The Global Program on Evidence for Health Policy was established in WHO in 1998, with Dr. Brundtland being appointed to the post of Director General. The rationale was the strengthen the scientific and ethical foundations of evidence-based health policy development. The programs reflects the desire of the Organization to ensure that all its policy recommendations are based on the soundest evidence possible. It also recognizes the need to provide support to policy makers to help them generate and use evidence appropriately. [To view this article, please download the PDF.]