Countless partners—from the Rockefeller Foundation in the 1920s to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation in the 21st century—have joined PAHO in its regional public health work. During the last decade as research for health has been placed high in the international agenda and while new mandates in the international arena have been issued to stress research for equity, health and development, new partnerships have been formed. Together with these partners PAHO intends to advance its work in priority setting, building capacity, and translating knowledge into effective decision making, setting norms and standards, and improving research governance. See below a selection of PAHO partners.
The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research is an international collaboration based in the WHO Geneva. It has its origins in the recommendations of the 1996 report of WHO's Ad Hoc Committee on Health Research which identified lack of health policy and systems research as a key problem impeding the improvement of health outcomes in low and middle income countries. It aims to promote the generation and use of health policy and systems research as a means to improve the health systems of developing countries.
The Cochrane Collaboration is an international not-for-profit organization, providing up-to-date information about the effectiveness of health care interventions. The partnerships include:
- Cochrane Collaboration in Brazil
- US Cochrane Center (USCC) has the overall mission to further the Collaboration's goal of making widely available systematic reviews of evidence from randomized controlled trials of the effects of health care. The USCC offers access to The Cochrane Library in the United States.
Global Forum for Health Research is an independent, international organization committed to demonstrating the essential role of research and innovation for health and health equity. Founded on a broad statement of purpose and on the recognition of a wide range of relevant constituencies, its mission is to help focus research efforts on the health problems of the poor.
Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information (BIREME), is a specialized center of PAHO. Among the initiatives that contribute to research for health are the Virtual Library on Science and Health (a collection of information sources and services in the area of health science and technology management), the Evidence Portal, and SciELO.
Latin American Forum of Ethics Committees in Health Research (FLACEIS). This forum aims to improve quality of life, the well-being of the population and foster social progress in the areas of health and justice to ensure that the dignity of participants in research processes is safeguarded at all times.
Latin American International Clinical Epidemiology Network (LATINCLEN), part of the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN) seeks to strengthen national health care systems and improve health practices by providing professionals in the field with the tools to analyze the efficacy, efficiency, and equity of interventions and preventive measures.
Red Iberoamericana Ministerial de Aprendizaje e Investigación en Salud [Ministerial Ibero-American Network of Learning and Health Research] (RIMAIS in Spanish only *Note:must register as guest to enter the site). This network resulted from the commitment acquired by the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica during the XV Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and of Government. Chaired by the Minister of Health of Costa Rica it has a technical cooperation agreement with PAHO that aims at strengthening public health research.
Red de Indicadores de Ciencia y Tecnología -Iberoamericana e Interamericana [Ibero-American and Inter-American Network of Indicators of Science and Technology] (in Spanish only). This network in which all the countries of the Americas participate, together with Spain and Portugal, was established in Argentina in 1994 with the objective to develop science and technology indicators. Recently RICYT published -science and technology indicators.
ScienTIis a public network of sources of information and knowledge that aims to contribute to the management of scientific, technological and innovation activities. The network provides a public and cooperative space for stakeholders of national science, technology and innovation (ST & I) systems and communities of the member countries to interact.
WHO Collaborating Centers are part of an inter-institutional collaborative network that supports WHO and PAHO programs at the country, intercountry, regional, interregional and global levels, as appropriate. In line with the WHO policy and strategy of technical cooperation, these centers must also participate in the strengthening of country resources, in terms of information, services, research and training, in support of national health development. https://www.who.int/collaboratingcentres/en/ and www.bireme.br/whocc
Featured WHO collaborating centers:
Canada, Toronto: Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto.
Chile, Santiago de Chile: Interdisciplinary Centre for Studies on Bioethics, University of Chile, Santiago de Chile.France, Paris: Espace éthique, Hôpitaux de Paris
Espace éthique USA , Miami : Ethics Programs, University of Miami.