South African GRADE Network

 About the South African GRADE Network

The network will contribute to capacity building and enhanced use of GRADE methodology within South Africa. It is jointly led and managed by Cochrane South Africa and the Centre for Evidence Based Health Care, Stellenbosch University.
The South African GRADE Network has the following aims:
  • To bring together contributors to GRADE within South Africa
  • To jointly agree on the priorities and strategies for advancing GRADE activities
  • To build on the extensive research and training experience of individuals within the network to maximise GRADE training, research and guideline activities in South Africa


The Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) Working Group began in 2000 as an informal collaboration with an interest in addressing the shortcomings of grading systems in healthcare. The working group has developed a common, transparent approach to grading quality (or certainty) of evidence and strength of recommendations. A GRADE centre or network serves as the hub within a region for GRADE-related questions, support and collaboration opportunities.


The network is supported by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and Stellenbosch University (SU).

Project-specific funding to support the conduct of some of the rapid reviews informing South African guidelines is partly supported by:
  • Collaboration for Evidence Based Health Care and Public Health in Africa COVID-19 (CEBHA+) project
  • Research, Evidence and Development Initiative (READ-It) (project number 3003420104) is funded by UK aid from the UK government; however, the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government's official policies
  • Cochrane South Africa, SAMRC
  • Centre for Evidence-based Health Care, SU

Partners and funders

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For more information send an email to or contact:

Tamara Kredo
Cochrane SA
T +27 21 938 0508
Taryn Young
Centre for Evidence Based Health Care
T +27 21 938 9886