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The GELA (Global evidence, local adaptation) project is designed to enhance evidence informed guideline recommendations for newborn and young child health in Africa. The overall aim is to increase decision makers’ capacity to use global research evidence to develop locally relevant clinical practice guidelines for new-born and child health. Specifically, GELA project will support decision makers in Malawi, Nigeria and South Africa.

This project is headed by the South-African Medical Research Council and is funded by the EDCTP. GELA starts in April 2022, runs for 36 months and includes partners in 7 countries/ institutions.

GELA will build on and add value to the large-scale programme of global child health guideline development lead by the World Health Organization (WHO) with adaptation and implementation lead by the WHO Afro regional office and national ministries.

MAGIC leads the work package on disseminating and communicating CPG recommendations to healthcare providers and the public.

GELA will make use of innovative formats and the MAGIC authoring and publication platform (MAGICapp) to adapt, translate WHO guidelines for national and local use. MAGIC will also support development and adaptation of the guideline recommendations, customised to the needs of decision makers and making use of the GRADE EtD framework.

MAGIC is now hiring a senior researcher to lead and coordinate this work, which is also linked to an ongoing WHO COVID-19 living guideline project (GATEWAY).