Systematic Review Centres

Since 2007, the Alliance has supported the synthesis of health policy and systems research in low- and middle-income countries through the establishment of systematic review centres. The need for such a resource is especially acute in these settings due to the limited capacity of individuals, teams, organisations and knowledge systems to support the production and use of systematic reviews.

To date, the Alliance has supported centres in Bangladesh, Chile, China, Lebanon, South Africa and Uganda. The focus of the centres is on reviews addressing questions of how to improve the performance of health systems, and more than 20 systematic reviews and review protocols have been produced so far.

Alliance-Supported Systematic Review Centres

Country Institution
Chile Centre for Systematic Reviews of Health Policy and Systems Research in LMICs in the Americas, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
China China Center for Health Development Studies, Peking University
Lebanon 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)

Collaborating Partners

The Alliance has been working in collaboration with several partners to provide 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.

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