Evidence Aid newsletter: 10 November 2021

We are pleased to send you this latest newsletter from Evidence Aid, containing information on our evidence collections and projects. Please forward it to anyone who might be interested. If they would like to receive these newsletters directly, they should contact me (callen@evidenceaid.org).


The third of our webinars for the World Health Organization Kobe Centre, based on the WHO Guidance on Research Methods for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management is scheduled for 16 November 2021, between 14.00-15.00 GMT. Panel members Phil Davies, Nia Roberts, Euan Crawshaw, and Ian Goldman will discuss:

  1. Key research resources on the effects of interventions in Health EDRM
  2. How to access these resources
  3. How the evidence from this research might be used in decision making

REGISTER HERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_w-Ig2_PVQrOopVgBJjPm-Q

We continue work on our evidence collections and some of our recent summaries of systematic reviews are:

Healthcare workers’ perceptions and experiences of communicating with older people about vaccination in our COVID-19 collection.

Healthcare workers said that older adults vary in the extent to which they ask about vaccinations and that when vaccination was discussed, a lack of information, misinformation and concerns about vaccination were noted. Factors influencing communication between healthcare workers and older adults about vaccination included the views of the provider, healthcare worker experience in implementing vaccine services and experiences in addressing questions about the disease and associated vaccination.

Field hospitals in disasters in our Earthquake collection.

Tents were the most common structures for establishing field hospitals after earthquakes. In general, field hospitals should contain relief units, diagnostic treatment, an emergency room, an operating room, an intensive care unit, a pharmacy, a laboratory and blood bank, a sterilization department, a special relief and transfer department and a burns department.

Public health interventions in humanitarian crises in our Resilient Health Systems collection.

Topics relevant to public health in humanitarian crises included communicable disease control, water, sanitation, and hygiene, nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, mental health and psychosocial support, non-communicable diseases and injury and rehabilitation. There were major gaps in the evidence base for each of these, as well as a lack of economic data. The authors of the review recommended the development of innovative integrated funding mechanisms to enable the combination of research projects with humanitarian assistance and the establishment of a global humanitarian evidence platform. 

Experiments on terrestrial carbon-cycling responses to global climate change in our Humanitarian Impact of Climate Change collection.

A good understanding of how the terrestrial biosphere responds to global climate change is vital for planning for the impact of future climate change and this is likely to depend on experiments and modelling. Most of the experiments identified for this review assessed single global change drivers. Actual CO2 levels were found to be within the future projections, but precipitation and nitrogen inputs were often higher than projected.

What else?

  • Our Resilient Health Systems collection now contains 62 summaries in English and almost all are also available in French, Portuguese and Spanish.
  • Our work with the WHO Kobe Centre to support the creation of a Knowledge Hub for health emergency and disaster risk management has resulted in many different materials in various formats, which should help a wide range of audiences to learn more about research methods for Health EDRM.
  • In October, we launched an e-mail bulletin that will supplement this newsletter by providing some of our summaries in full.

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We are very grateful to the many volunteers who help Evidence Aid. They contribute to searching, screening and downloading reviews preparing and writing summaries, providing web support and advising on translations.

The Evidence Aid team

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