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Global Evidence Summit 2017

Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) together with four other leading organisations in the production and dissemination of evidence for decision making in the global health, social and economic policy and practice sectors - proudly presented the first ‘Global Evidence Summit’ in Cape Town, South Africa from 13 - 16 September 2017.


In September 2017, G-I-N joined four other leading organisations – Cochrane, The Campbell Collaboration, the International Society for Evidence-based Health Care, and the Joanna Briggs Institute -  to hold the first ‘Global Evidence Summit’ in Cape Town, South Africa.

The theme of the Summit, ‘Using Evidence. Improving Lives’ highlighted and promoted evidence-informed approaches to health policy and development, offering the most cost-effective interventions.

The summit focused on the opportunities and challenges facing Low and Middle-Income countries, a reason why the Global Evidence Summit (GES), was hosted in Cape Town, South Africa. The event attracted over 1300 delegates and brought together many parts of the evidence community to promote evidence-informed decision-making worldwide.

Prof Ina Kopp, (Past Chair of Guidelines International Network), had noted "we at G-I-N are very excited at the prospect of bringing together our expansive networks - the key players in the knowledge transfer arena - and facilitating the enhancement of working relationships between guideline developers and systematic reviewers with our ultimate of goal of "better reviews - better guidelines".  This is the first global evidence event of its' kind and an excellent networking opportunity for all involved."

Director of host organisation, Cochrane South Africa, Professor Jimmy Volmink said: “This is a hugely exciting opportunity for the global evidence world. It is the first global meeting of its kind which will highlight how using evidence and information helps people make better decisions to improve lives, as well as enhance capacity development and future research in the fields of health and social development.”

He went on to say: “This global event will show how the best available evidence, clinical judgment and patient preferences are important components of healthcare decision-making.”

Former South African Minister of Finance, Trevor Manuel opened the first-ever international summit on evidence-based policy. Mr Manuel served in the SA government as Minister of Finance from 1996-2009, during the presidencies of Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe, and subsequently as Minister in the Presidency under President Jacob Zuma. 

He addressed the Summit in the opening Plenary on Wednesday 13 September. 

To read more and see pictures and information about what we learned go to: 
Find out more about the plenaries and speakers here.
Twitter: @GESummit and #GESummit17 


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