Thursday, 25 November 2021
09h00 - 10h30
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09h00 - 12h30

Workshop 2: Evidence to Decision (EtD) Guideline Panel Simulation
This workshop is fully booked

15h00 - 16h30

Welcome by Charles Wiysonge, Director of Cochrane South Africa

Plenary 1: Perspectives of users and producers of evidence in the context of COVID-19
Chairs: Solange Durao & Duduzile Ndwandwe

Per Olav Vandvik
Dr Olav Vandvik is a hospital-based internist and health research methodologist based in Oslo, Norway. He is also Professor of Medicine at the University of Oslo. Dr Vandvik is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the MAGIC Evidence Ecosystem Foundation (MAGIC), a non-profit organization supporting development of digitally structured guidelines, evidence summaries and decision aids to clinicians and patients
Title: The evidence ecosystem and global guidelines in the context of COVID-19

Andy Parrish
Dr Parrish is Associate Professor Internal Medicine at Walter Sisulu University, and Honorary Associate Professor Internal Medicine/Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Cape Town. He is co-chair of the South African National Essential Medicines List Committee, Chair of NEMLC Covid Committee
Title: Challenges to evidence based medicine and use of rapid reviews to inform the SA National Department of Health guidelines for COVID-19

Mia Malan
Ms Malan is the founding editor-in-chief of the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism
 Evidence and misinformation: the role of the media during COVID-19

Zahiera Adam
Ms Adam is a pharmacist. She is currently a Senior Manager within the Health Policy Unit at Medscheme and a Director of the PTCMA (Pharmaceutical & Technology Management Association), a non-profit focused on continued professional development and healthcare education.
Title: Managing COVID-19 in South African private sector – what’s working and what can we learn?

16h30 - 16h35Break
16h35 - 17h00Networking session

Friday, 26 November 2021

09h00 - 10h30
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11h00 - 12h30
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15h00 - 16h00

Plenary 2: Rapid fire session showcasing South African evidence-based health care projects
Chairs: Edison Mavundza & Duduzile Ndwandwe

Michael McCaul
Dr McCaul is a clinical epidemiologist and emergency care clinician by background. He is a senior lecturer in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Stellenbosch University.
Title: Balancing rigour and speed: Rapid review methods for urgent guidance

Lindi Mathebula
Ms Mathebula is a project Manager for the Clinical Trials Registry portfolio (Pan African Clinical Trials Registry (PACTR) and South African National Clinical Trials Registry (SANCTR) at Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council
Title: COVID-19 trials

Sara Cooper
Dr Cooper is Senior Scientist in Cochrane South Africa at the South African Medical Research Council and Honorary researcher in the Division of Social & Behavioural Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of Cape Town.
Title: COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in South Africa: A rapid review of survey findings

Bey-Marrie Schmidt
Dr Schmidt is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape.
Title: Evaluating knowledge translation

Chinwe Iwu-Jaja
Dr Iwu-Jaja is a Public Health researcher.
Title: WHO Afro COVID-19 policy briefs

16h00 - 16h15Break

16h15 - 17h15

Plenary 3:
 A conversation - Cochrane into the next decade
Chair: Tamara Kredo

Toby Lasserson
Mr Lasserson is the Deputy Editor in Chief of the Cochrane Library

Charles Shey Wiysonge
Prof Wiysonge is the Director of Cochrane South Africa at the South African Medical Research Council

Martin Meremikwu
Prof Meremikwu is the Director of Cochrane Nigeria and a tenured professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the College of Medical Sciences University of Calabar in Nigeria

Lawrence Mbuagbaw
Prof Mbuagbaw is an associate professor of research methods at McMaster University and associate professor extraordinary of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Stellenbosch University

Eleanor Ochodo
Prof Ochodo leads the Evidence for Health Research Group at the Centre for Global Health Research at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and she is an associate professor extraordinary of Clinical Epidemiology at Stellenbosch University

Closing and thanks