WHO launched EVIPNet Eastern Mediterranean Region - the regional network of WHO-sponsored evidence-to-policy partnerships potentialy in 13 Eastern Mediterranean countries  
on January 28-29, 2009 at a successful workshop held at WHO 
EMRO HQ in Beirut, Lebanon. This meeting brought together senior health policy-makers and researchers from 13 countries in Eastern Mediterranean Region. In the current initial planning phase of EVIPNet-EMR, countries create their concept for partnerships between researchers and policy-makers; develop their teams; and host workshops in each country to identify priorities.
EVIPNet EMR can trace its origins to local inspiration and resulting preparatory work that led to the establishment of evidence-informed appraoch in policy-making with Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Iran. 
The next step is to establish EVIPNet Eastern Mediterranean Region Steering Group and to encourage and assist Member States in establishment national EVIPNet. 

Potential EVIPNet Countries

  • Egypt

  • Iran

  • Jordan

  • Libya

  • Lebanon

  • Morocco

  • Oman

  • Saudi Arabia

  • Somalia

  • Sudan

  • Syria

  • Tunisia

  • Yemen

EVIPNet Eastern Mediterranean Steering group

Minister of Health, Iran has formally conveyed their desire to host the Secretariat of EVIPNet EMR in the Ministry of Health, Iran .
The Implementation is in process. 

EVIPNet Eastern Mediterranean Country teams

Implementation process. To be define

EVIPNet Eastern Mediterranean Achievements to Date

Though EVIPNet's actions in Eastern Mediterrenean have been only recently launched, it did host a successful Regional workshop of EMR Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet EMR) in Beirut, Lebanon in January of 2009.

To maintain the momentum and benefit from the harmony created in Lebanon, another workshop related to better use of research evidence in decision-making entitled as "use of knowledge and research evidence for improved health policies" was held from 15-17 February 2009 in Iran. More than 30 senior policymakers and researchers from the Region participated in this workshop