Tamara Kredo is a specialist in clinical pharmacology and currently holds the position of senior specialist scientist at the South African Cochrane Centre, South African Medical Research Council. She obtained her MBChB degree (1998) and a Masters in Clinical Pharmacology (2008) at the University of Cape Town. She has a special interest in evidence-based healthcare practice and training, rational therapeutics and clinical practice guidelines. Her research interests have included the safety and interactions of anti-malarials and antiretrovirals in patients with HIV and she has also been responsible for pushing new malaria related policy by establishing a special access programme for the use of the WHO essential medicine Artesunate for the treatment of severe malaria in South Africa. Tamara's current research focuses on the quality and content of clinical practice guidelines within the Southern African Development Community (SADC). This work forms part of a broader project to harmonise essential medicines lists and clinical practice guidelines within SADC to facilitate equitable regional procurement of medicines and devices.