Cochrane SA is part of the Research, Evidence and Development Initiative (READ-It) which is funded by UKaid from the UK Government Department for International Development. READ-It is co-ordinated by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group) in Liverpool, UK with partners in South Africa (Centre for Evidence-based Health Care, Cochrane SA, Cochrane Nutrition), Norway and India. READ-It activities includes preparing and updating Cochrane 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.