Evidence-based Health Care in Africa Leadership Award

Aubrey Sheiham, BDS, PhD, DHC is a dental epidemiologist and a longtime supporter of Cochrane’s work and mission. Since 2001, through Dr Sheiham’s generosity, Cochrane researchers from low- and middle-income countries have been funded and supported each year to complete a Cochrane Review on a topic of relevance to their region, and to cascade relevant knowledge about Cochrane and evidence-based health care (EBHC) to their local networks.

Effective February 2014, the Aubrey Sheiham Scholarship has evolved into a new award focusing on leadership in EBHC: The Aubrey Sheiham EBHC in Africa Leadership Award. With an updated and more explicitly concentrated remit, the award will continue to be offered annually by The Cochrane Collaboration to an individual from Africa, and will support the conduct and dissemination of a high-impact Cochrane Review on a topic relevant to resource constrained settings. The award will be administered by The South African Cochrane Centre (SACC), based in Cape Town and one of Cochrane’s most active coordinators of regional activity.

The award recipient will, in addition to completing their chosen Cochrane Review and disseminating its findings, support capacity development by mentoring a novice author from Africa through the Cochrane Review process. This will continue the Sheiham Scholarship’s established tradition of building knowledge and research networks, and will be actively supported by the SACC team.

The call for applications for the 2014 Sheiham Award is open until 30 May 2014, with an announcement of the Award winner expected 30 June. For more information on the Sheiham Award and the application and selection processes, please visit the information page.

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