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Public Health Group announces establishment of South Asian satellite

It is with great pleasure that the Cochrane Public Health Group (CPHG) announces the formation of a South Asia satellite based in India.

CPHG South Asia will sit within a new enterprise based at the Manipal University, India, and will align with the Melbourne editorial team and organisational context under the broad title of Public Health Evidence South Asia (PHESA). A major task of PHESA will be to build capacity to address low- and middle-income country (LMIC) priorities in the domain of public health. The satellite plan includes mentoring reviewers for Public Health reviews from the South Asian region; production of reviews relevant to the region; and translation of this knowledge into policy through a network of government and local level institutions.

The satellite will have a three-pronged structure focusing on:

a. evidence synthesis (systematic reviews);

b. primary research (Including methodological development);

c. knowledge translation (i.e. linking evidence to policy).

Led by Prof. Sreekumaran Nair, supported by his newly endowed Chair: the Dr. TMA Pai Endowment Chair in Systematic Reviews and Evidence Based Public Health, together with Dr Ruhi Saith from Oxford Policy Management in New Delhi, PHESA will facilitate the synthesis, production, and dissemination of high quality evidence on the effects of public health interventions relevant to LMIC. The satellite also has the unique advantage of deriving strength and support from the South Asian Cochrane Network and Centre (SACN) at CMC Vellore, headed by Prof. Prathap Tharyan.

The 2014 Cochrane Colloquium, which will be held in Hyderabad, will focus on the theme of public health.This represents a great opportunity for the satellite, working with the SACN, to make a significant contribution to the Colloquium.

If you would like to learn more about PHESA please contact Sree Nair: and Ruhi Saith at

We hope that it will provide a great opportunity to join up interest from Review Groups, Fields, Methods Groups and others from across the Collaboration to build capacity for LMIC and collaborators.

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Updated on: April 22, 2013, 0:19