Memorandum between McMaster, PAHO extended for an additional three years of collaboration
January 14, 2013 - McMaster University has strengthened its ties with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) with the renewal of a memorandum governing collaborations related to strengthening knowledge translation for public health and health equity at the global level.
The memorandum outlines the continuation and expansion of efforts aimed at strengthening capacities and technical cooperation in knowledge translation throughout low-, middle- and high-income countries in the region of the Americas for the next three years.
Under the leadership of John Lavis, director of the McMaster Health Forum, and Holger Schunemann, chair of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, activities such as organizing international dialogues about pressing health challenges, preparing and supporting the implementation of PAHO guidance documents, organizing skills-building activities to support knowledge translation in public health, integrating research databases to provide enhanced access to evidence on public health, and collaboration in the development and dissemination of publications relevant to knowledge translation in public health, will be furthered during the term of the agreement.
The renewed memorandum follows the completion of the initial three-year agreement that fostered increased interaction and a stronger working relationship between McMaster University and PAHO, the regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organization. PAHO has more than 110 years of experience in working to improve the health and living standards of both developed and developing nations in the Americas.
One of the key initiatives that resulted through the working relationship between PAHO and the McMaster Health Forum is the integration of the Health Systems Evidence database with PAHO’s Virtual Health Library, which is maintained by the Latin American and Caribbean Centre on Health Sciences Information (known by the acronym BIREME).
BIREME is in the final stages of making it possible for users of its soon-to-be-launched Evidence-Informed Policy Networks (EVIPNet) Virtual Health Library (VHL) to access the more than 5,000 documents included in HSE, the world’s most comprehensive access point for evidence to support policymakers, stakeholders and researchers who are interested in strengthening health systems and getting cost-effective programs, services and drugs to those who need them. Additional documents, including syntheses of research, economic evaluations, and descriptions of health systems and health system reforms, are added to HSE monthly.
The addition of records from HSE will bolster the EVIPNet VHL and allow its users to input terms in Portuguese and Spanish to search for relevant evidence in HSE.