PROGRAMME - Monday, 25 March 2019
Registration (08h00 - 09h15)
Welcome (09h15 - 09h30, Castle Room)
Charles Shey Wiysonge
Prof. Wiysonge is the Director of Cochrane South Africa at the South African Medical Research Council
Plenary 1 (09h30 - 11h00, Castle Room)
Evidence-informed health policy-making for the African context
Chairs: Ruth Stewart & Charles Shey Wiysonge
Tigest Tamrat
Ms Tamrat is a Technical Officer at the World Health Organization's Department of Reproductive Health and Research based in Geneva, Switzerland
Journey towards evidence-based digital health: the development of WHO guideline on digital interventions for health

Emmanuel Effa
Dr Effa is a Senior Lecturer in Internal Medicine at the University of Calabar, honorary chief Consultant Nephrologist to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, as well as the Head of the Renal Division of the Department of Internal Medicine at both institutions
Landscape of priority setting for health care and research in West Africa

Tamara Lotfi
Dr Lotfi is Co-ordinator of the Global Evidence Synthesis Initiative (GESI) Secretariat based at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Title: The experience of the GESI Secretariat in reaching out and collaborating with LMIC Evidence Synthesis Centers and what the African teams brought to GESI

Holger Schünemann
Dr Schünemann is chair of the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University
GRADE-Adolopment for efficient and trustworthy Guideline Recommendations
Coffee/Tea Break (11h00 - 11h30)
Plenary 2 (11h30 - 13h00, Castle Room)
Knowledge translation for enhancing health in Africa
Chairs: Jimmy Volmink and Solange Durao
Pierre Ongolo-Zogo
Dr Ongolo-Zogo is the founder and Director of the Center for Development of Best Practices in Health, and Chief of Radiology and the Medical Imaging Unit, at Yaoundé Central Hospital, and an Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, at the University of Yaoundé I
Title: Knowledge translation in Sub-Saharan Africa: the influencing contextual factors

Anel Schoonees
Ms Schoonees is a full time researcher at the Centre for Evidence-based Health Care, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Cochrane “Packaging and Push” in action: dishing up digestible nutrition evidence

Austrida Gondwe
Dr Gondwe is the knowledge translation specialist and NCD BRITE senior study co-ordinator at Dignitas International, Malawi
Title: Lessons learned about the factors needed to be in place for a community of practice to be successful

Andy Oxman
Dr Oxman works as a health services researcher in the Centre for Informed Health Choices at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Informing and enabling evidence-informed decisions about healthcare

Lunch & Poster Session (13h00 - 14h30)
Workshops and Panel Discussion
Workshop 1 (14h30 - 16h00, Bree Room)
Evidence informed decision-making and knowledge translation: an overview
Facilitator: Nasreen Jessani
This is an interactive session aimed at unpacking the terminologies, the theory as well as practice of Evidence informed decision making through the science and art of Knowledge Translation. Participants will be introduced to frameworks, models as well as examples of KT in practice. Participants will be encouraged share their own experiences in this field - both positive as well as challenging. The session will be speckled with “discovery sessions”, discussions, and deliberations. Participants should come prepared to engage actively through app-based activities as well as verbally. Smart phones welcome…and needed!
For more information click here

Workshop 2 (14h30 - 16h00, Strand Room)
GRADE 101 intro for users
Facilitator: Holger Schünemann
Participants will be introduced to GRADE and GRADEpro software, the steps involved in creating a Summary of Findings table, the factors to consider when GRADEing the evidence, presenting statistical results and using GRADEpro to create a Summary of  Findings table. For more information click here

Panel Discussion (14h30 - 16h00, Castle Room)
Bridging evidence and practice: The experience of GESI Secretariat members in knowledge translation

Chair: Tamara Lotfi
Several knowledge translation tools and platforms have been developed in Low and Middle Income Countries. This 90min panel will provide participants with a contextual insight on the application of Knowledge Translation, and on how to strengthen the engagement of policy-makers and the active dissemination of knowledge
Coffee/Tea Break (16h00 - 16h30)
Plenary 3 (16h30 - 18h00, Castle Room)
Chair: Lawrence Mbuagbaw
Mark Wilson
Mr Wilson is the CEO of Cochrane, UK
Title: Knowledge translation in Cochrane: making it easier to use Cochrane evidence to inform practice and healthcare policy

Launch of the SA GRADE Network
Holger Schünemann & Taryn Young

Jimmy Volmink
Prof Volmink is Dean at the Medical School of Stellenbosch University
Title: Advancing health: Is Cochrane aiming at the right target?

Tamara Kredo
Dr Kredo is the Co-Director of the Cochrane Africa Network and Senior Specialist Scientist at the South African Medical Research Council
Welcome dinner and Cochrane SA 21st birthday celebration
(18h00 - 21h00 at Marco's African Place)


PROGRAMME - Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Registration (08h30 - 09h30)
Final Plenary (09h30 - 10h00, Castle Room)
Chairs: Charles Shey Wiysonge & Tamara Kredo
Glenda Gray
Prof. Gray is the Chief Executive Officer of the South
African Medical Research Council

Workshop 3 (10h00 - 12h45, Castle Room)
Facilitators: Holger Schünemann & Lawrence Mbuagbaw
Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and  Impact, McMaster University

Workshop 4 (10h00 - 12h45, Strand Room)
Facilitators: Nasreen Jessani & Bey-Marrie Schmidt
John Hopkins School of Public Health & Centre for Evidence-based Health Care, Stellenbosch University; Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council

Workshop 5 (10h00 - 12h45, Bree Room)
Facilitator:Tamara Lotfi
Global Evidence Synthesis Initiative Secretariat, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Lunch & Poster Session (12h45 - 13h45)
Workshop 6 (13h45 - 16h30, Strand Room)
Facilitators: Michael McCaul & Nandi Siegfried
Centre for Evidence-based Health Care, Stellenbosch University, Independent

Workshop 7 (13h45 - 16h30, Castle Room)
Facilitator: Promise Nduku
Africa Centre for Evidence, University of Johannesburg

Workshop 8 (13h45 - 16h30, Bree Room)
Lawrence Mbuagbaw
Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and  Impact, McMaster University