Evidence Aid newsletter: 20 December 2021

SEASONS GREETINGS from everyone here at Evidence Aid. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their ongoing support and to wish you all a very, peaceful and safe holiday period.

We’ve had a productive year in 2021, continuing to expand our COVID-19 evidence collection, adding new Earthquakes and Humanitarian impact of climate change collections in the middle of the year, and ending with a new Resilient Health Systems collection curated in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization. This newsletter contains information on these and our other 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 took place on 16 November and work has now started for the next one, planned for late January.  This will be led by Dell Saulnier of the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and cover chapter 3.2 of the guidance:  Disaster risk factors – hazards, exposure and vulnerability. The date and further details will be released in the coming weeks.

Evidence Aid Website

We’ve added new features to our website to allow users to download selected records. Our summaries and the citations for the systematic reviews can be downloaded as plain text or imported into your own reference management software.

We continue work on our evidence collections and here are three recent examples from our Resilient Health Systems Collection:

Primary-level worker interventions for the care of people living with mental disorders and distress in low- and middle-income countries

Community based healthcare delivered by primary-level workers is becoming a preferred approach to increase access to public health services, especially for people with mental health disorders in low- and middle-income countries.  

Pre-travel health advice guidelines for humanitarian workers

Resilient health systems need to be ready and responsive to health emergencies but may still need assistance from elsewhere, which might require pre-deployment travel health advice and safety preparation for humanitarian workers. This systematic review includes articles about pre-travel interventions and recommendations for health-preserving measures in volunteers and professionals deploying in humanitarian relief missions. 

Hospital disaster resilience

Hospitals that are resilient are likely to be better able to provide essential services during and after disasters and other health emergencies. This systematic review covers factors, indicators, variables, models or instruments that impact on the resilience of structural or non-structural systems of hospitals in the context of disasters. 

What else?

  • Our Resilient Health Systems collection now contains 124 summaries in English. Almost all are also available in French, Portuguese and Spanish and we hope to expand this collection further in the first quarter of 2022.
  • Phase 1 of our work with the WHO Kobe Centre to support the creation of a Knowledge Hub for health emergency and disaster risk management is now completed, and discussions are taking place for Phase 2 in 2022.
  • We have added a further 17 summaries to our COVID-19 Collection taking the total to more than 570, available in 8 languages. The full collection is available here.

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We want to say a big THANK YOU to the many volunteers who help us at Evidence Aid and to all those who have done so in the past, especially as we built the COVID-19 collection over the past two years.  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.

The Evidence Aid team

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

We are always grateful for support in any way you or your organisation feel able to so that we can continue our much-respected work.  If you’d like to get involved, commission us to work with your organisation or to sponsor or donate much needed funds, then we’d love to hear from you.

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