Evidence synthesis is a powerful research process that allows researchers to combine and analyze all the data from multiple studies and draw conclusions based on all the available evidence. This helps to identify knowledge gaps, establish evidence driven policy and practice, and assist policymakers and practitioners in their decision-making.
BNMT partnered with Professor Paul Garner and his team of experts at the Centre for Evidence Synthesis for Global Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK, to identify questions of local importance to Nepal and conduct high-quality, comprehensive evidence reviews. The READ-IT project aims to generate high-quality evidence through systematic reviews to inform policy decisions by the government on important public health problems of Nepal. Our current topics are (1) a review of the evidence for continuing the current vitamin A supplementation programme to young children in Nepal and (2) a review of the evidence for or against starting blanket calcium supplementation to pregnant woman in Nepal.
We expect to publish these two reviews in early 2022 and will hold policy consultations with stakeholders to disseminate and discuss the implications of findings for public health policy.