No Health Without Research: World Health Report for 2012

"In times of financial crisis and competing priorities, it is even more important that evidence and science informs health policy and decision making." Thus states Tikki Pang, Director, Research Policy & Cooperation, World Health Organization. WHO’s forthcoming 2012 World Health Report will be the first to discuss the impact of health research. The hope is to provide a practical "A to Z Guide for Investing in Health Research."

WHO and the Public Library of Science (PLoS) have launched an initiative to encourage researchers to complement and substantiate the key messages in World Health Report 2012 by creating a special WHO/PLoS Collection. Researchers are invited to submit papers for the collection; see details at the PLoS Collections site.

Background information is on Tikki Pang’s blog post on PLoS’ Speaking of Medicine blog and WHO’s World Health report site.