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Within the Knowledge Management, Bioethics and Research Department, the Knowledge Translation program provides technical cooperation for strengthening national guideline programs, facilitates the implementation of standards and procedures for guideline development within the Organization and provides regional support to the WHO Guideline Review Committee (GRC).

This program contributes to PAHO's goal of attaining equitable health and development for people in the Americas by working with Member States to strengthen their health systems and promoting the use of evidence-based programs for public health and practice. Decision-making processes at all levels of the health system must be integrated with scientific evidence and health information in order to achieve evidence-based health care and evidence-informed policy making.

Diverse PAHO/WHO policies, strategies and reports highlight the need for an appropriate use of evidence in decision making. 


Main lines of action

What's New

Who We Are

Our objectives, mission and vision

Why Invest in Research for Health?

A series of case studies examining the benefits of investment in research for health.


Framework & Mandates

Policy on Research for Health
The 49th Directing Council approved PAHO’s Regional Policy on Research for Health which offers a strategic approach to strengthen research governance and knowledge translation.

PAHO Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR)

Art for Research

Images that illustrate how research has quietly but consistently contributed to development.


PAHO/WHO Research Focal Points

PAHO has in-country representation throughout the region. Use the map provided to find the contact information for each PAHO focal point.


To read about internship opportunities in research at different PAHO entities, read testimonials from former interns, or apply, visit our internship section.

Contact us: in PAHO/HQ:; in the countries: list of focal points

Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization
525 Twenty-third Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037, United States of America
Tel.: +1 (202) 974-3000 Fax: +1 (202) 974-3663

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