Cochrane Reviews on maternal and child health by the READ-It team
The Research, Evidence and Development Initiative (READ-It) is an accountable grant funded by UK aid through the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) (project number 300342-104) and runs from 2018 to 2024. READ-It builds upon the previous work of the UK aid-funded Effective Health Care Research Consortium (EHCRC) (grant number 5242). Visit the archived EHCRC website to find out more about EHCRC’s work from 2009-2018.
High-quality systematic reviews are key to informing FCDO policies and health-related sustainable development goals, and are exactly what READ-It will produce. These systematic reviews are carefully conducted assessments of the reliable research evidence, and are sifted, appraised, and summarized. Each review has a specific research question, often related to the effects of an intervention or policy for the health of poor people. This new initiative will allow READ-It to identify topics, assemble multidisciplinary review teams, produce and quality assure the reviews, disseminate the findings, and update the reviews as new evidence emerges.
The authors of this review evaluated the benefits and harms of balanced solutions for the rapid rehydration of children with severe dehydration due to acute diarrhoea, in terms of time in hospital and mortality compared to 0.9% saline.
How well patients adhere to their tuberculosis (TB) treatment influences their recovery and development of drug resistance, but influences on adherence are multiple and often competing. The authors synthesised qualitative studies from a setting in the Indian subcontinent to understand the dimensions and dynamics involved to help inform service provision.
The WHO Guidelines for Malaria bring together the WHO's most up-to-date recommendations for malaria. These guidelines supersede two previous WHO publications: the 'Guidelines for the treatment of malaria, third edition' and the 'Guidelines for malaria vector control'. This version of the Guidelines includes recommendations on two new types of insecticide-treated nets.
What's New! CIDG publications May 2023
READ-It update on publications: January to March 2023