The Centre for Global Health is working with The Cochrane Collaboration to develop Evidence Aid as a means of providing reliable knowledge to improve outcomes in the aftermath of natural disasters; helping people, communities and societies to recover. Evidence Aid is an international initiative to provide high quality, accessible evidence in an effective and timely way; by working with those who need the evidence, those who produce it and those who translate the knowledge on the ground. Humanitarian workers and agencies are increasingly recognising the need to provide the most effective and efficient interventions, but confront many challenges when using current sources of knowledge. Evidence Aid will provide accessible, reliable and up-to-date information from systematic reviews, accompanied by commentaries and contextual information. It will cover a variety of areas, including health, shelter, communication, construction, education, security and support for displaced people.
Dr Bonnix Kayabu has been appointed Evidence Aid Co-ordinator at the Centre for Global Health. He said "The technology, resources, partnerships and knowledge are all coming into place for Evidence Aid. The time has come to ensure that those making decisions about services and interventions following natural disasters have access to the most reliable evidence for those choices."Bonnix will work with Professor Mike Clarke of the Centre and the School of Nursing and Midwifery, who added "There is an urgent need to know what works, what doesn't work and what is unproven for disaster settings. This is not limited to health care and we are seeking and building new partnerships to deliver a collection of knowledge, ranging from a targeted summary, through to a systematic review and its underlying sources. This will be available free of charge and packaged in ways that make it accessible on the internet, on paper and using mobile phone technology".