PAHO/WHO wants to inspire Cochrane reviewers to address key public health and health systems research questions through the development of systematic reviews that provide helpful conclusions, have robust methods, and address topics deemed as a priority to the governments of the Americas. These key questions motivated the following prizes to recognize systematic reviews and protocols relevant to the Health Agenda for the Americas 2008-2017. Prizes were announced during the Cochrane-Campbell Colloquium in Keystone, Colorado. Congratulations to all finalists and awardees of this prize.

The prizes were sponsored by PAHO/WHO in collaboration with the Ibero-American Cochrane Center and Network and the contribution of the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID) and announced in this year's Cochrane-Campbell Colloquium in Keystone, CO and will be delivered to the authors in the 2011 Colloquium in Madrid.

In 2011, the prizes will be awarded to the best systematic review and protocol for research on health systems. For any questions about the prize please email

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 Systematic Review Award  

 Protocol Award

"Interventions for American cutaneous and mucocutaneous leishmaniasis", by Drs. Urbà González, Mariona Pinart, Mónica Rengifo-Pardo, Antonio Macaya, Jorge Alvar and John A. Tweed.


"Trypanocidal drugs for late stage, symptomatic Chagas disease" by Drs. Reyes PPA and Vallejo M.

"Homocysteine lowering interventions for preventing cardiovascular events" by Drs. Martí-Carvajal AJ, Solá I, Lathyris D, and Salanti G.

"Exercise or exercise and diet for preventing type 2 diabetes mellitus" by Drs. Orozco LJ, Buchleitner AM, Gimenez-Perez G, Roqué i Figuls M, Richter B and Mauricio D.

"Supplementary feeding with nutritional education for caregivers for promoting growth and development in young children in developing countries", by Drs. Yanina Sguassero, Dave Booker, Jane A Dennis, Alicia Orellano and Edgardo Abalos.

"Interventions for controlling emigration of health professionals from low and middle income countries", by Drs. Peñaloza B, Roda G, Pantoja T, Bustíos G and Herrea C.


"Drugs for treating giardiasis" by Drs. Granados CE, Reveiz L, Cuervo LG, Uribe LG, and Criollo CP.

"Pneumococcal vaccines for prevention of Streptococcus pneumoniae disease in patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy" by Drs. Gómez-Aulí A, Ballesteros M, Gamboa OA and Cuervo S.

"Supplementation with long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) in postpartum lactating women for improving development in breastfed infants" by Drs. Delgado Noguera MF, Calvache España JA, and Bonfill Cosp X.

"Effectiveness and safety of HIV post-exposure prophylaxis after sexual, injecting-drug-use or other non-occupational exposure" by Drs. Martin NV, Almeda J, and Casabona J.

"Antiviral agents for treating CMV infection of the nervous system in people with HIV" by Drs. Klajn DS, Basnak A, Rodriguez V and Nogueira S.