The ICMR Advanced Centre for Evidence based Child Health (ACEBCH) was established at the Advanced Pediatrics Centre, PGIMER under the aegis of ICMR in May, 2012. The centre was formerly headed by Prof. Meenu Singh, the now director of AIMS, Rishikesh. The Centre is currently headed by Dr. Joseph L Mathew, Professor and Head, Pulmonology Division, Advanced Pediatrics Centre, PGIMER. This is the first Centre of its kind in the whole country with co-investigators and a team of scientists, senior research fellows and technical assistant, bio-statistician, librarian and data-entry operator. The centre has produced more than 20 high quality systematic reviews and mentored over 40 systematic reviews. There have been over 30 publications in indexed journals with some of them with high impact factors (including 4 Cochrane reviews). The centre has contributed to national guidelines formulation in asthma, celiac disease, newborn care tuberculosis and non-communicable diseases.

Following are the broad objective of the centre:


To conduct systematic reviews in order to answer specific research questions related to child health and topics of national importance.


To analyze and interpret information from systematic reviews for Evidence informed policies for child health.


To conduct health technology assessments and economic evaluations in child health care.


To establish networking with various institutes and medical colleges across the globe.


To build capacity in chosen peripheral centres to conduct systematic reviews and to promote practice and teaching of Evidence Based healthcare in children. For this objective, the Centre conducts the following workshops: