Welcome to PHESA


Public Health Evidence South Asia was founded in 2013 by Dr. N. Sreekumaran Nair, with the support of the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). They aspired to establish a research organisation which aimed to meet the public health evidence needs of the South Asian region. Starting out as the South Asian satellite of the Cochrane Public Health Group, we have grown into an international network with global collaborations, including over 10 universities and public health organisations.

Like the university, our staff and interns have roots around the globe. We aim to partner with various organisations, businesses 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.

These pages will tell you more about our impact and how we make a difference.


We envision a future of global networking and collaboration to address the public health evidence needs of LMICs, through capacity building and mentoring researchers throughout South Asia.


1. Mentor researchers from LMICs, and provide support in evidence-building to enable public health interventions and maximise their effectiveness in LMICs.
2. Develop and maintain strategies that assist policy-makers and practitioners in the process of effective and informed decision-making.
3. Disseminate evidence to the general population through various methods of public engagement, including both media and events.


Systematic Reviews

By conducting systematic reviews, we collate all the available evidence on a specific issue in order to provide the most complete and up-to-date answers to research questions. Our systematic reviews are routinely used to influence researchers, practitioners and policy-makers, and to interpret public health evidence specific to the South Asian region.

Qualitative Research

While quantitative methods form the backbone of public health research, venturing into newer research areas and finding explanations for sociocultural behaviours often requires qualitative methodology to effectively explore new territories. As public health is increasingly being viewed as a social science, there is a growing demand for qualitative techniques. Our Centre for Qualitative Methods (CQM) aims to meet this need by serving as a regional hub for capacity building in qualitative methods.

Policy engagement

Our work influences policy and fosters sustainable policy change as a means to achieve long term goals. We evaluate existing public health and development policies for their effectiveness, develop research to implement change and involve decision-makers to introduce new policies.