Systematic Review Centres

Since 2007, the Alliance has pioneered support for the establishment of systematic review centres in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where the need for such a resource is especially acute.

The establishment of the project saw the launch of four systematic review centres in Bangladesh, Chile, China and Uganda. The programme expanded in 2013 to include two new centres and currently supports centres in Chile, China, Lebanon, and South Africa.

The focus of these centres is to conduct reviews which address questions of how to improve the performance of health systems. To date, more than 20 publications and review protocols have been produced.

The Alliance has been working in collaboration with partners providing technical support for the centres. These include the Norwegian satellite of the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Group (EPOC), the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre), UCL Institute of Education, London, and the Effective Health Care Research Programme Consortium, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in England.

Alliance-Supported Systematic Review Centres


Centre for Systematic Reviews of Health Policy and Systems Research in LMICs in the Americas, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


China Center for Health Development Studies, Peking University


The Center for Systematic Reviews on Health Policy and Systems Research (SPARK), American University of Beirut

South Africa

South African Initiative for Systematic Reviews on Health Policies and Systems (SAI)

Areas of Work