Prof BV Moses Centre for Evidence Informed Healthcare and Health policy which hosted the Cochrane South Asia one among fourteen independent centres of the Cochrane Collaboration.
When was BVMC established? BVMC 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, Adjunct Professor, Clinical Epidemiology Unit of CMC Vellore, is serving as Director, supported by a steering group comprising of the coordinators of each Network Site, and an Advisory Board.
The Cochrane South Asia (SASIANCC) is one among 14 independent centers of The Cochrane Collaboration, 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.