Invitation to WHA side event, 24 May: using evidence to address health challenges

13 May, 2022

Now is the time to ‘up our game’ in using evidence to address health challenges

Tuesday 24 May, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm CEST (View in your time zone)

Register for free

The COVID-19 pandemic created a once-in-a-generation focus on evidence. We now have the opportunity to systematize the aspects of evidence use that are going well and to address the many gaps. Alongside the upcoming 75th World Health Assembly, Cochrane and the Global Commission on Evidence to Address Societal Challenges are co-organising a virtual side event which will bring together a global panel to discuss some of these issues. The event will be co-chaired by the World Health Organization’s Chief Scientist.


Fitsum Assefa Adela, Ministry of Planning and Development, Ethiopia

María Begoña Yarza, Minister of Health, Chile

Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Minister of Health, Indonesia (TBC)

Tanel Kiik, Minister of Health and Labour, Estonia (TBC)

John Lavis, Co-Lead, Evidence Commission


Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, WHO

Judith Brodie, Interim CEO, Cochrane

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Emma Thompson (she/her)

Advocacy and Partnerships Manager

Development Directorate

Cochrane Central Executive Team

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