Pan African Clinical Trials Registry
The Pan African Clinical Trials Registry (PACTR) http://www.pactr.org is run by Cochrane SA. It was initially funded by the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership. PACTR began in 2007 with a focus on AIDS, TB and Malaria. In 2009 it was expanded to include all diseases. PACTR is the only African Primary Registry in the World Health Organisation’s Registry Network, and fulfils the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) mandate for prospective registration of all trials prior to publication.
South African Guideline Excellence Project
The South African Guideline Excellence Project (SAGE) http://www.mrc.ac.za/cochrane/sage.htm
is a SAMRC Flagship funded project within Cochrane SA. It involves the following partners: SAMRC’s Health Systems Research Unit, the Centre for Evidence-based Health Care at Stellenbosch University and the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence at the University of South Australia.
SAGE gathers evidence from around the world, and uses local skills and knowledge, to support the development, adaptation and implementation of guidelines for South Africa.
Effective Health Care Research Consortium
Cochrane SA is part of the Effective Health Care Research Consortium (EHCRC) http://www.liv.ac.uk/evidence/ co-ordinated by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine along with the Centre for Evidence-based Health Care at Stellenbosch University and partners in China, Norway and India. EHCRC aims to increase evidence-based decision making in low and middle-income countries by supporting capacity development in the preparation of Cochrane Reviews and supporting review dissemination. It is funded by the UK Department for International Development.
Cochrane African Network (CAN) http://www.mrc.ac.za/cochrane/can.htm
CAN is a network of sub-Saharan African regional hubs (West, Francophone, Southern and Eastern Africa) managed by experienced Cochrane review contributors. CAN is an innovative, African-led response to the need to increase the use of evidence in Africa and the recognition that where disease burden and health system challenges are greatest, the need for evidence to support decision-making and resource use is most critical. CAN aims to increase the use of Cochrane evidence to inform healthcare decision-making in the sub-Saharan region by supporting the production of high-quality reviews, making relevant evidence accessible; advocating for evidence; and, building a sustainable network.