Evidence Aid update: Washington Post and updates on our website

15 October, 2019

Hello everyone

Please find below an interesting article in Sunday's Washington Post that Evidence Aid (Mike Clarke – Founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees for Evidence Aid) provided comment for: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/the-climate-is-changing-but-our-...

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You might also like to read our newest blog titled: Including people with disabilities and older people in gender-based violence programming: How do we move towards action and outcomes in humanitarian response?, authored by Emma Pearce, Sophie Van Eetvelt & Mendy Marsh.

We have also been working on our website and recently introduced a new ‘Search’ on our Resources page which can be found at https://www.evidenceaid.org/resources/ and we’ve also been working on bringing the two joint Evidence Aid and Cochrane collections together.

A now quite large team, headed by Abi Kirubarajan has been working on the collection titled 'The health of refugees and asylum seekers’ has worked on not only bringing the Cochrane Reviews into the collection, but are also assessing the systematic reviews on maternal health for refugees. If you are interested in that subject, please do get in touch!

Megan Benkert has been working on the collection titled ‘Prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition in humanitarian emergencies’ and we have almost completed the work of including all the Cochrane reviews and ensuring translations of those summaries are also available from the main pages for wider accessibility.

Our intern, Jiewon Lim worked hard over the summer on the Ebola collection and presented it several times at different conferences; whilst she is still involved, she is working with a new intern, Megan Hayes and Robin Jha (volunteer) to ensure that systematic reviews published in 2019 are included in the collection.

Thank you very much for your ongoing support, particularly to those who give their time freely to us. If you’d like to make a donation to support our work, we’ve recently introduced a new giving page where you can donate a monthly amount, or a one off donation: https://www.evidenceaid.org/support-the-work-of-evidence-aid/.

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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 (www.evidenceaid.org) 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. http://www.hifa.org/working-groups/access-health-research Email: callen AT evidenceaid.org

[*Note from HIFA moderator: For the benefit of those who may not have immediate web access, here are extracts:

The climate is changing, but our disaster-response system isn’t keeping up, experts say

Eleven months after fire obliterated Paradise, Calif., and left 85 people dead, there has been no such independent investigation. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, tasked with managing the government’s response, has not completed its after-action report. FEMA’s reports, designed to assess its own performance rather than make safety recommendations, are rarely made public...

“The disaster-response industry is probably the only industry left in the world that uses self-analysis to measure impact and make improvements,” said Thomas Kirsch, director of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health at the Uniformed Services University...

A research-driven strategy that includes collecting data during or immediately after disasters and comparing results systematically with other studies is critical, said Mike Clarke, founder and research director of Evidence Aid, an organization that provides data on disasters to practitioners and policymakers around the world.

Self-assessment is “perfectly okay if you are saying, ‘How did we do last time?’ ” Clarke said. “But what we need to be predicting is how we will do next time.”...]