Founding Director of Cochrane South Africa honoured - Jimmy Volmink recognised for his contribution to evidencebased healthcareWednesday, 11 Jan 2017
The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) called Prof. Jimmy Volmink, Africa’s ‘father of evidence-based healthcare’. Volmink, also the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University, was presented with the SAMRC Recognition Award for ‘Outstanding Achievements in Contributions to Evidence-based Healthcare in Africa’. Volmink is the founding Director of the first Cochrane Centre on the African continent, Cochrane South Africa, and an internationally acclaimed researcher in health sciences. "His work was underscored by the mission of Cochrane South Africa which stated that health care decision-making on the African continent should be informed by bestavailable evidence. He has supported many researchers to conduct high-quality research and assisted policymakers in South Africa and the region to build the necessary skills to use research evidence effectively," said SAMRC in their commendation statement.
This article was first published in the Cochrane South Africa newsletter, Volume 18, No. 2 December 2016 and is published here with kind permission from Cochrane South Africa.