There has been a sharp contrast between evidence and policies during the pandemic, but these actions will encourage evidence-informed policymaking as we move forward.
Tanja Kuchenmüller, M.A., M.Sc, coordinates the Evidence to Policy and Impact unit in the Research for Health Department, Science Division, at World Health Organization Headquarters. The unit has the dual mandate of (1) strengthening country capacity in generating, translating and using the best available research evidence in policies and practice, and (2) providing leadership on policies in research to ensure access and scale-up. Until July 2020, she coordinated the Knowledge Management, Evidence and Research for Policy-Making unit; Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation at the WHO Regional Office for Europe, encompassing the following regional networks and initiatives: the Evidence-informed Policy Network (EVIPNet), Health Evidence Network (HEN), European Health Research Network (EHRN) and other health research and evidence-informed policy-making related areas, such as the European Advisory Committee on Health Research (EACHR). Previously, she worked for and eventually led the WHO Initiative to Estimate the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases at WHO Headquarters (2006-12). Prior to her career at WHO, Tanja worked for several years in the area of HIV/AIDS for the United Nations Development Programme in New York and for the German Development Service in Mali and Germany.
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