Public Health Evidence South Asia (PHESA) is an initiative which includes the South Asian satellite of Cochrane Public Health (CPH), based at Manipal Academy of higher Education. Public Health Evidence South Asia aims to meet the public health evidence needs of the South Asian region. Presently, we have grown into an international network with global collaborations, including many universities, public health organizations and NGOs

Our staff and interns have roots around the globe. We aim to partner with various organizations and individuals across subject areas to solve a variety of public health problems faced by low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). We work together to foster a flexible environment which inspires new ideas, debate, change and innovation; with a focus on capacity building in public health research.


To facilitate the synthesis, production and dissemination of high quality evidence of effect of Public Health interventions relevant to South Asian Region.

  1. Capacity Building Mentoring reviewers and methodologists in South Asian region for conducting and appreciating systematic reviews of public health importance.

  2. Evidence building producing systematic reviews of public health interest relevant to South Asian region.

  3. Networking With institutions and individuals across the region.

  4. Primary Research Including methodological development for knowledge synthesis and translation.

  5. Knowledge dissemination and Advocacy