92% of medical professionals 'agree that misinformation and anti-science pose a dangerous threat to the future of healthcare' (8)

3 October, 2019

Dear Pam

I entirely share your concern re "it is apparently so easy for misinformation and lack of complete information to be disseminated and promoted as of value in determining one's approach to health care." With the PACK programme we use WHO guidelines and evidence updates from the BMJ Knowledge Centre to create and maintain the "PACK Global content". You can read more about the rigour of the Knowledge centres evidence appraisal, grading, filtration and synthesis process here: https://bestpractice.bmj.com/info/benefits-features/evidence-based/our-e...

We then work with in-country teams from the Health Ministries or their partners to localise the global content in accordance with local essential drug lists, standard treatment guidelines and available equipment and diagnostic tests- for use by primary health care clinicians. Ensuring rigour during the localisation (and updating) process is always a concern, so the KTU/BMJ team offer mentorship and quality assurance throughout the process of localisation (and updating) of the in-country guides and training materials.

Bw Tracy

HIFA Profile: Tracy Eastman is a medical doctor and health manager. She is Director of International development of PACK (Practical Approach to Care Kit), working for the University of Cape Towns Lung Institute Knowledge Translation Unit, South Africa (UCT KTU), in partnership with the British Medical Journal (BMJ). She is based in London.

Professional interests: Primary care, Public health, Global health, Health service management, Health IT, Health Knowledge management. Collaboration and partnership to enable and improve health services for the most needy in LMIC communities.

teastman AT iafrica.com