Bringing it all together to alleviate suffering and save lives: understanding how systematic reviews can strengthen humanitarian action

24 April, 2019

Dear all,

I’m pleased to let you know that Evidence Aid is hosting a new training course on 26th June, in Oxford, UK titled “Bringing it all together to alleviate suffering and save lives: understanding how systematic reviews can strengthen humanitarian action” (for more information, click on the following link: )

A brief outline of the course follows:


Amidst the death, devastation and injury of a disaster or other major crises, those providing humanitarian assistance need to be confident that they are using the best available evidence when making decisions and delivering their response. The affected people and communities deserve nothing less, but it is not always easy. The good news is that it can be made easier, more relevant and more reliable by following evidence-based practices that have become standard in more ordinary circumstances in rich countries. Systematic reviews, or evidence syntheses, are fundamental to this and this unique course from Evidence Aid provides a one-day introduction to these reviews. It will help people working at all levels in humanitarian action to understand how these reviews are done, allowing them to see how they can make best use of them.

The conduct and use of systematic reviews in the health sector stretches back over several decades and for the last 30 years, course tutor and one of the founders of Evidence Aid, Professor Mike Clarke has been doing, using and teaching about them. He will explain how bringing together evidence can support decision making in the context of disasters and the organisation of humanitarian aid – both in programming and in operational work. The course provides learning and practical experience in a small group setting, drawing on examples relevant to the humanitarian sector to illustrate key points. Participants have left previous courses feeling more comfortable about decision-making and their assessment of evidence, and more confident that they and their organisations will be better placed to use this evidence to alleviate suffering and save lives.


If you can share this information in your networks and with colleagues/friends you think might be interested, we would be very grateful.

With best wishes,


Claire Allen

Operations Manager

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HIFA profile: Claire Allen is Operations Manager at Evidence Aid, UK. Professional interests: Evidence Aid ( provides evidence for people in disaster preparedness and response to make better decisions. Areas of interest = humanitarian crises, natural disasters and major healthcare emergencies (disaster = when a country is unable to cope with the disaster/crisis or emergency). She is a member of the HIFA Working Group on Access to Health Research and the HIFA Working Group on Library and Information Services.

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