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Cochrane South Asia- special focus on health in South Asian region

What is Cochrane South Asia?

Cochrane South Asia is one among 14 independent centres of Cochrane, an international organization of individuals and institutions that seeks to help healthcare providers, policy makers, patients, their families, advocates and others make well-informed decisions about health care by preparing, updating and promoting the accessibility of Cochrane Systematic Reviews.  These reviews are published online in The Cochrane Library.

When was Cochrane South Asia established?

Cochrane South Asia, previously known as the South Asian Cochrane Network and Centre, was established in January of 2004, as a branch of the Australasian Cochrane Centre, with geographical responsibility for South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the Maldives and Nepal).  

In July 2008, it was re-designated as an independent centre of Cochrane, with the coordinating centre at the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, in India and five network sites in India, two in Pakistan, one in Sri Lanka, and one in Bangladesh. On March 1, 2011, the Centre had 680 contributors from the countries in the region.  In 2015, as part of the rebranding exercise in Cochrane, the Centre was renamed as Cochrane South Asia. 

From the time of its inception till date, Prof Prathap Tharyan, Professor of Psychiatry, CMC Vellore, has served as Director, supported by a steering group comprising of the coordinators of each Network Site, and an Advisory Board. 

Who funds the activities of Cochrane South Asia? 

Cochrane South Asia is currently being funded by the Effective Healthcare Research Consortium via the DFID, UK.

Where is Cochrane South Asia located?

Cochrane South Asia is hosted by the Prof Bhooshanam V Moses Centre for Evidence-Informed Healthcare at CMC, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. The hosting centre was established in December 2004 to build capacity in the institution to increase the uptake of reliable and locally relevant evidence to inform health decisions, and to co-ordinate the activities of what was then known as the South Asian Cochrane Network. It is named in memory of Prof. Bhooshanam Vasanthakumar Moses, who was Professor of Surgery and former Principal of the Christian Medical College, at the suggestion of his MBBS batch-mates, who also donated funds towards establishing some of the infrastructure of the Centre. CMC alone has more than a 100 clinicians involved as authors of systematic reviews.