The purpose of the RPC is to increase decisions relating to the health sector based on best available evidence in low- and middle-income countries. It does this by preparing and updating reliable systematic reviews of all relevant research related to specific policy questions, and by promoting access and use of evidence-informed approaches, particularly in relation to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It has worked directly with the World Health Organization (WHO) through commissioned Cochrane Reviews, and participated in guidelines groups in nutrition, tuberculosis (TB) and child health. It has contributed to the movement forward in evidence in WHO and other multilateral and bilateral organizations. The reviews are widely used by the WHO in guidelines processes in all areas and have been taken up by lobbying groups and affected change (for example, stopping the sale of ineffective electronic mosquito repellents on commercial airline flights).
During the period covered by this report, the programme has completed 65 new systematic reviews, and 28 updates of existing reviews. It has developed new methods, and is working on reviews in health systems, and in reviews relevant to fragile states. It has also promoted access and use of the reviews through the Cochrane Library, and contributed to capacity development - of 65 reviews completed, 41 first authors are from developing countries.
Effective Health Care Research Consortium (EHCRC). Effective Health Care Research Consortium - RPC No. 7. Final Five-Year Report. April 2005 to March 2010. (2010) 114 pp.