Using and generating relevant evidence in LMICs by actively engaging stakeholders

Topic category Knowledge translation and communicating evidence
Date and Location
Monday 1 October 2012 - 13:30 - 15:00
Contact persons and facilitators
Contact person Affiliation Country
Manu Easow Mathew (Contact this person) South Asian Cochrane Network and Centre India
Facilitator Affiliation Country
Ann Cherian South Asian Cochrane Network and Center India
Aneesh Thomas George South Asian Cochrane Centre India
Richard Kirubakaran South Asian Cochrane Network and Centre India
Anna Joseph South Asian Cochrane Network and Centre India
Prathap Tharyan South Asian Cochrane Network & Centre, Prof. BV Moses & ICMR Advanced Centre for Research & Training in Evidence Informed Health Care Christian Medical College India
Manu Easow Mathew South Asian Cochrane Network and Centre India
Target audience
Target audience: 
Contributors and Cochrane staff from low- and middle-income countries
Is your workshop restricted to a specific audience or open to all Colloquium participants?: 
Level of knowledge required: 
Type of workshop
Type of workshop: 
Abstract text
Evidence-informed health care is still an emerging concept in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). To respond to the challenge of generating and disseminating evidence relevant to LMICs, we need to evolve and grow constantly.

At the South Asian Cochrane Centre, we serve as knowledge brokers to a varied group of stakeholders, devising solutions to sensitise them to evidence-based practices, while keeping their specific contexts in mind. We engage with policy makers, professional bodies, journals, media, consumers and students, to win them over and provide evidence in a format they can understand and apply.

The results have included:
• steady increase in the numbers accessing The Cochrane Library, free in India largely due to our efforts;
• commissioning of systematic reviews by the ICMR (apex research organisation in India);
• training workshops that routinely run at full capacity, with increasing participation from the public health department;
• the popular Cochrane Students Journal Club, which has successfully piloted its mode of disseminating evidence and is currently building a new website; and
• compiling evidence for a landmark workshop for a toxicology group.

Through this workshop we wish to discuss the merits, demerits, limitations, and improvements of our strategies.