International Symposium on Evidence Based Public Health Interventions in Low and Middle Income Countries, November 7-8, 2012
  • Inauguration by Vice Chancellor
  • Dr Ruhi Saith, Delhi
  • Dr Nayanjeet Chaudhury, Delhi
  • Dr Esther Coren, U.K
  • Prof. A Pathmeswaran, Srilanka

Manipal University in collaboration with Cochrane Public Health Review group has organized an International symposium on Evidence Based Public health for Middle and low income countries. The Symposium was held at Manipal on 7-8 November 2012 and attended by over 147 delegates.

Aim of the symposium was to provide an overview of challenges involved in the evaluation of public health interventions, so as to provide a strong evidence base. The symposium also discussed the role of the CPHG in synthesizing evidence of public health interventions through systematic reviews. It allowed a discussion of interest in, and the potential roles for, a Cochrane public health group satellite Centre for South Asian Region. .

There was unanimous support for a satellite base of CPHG in the region. It was expected that such a base would result in a wider spread of topics addressed by CPHG reviews including topics of relevance to LMICs and the inclusion of more authors from LMICs as well as increasing awareness of the use of evidence for policy, and obtaining funding to help sustain CPHG activities in the region. Very importantly, it was felt that such a satellite could support access to literature (which was identified in the meeting as a major need) relevant to CPHG activities.

Initial activities of a satellite were expected to be directed towards two main Endeavors: capacity building and training that may include modules on evidence, public health, knowledge translation and systematic reviews in preventive medicine/public health relevant to the region .

Given the positive conclusions of the meeting the CPHG has decided to apply for registration of a South Asian Cochrane Public Health Group satellite to be based at Manipal University under the stewardship of Professor Sreekumaran Nair who has been awarded a chair in Public Health Evidence, with a focus on the South Asian region. .