EVidence to Inform South African TB policies: EVISAT Project
To contribute to evidence-informed policy development in South Africa, the EVISAT: Evidence to Inform South African Tuberculosis policies project, led by the CEBHC, provided oversight, quality assurance and management for the conduct of robust systematic reviews on the epidemiology of and programmatic response to Tuberculosis (TB) in South Africa, while taking stock of international systematic review evidence on strategies to prevent, diagnose, manage and offer services to those with TB.
New systematic reviews
The project commenced with meetings with WHO and National Department of Health to clarify the review questions. Six new systematic reviews were then conducted by six review teams consisting of both TB and systematic review methodology experts. Each review assessed the epidemiology and programmatic response to TB within a specific vulnerable population.
For full text of new systematic reviews visit: http://www.afro.who.int/en/south-africa/country-programmes/4247-tuberculosis-tb.html
Summaries of existing systematic reviews on TB
We identified a large number of existing systematic reviews of the effects of interventions to prevent, diagnose, treat and offer health services to those with TB. At the EVISAT national stakeholder consultation participants reviewed a comprehensive list of existing systematic reviews on TB and selected the reviews that were most relevant to them. Based on this selection process a shortlist of existing systematic reviews was generated. Evidence summaries of these reviews were conducted.
The World Health Organization (WHO) commissioned the EVISAT project in support of the South Africa National Department of Health. USAID and the Joint United Nation Programme on HIV/AIDS funded the EVISAT project. The Centre for Evidence-based Health Care (CEBHC) www.sun.ac.za/cebhc in collaboration with the Desmond Tutu TB Centre (DTTC) www.sun.ac.za/tb, and the Health Systems and Services Research (HSSR) Unit at Stellenbosch University managed the EVISAT project.