation, advancing evidence-informed decision-making and improving healthcare outcomes across Africa. We're especially excited for the anticipated 2025 Cochrane Africa Indaba and our training workshops and fellowship programmes. The network also has a long history of developing capacity in Africa to conduct Cochrane and other systematic reviews and develop the field of evidence-based healthcare on the continent. Some of the current leadership in Africa are ‘graduates’ of these training initiatives - and we are looking forward to helping create the next generation of leaders! " notes Tamara Kredo, Cochrane Africa Co-Director.

Cochrane Africa welcomes support and collaboration to amplify their impact. If you are interested in contributing to their mission as authors of Cochrane systematic reviews, identifying priorities for future reviews, participating in research projects, raising awareness about Cochrane in your scientific community, writing summaries or commentaries on Cochrane Africa Reviews, or helping to secure funding for their activities, please fill out a short form.

Friday, July 5, 2024
Muriah Umoquit

Cochrane Austria: Championing Evidence-Based Healthcare

1 month 2 weeks ago

Cochrane's strength lies in its collaborative, global community. Cochrane Geographic Groups represent Cochrane in their host country, advocate for the use of high-quality evidence syntheses in health policy and practice, and support Cochrane's members and supporters who live there. Here, we spotlight the impactful work of Cochrane Austria, dedicated to advancing evidence-based healthcare practices in their country.

Cochrane Austria officially opened as a Cochrane branch in 2010, at the University for Continuing Education Krems. They hosted the 2015 Cochrane Colloquium in Vienna and were awarded full centre status in  2017. With nearly 500 members and supporters, Cochrane Austria aims to support evidence-based decision-making in Austria and other German-speaking countries and build capacity through training activities.

Cochrane Austria Advisory Board Meeting in Krems 2023

Cochrane Austria undertakes various projects to improve health-related decisions by providing access to the best available evidence for citizens, health care providers, and policy decision-makers. They operate the fact-checking platform, Medizin Transparent.at, which evaluates the accuracy of health-related information in the media. This free service enables German-speaking citizens, healthcare providers, and decision-makers to critically analyze health-related information they encounter in the media, attracting about 2 million visitors annually. Cochrane Austria also runs a rapid response service for healthcare professionals, funded by the State Health Agency of Lower Austria. This service provides rapid, evidence-based answers to clinical questions, ensuring that physicians and nurses in Austria can make well-informed decisions.

"There is a lot of misinformation in the media and even healthcare professionals can struggle to find trustworthy evidence. Cochrane Austria's knowledge translation efforts are making a significant impact on evidence-based decision making for citizens, patients, and healthcare providers in Austria," says Dr. Barbara Nußbaumer-Streit, Cochrane Austria Co-Director.

Alexandru and Larisa from Romania, Petter from Sweden, Piotr from Poland, and Raphaela from Sweden.

Training and upskilling the evidence synthesis skills in Austria is another major focus for Cochrane Austria. They provide regular training in methods of evidence-based medicine, such as critical appraisal of studies, interpreting statistics, doing systematic literature searches, and applying the GRADE approach. In 2024, Cochrane Austria launched a PhD program in "Applied Evidence Synthesis in Health Research" at the University for Continuing Education Krems. The program integrates the Cochrane International Mobility programme, allowing PhD students to benefit from the expertise of other Cochrane Centres.

"Cochrane Austria is equipping the next generation of researchers with a profound understanding of evidence-based medicine and the intricate methodologies involved in evidence synthesis. We are excited to play a pivotal role in shaping this promising future," notes Dr. Gerald Gartlehner, Cochrane Austria Co-Director. 

Cochrane Austria is co-convenor of the Cochrane Rapid Reviews Methods Group and Cochrane Public Health Europe, collaborates with several international partners, including the American College of Physicians, and the World Health Organization, and also support Cochrane Romania as an Affiliate Centre. These collaborations enhance the impact of their work and ensure the dissemination and uptake of Cochrane evidence. In May 2024, Cochrane Austria organized a meeting of all European Cochrane geographic groups in Vienna to foster and strengthen collaborations within Europe. 

Members of 18 Countries joined the European Cochrane Meeting in May 2024 in Vienna

Through projects like the European Health and Digital Executive Agency collaboration, Cochrane Austria supports EU Member States in decision-making on national vaccination programs. Additionally, as a WHO Collaborating Centre, Cochrane Austria members contributed to a systematic review that formed the basis for a global WHO guideline on preventing bloodstream infections from catheter use.

"Our collaboration with the WHO highlights our dedication to enhancing healthcare decision-making not only in Austria but also on a global scale. We are eager to contribute our expertise to these important projects," says Dr. Barara Nußbaumer-Streit.

Andreea Dobrescu, Barbara Nussbaumer-Streit, Gerald Gartlehner at the Guideline Development Meeting at WHO in Geneva in 2023

Cochrane Austria is excited about involving new PhD students in the Cochrane network, hosting Cochrane International Mobility programme participants, and continuing their knowledge translation and capacity-building activities. For those interested in contributing to Cochrane Austria's mission, please contact Barbara Nussbaumer-Streit at barbara.nussbaumer-streit@donau-uni.ac.at. There are numerous opportunities to get involved and make a difference in the field of evidence-based healthcare!

Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Muriah Umoquit

Cochrane Seeks Team PA - Remote working

1 month 3 weeks ago

Title: Team PA (CEO office)
Specifications: Permanent – Full time
Salary: £30,000 per annum
Location: Remote working (UK office located in Central London)
Closing date: 14 June 2024

Cochrane is an international charity. For 30 years we have responded to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesising research findings and our work has been recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

Cochrane's strength is in its collaborative, global community. We have 110,000+ members and supporters around the world. Though we are spread out across the globe, our shared passion for health evidence unites us. Our Central Executive Team supports this work and is divided into five directorates: Evidence Production and Methods, Publishing and Technology, Development, Chief Executive Office and Finance and Corporate Services.

This varied role will work closely with the Executive Support Manager to provide effective and efficient administrative support to the CEO’s Office, including PA support to the CEO. The CEO’s Office encompasses Strategy, Governance, Geographic Groups, Communications and Cochrane’s Project Team. The Team PA role will provide support, to a greater or lesser extent, to all these areas. It will also provide ad hoc support to special projects, where required. This is a new role and will require a flexible approach. This role could be based anywhere in the world but would be required to work European hours.

Don’t have every single qualification? We know that some people are less likely to apply for a job unless they are a perfect match. At Cochrane, we’re not looking for “perfect matches.” We’re looking to welcome people to our diverse, inclusive, and passionate workplace. So, if you’re excited about this role but don’t have every single qualification, we encourage you to apply anyway. Whether it’s this role or another one, you may be just the right candidate.

Our organization is built on four core values:
Collaboration: Underpins everything we do, locally and globally.
Relevant: The right evidence at the right time in the right format.
Integrity: Independent and transparent.
Quality: Reviewing and improving what we do, maintaining rigour and trust.

You can expect:

  • An opportunity to truly impact health globally.
  • A flexible work environment.
  • A comprehensive onboarding experiences.
  • An environment where people feel welcome, heard, and included, regardless of their differences.

Cochrane welcomes applications from a wide range of perspectives, experiences, locations, and backgrounds; diversity, equity and inclusion are key to our values.

How to apply

  • For further information on the role and click “how to apply”.
  • The deadline to receive your application is 14 June, 2024.
  • The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements, using specific examples. 
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