Evidence Aid newsletter: 19 January 2022

HAPPY NEW YEAR from us all here at Evidence Aid. We look forward to your ongoing support and wish you a healthy and prosperous 2022.

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 info@evidenceaid.org.

2022 Fundraising Appeal: We are reaching out for much needed funds to continue our work through 2022 and beyond. We’re passionate about our work and championing evidence-based humanitarian action before, during and after disasters. Our focus is on producing plain language summaries of systematic reviews to show what the evidence says and we strive to ensure that our resources are easy to understand, available in multiple languages and free at the point of use. Our work is impactful as the evidence collections have been used by tens of thousands of people around the world, often in low- and middle-income countries.

We are entirely reliant on donations, sponsorship and project-specific funding to support our activities. If you might be able to help with a one-off or regular personal donation, corporate sponsorship or funding of a specific project, please get in touch.

The scope of a project can be small and specific, such as identifying evidence gaps in a particular area, or large, such as establishing a new collection as we have done for Resilient Health Systems, where we now have more than 120 summaries available in three languages, in partnership with the Pan American Health Organisation. Depending on its size, a new collection might cost anything from £100,000 upwards, while the annual cost for maintaining an existing collection might be £25,000 to £75,000. Any level of financial support is welcome, no matter how large or small.

You can donate here or contact callen@evidenceaid.org to find out more about working with us.


Our fourth webinar linked to the WHO Guidance on Research Methods for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management is being planned for February. Dell Saulnier of the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden will cover Disaster risk factors – hazards, exposure and vulnerability. The date and further details on free registration for the webinar will be released in the coming weeks – please keep an eye on our social media (see below).

We have now fully launched new features on the Evidence Aid website to allow users to download selected summaries and citations for the underlying systematic reviews. Users can download the information as plain text or import the citation into reference management software.

We have also continued to work on our evidence collections, with three recent summaries covering:

Interventions to reduce burnout in healthcare workers – This review found that, in general, interventions helped to reduce burnout in healthcare workers and may help with the building of resilient healthcare systems. Organisation-directed interventions were associated with medium reductions in staff burnout, while physician directed interventions led to small reductions. (This summary is in our Resilient Health Systems collection.)

Environmental health conditions in the protracted phase of forcible displacement – This review of environmental health in the protracted phase of forced displacement identified the following as the most common topics studied: water, sanitation and crowding. It found that services often don’t meet international standards for humanitarian response and the authors concluded that the evidence should inform a shift from emergency response to sustainability, with displaced populations included in future environmental health policy and monitoring initiatives. (This summary is in our Resilient Health Systems, Humanitarian impact of climate change and Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers collections.)

Injury and rehabilitation interventions in humanitarian crises: Quality of the evidence – In this review, the authors examined the effects of public health interventions during humanitarian crises in low- and middle-income countries and assessed the quality of the evidence. They concluded that although the quality of research in humanitarian settings has increased in recent years, insufficient attention is still paid to it, despite the increasing number of humanitarian actors and the available budgets. (This is in our Resilient Health Systems, Earthquakes and Windstorms collections.)

What else?

Social media: We promote our summaries and the work of Evidence Aid generally through Twitter (@Evidence Aid), Facebook (Evidence Aid – page and group) and Instagram (evidenceaid). Please follow us and share the posts.

Volunteers: Our volunteers provide us with a huge amount of support and contribute to searching, screening and downloading reviews preparing and writing summaries, providing web support and advising on translations. We are always grateful for their support. Anyone interested in joining as a volunteer is welcome to contact us at info@evidenceaid.org.

The Evidence Aid team: Information about the Evidence Aid staff and interns is available on our website.