We collaborate with a range of academic and other organizations at both national and international level:
- South African Cochrane Centre
- Effective Health Care Research Consortium
- Departments and Divisions within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS), Stellenbosch University
- Collaboration for Evidence based Health in Africa
Students 4 Best Evidence (S4BE) is a growing network of students from around the world, from school age to university, who are interested in learning more about evidence-based healthcare. Students 4 Best Evidence is in collaboration with series of organisations to help get evidence-based healthcare into student education.
Effective Health Care Research Consortium
In collaboration with the international partners, we have been successful in obtaining funding from the UK DFID to increase evidence-informed decisions to improve health and health care for the poor in low and middle income countries via the Effective Health Care Research Consortium (EHCRC).
The foundation of the Consortium is collaborative work between five international partners based in Africa, East-Asia, China, Norway and the UK. Together partners work towards preparing and updating Cochrane and other reviews about the effects of health care relevant to low- and middle-income countries; and identifying approaches to ensure dissemination and use of the results of systematic reviews in decision making. In collaboration with the South African Cochrane Centre, we lead activities in the African region and work with partners in Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, The Gambia and Uganda.
Stellenbosch University has obtained funding for the Stellenbosch University Rural Medical Educational Partnership Initiative (SURMEPI), aiming to enhance the skills of medical professionals in HIV/AIDS and TB care, as well as to increase the research capacity in these fields. Strengthening evidence-based health care (EBHC), knowledge and skills at an undergraduate level is particularly important within this context. This sub-project aims to integrate EBHC teaching as a core competency in the education of medical practitioners. This includes enhancing undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development EBHC activities. We work in collaboration with the Division of Community Health, and Centres for Infectious Diseases and Health Professions Education.
A leadership development project led by the Centre for Evidence-based Health Care (CEBHC) was one of only two proposals selected from 54 applications from all over the world to receive funding from the World Health Organisation. The project, “Policy Buddies” (BUilding Demand for evidence in Decision making through Interaction and Enhancing Skills of policymakers) is a collaboration between the CEBHC, the Health Systems and Services Research Unit at the FMHS, the Centre for the Development of Best Practices in Health in Cameroon, the South African Cochrane Centre and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom. The project will be implemented over the next two years in South Africa and Cameroon, and will enhance the capacity of policymakers to ask for, demand and use systematic review evidence to inform research question formulation and prioritisation to inform policymaking.
We work closely with the SA Cochrane Centre to promote EBHC in the African region and conduct Cochrane systematic reviews with various Cochrane Review Groups particularly the Cochrane Infections Diseases Group, Sexually Transmitted infections Group, Cochrane Pregnancy and childbirth review group, Cochrane HIV/AIDS Review Group, Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation and Care Review Group.
Collaboration For Evidence-Based Health In Africa (CEBHA)
We contribute to the collaboration for evidence-based health in Africa www.cebha.org