The Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG) was established in 2001 by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an independent source of technical expertise on child morbidity and mortality estimates at global and country levels. The CHERG process can be described as: 1) identify priority questions; 2) convene small technical working groups representing the best scientists to address the questions; 3) conduct extensive systematic reviews, analyses and modeling to develop estimates; and 4) use regular meetings involving the lead scientists from the groups to maintain progress and to provide peer review, thus ensuring high quality and transparency. The CHERG is comprised of independent experts and is co-sponsored by WHO and UNICEF. These organizations have designated technical staff that assist in coordination of the activities of CHERG and are in communication concerning the questions being addressed by CHERG with other staff within their organizations.

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