Cochrane is an international not-for-profit and independent organization, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide. It produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and promotes the search for evidence in the form of clinical trials and other studies of interventions.

The work of Cochrane is facilitated by 14 Cochrane Centres and 16 Centre branches around the World. Cochrane Nigeria, which is one of such branches, was established in February 2006. Cochrane Activities in Nigeria, however, date back as far as 1998 when the current Director, Professor Martin Meremikwu, met with Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Infectious Group, and was subsequently supported by that group to develop two Cochrane Systematic Reviews ‘Blood transfusion for treating severe malarial anaemia’ and ‘Antipyretics for treating fever in malaria’. With local institutional support and grants support, training in Evidence Based Medicine and Cochrane Systematic Reviews began in 1999.

Since then, the work of Cochrane has continued to grow in Nigeria and over 140 Nigerians have been involved in Cochrane as Cochrane Systematic Review authors, members of the Consumers Network and as entity (Branch) staff.



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