South Africa Partners


South African Medical Research Council 

Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care,
Stellenbosch University  

Lead people

Taryn YoungCochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council. 

Tamara KredoSouth African Medical Research Council. 



Main interests

  • Preparing and conducting systematic reviews.
  • Training and supporting systematic review author team.
  • Promoting the use of systematic reviews by researchers, clinicians, guideline development teams and policymakers.  

Consortium work areas 

  • Conducting and supporting relevant robust Cochrane and non-Cochrane systematic reviews.
  • Engaging decision makers and influencing national policies in TB, nutrition and essential drugs.
  • Provincial health staff demanding, accessing and using evidence synthesis in their decision making (proof of concept project in one province in Cameroon and one in South Africa).

Current projects 

  • Reviews: we have an active review portfolio covering topics of relevance to the African region.
  • Influencing provincial, national and international guidelines: we are working with the South African National Department of Health on the National Obesity strategy and engaging on the essential drug list development process. We also worked with the Tuberculosis directorate to provide evidence synthesis to inform policy development.
  • Capacity development: we offer fellowships for systematic review authors to have time out to work on their reviews. We also work with guideline developers, researchers and clinicians to enhance their capacity to find, interpret and consider the use of systematic reviews.

Consortium staff 

Professor Taryn Young, 
CEBHC Director
Professor Charles Shey, 
Cochrane SA Director              
Dr Tamara Kredo,
Cochrane SA Deputy Director
Dr Celeste Naude,
CEBHC Senior Researcher             
Dr Eleanor Ochodo,
CEBHC Senior Researcher
Anke Rohwer,
CEBHC Researcher
Traci Naidoo,
CEBHC Project Manager

Joy Oliver, 
Cochrane SA Chief Officer
Solange Durão, 
Cochrane SA Senior Scientist
Lindi Mathebula,
Cochrane SA Scientist
Ameer Hohlfeld,
Cochrane SA Scientist


Ingrid Eshun-Wilsonova,
Cochrane SA, Editor
Nosicelo Mchiza,
Cochrane SA Senior Administrative Officer
Michelle Galloway,
Cochrane SA Communications Officer