Novel coronavirus (87) Five ways to put evidence into action during outbreaks like COVID-19 (2)

5 March, 2020

Dear Claire and all,

Thank you for pointing us to this news piece by Ahmad Firas Khalid, Health Policy Researcher and Advisor at McMaster University, US.

The article emphasises five priorities, all of which align directly with the HIFA vision:

1. Strengthen up-to-date and accessible research evidence websites.

2. Establish key networks to co-ordinate and share quality and timely evidence.

3. Provide rapid evidence summaries.

4. Turn research evidence into explicit actionable points such as checklists.

5. Increase the value of using evidence to inform interventions.

The time is now for international health agencies, funding agencies, big tech companies and others to step up and support collective efforts to create a world where every person will have access to the information they need to protect their own health and the healthy of others, in a language they can understand, and where people are protected from the growing cancer of misinformation. As Dr Tedros said a few weeks ago: "More than ever it’s time to let science & evidence lead policy. If we don’t, we are headed down a dark path that leads nowhere but division and disharmony".

Best wishes,


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