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China and Japan stick it to floods, quakes and tsunamis

ClaireA

Evidence Aid working on similar project but providing evidence to help make informed decisions

Hi there,

This seems like a really interesting project and one that is timely and related to the project which I, myself work on which is Evidence Aid. The Evidence Aid project was established following the tsunami in the Indian Ocean in December 2004. It uses knowledge from Cochrane Reviews and other systematic reviews to provide reliable, up-to-date evidence on interventions that might be considered in the context of natural disasters and other major healthcare emergencies. Evidence Aid seeks to highlight which interventions work, which don’t work, which need more research, and which, no matter how well meaning, might be harmful; and to provide this information to agencies and people planning for, or responding to, disasters.

Evidence Aid has three main elements. The first provides an urgent response to the evidence needs that arise during and in the short-term after the event, by bundling together very brief summaries of the findings of systematic reviews of relevance to, for example, the management of injuries. The second provides a context specific resource for the evidence needs that arise during the subsequent weeks and months. These collections should also be useful as part of the planning for disaster risk reduction and alleviating the impact of a disaster. Finally, the third element is a process to gather information about the need for evidence and to seek to ensure that this need is met through up-to-date systematic reviews of the relevant research.

If you need more information or want to be in touch in relation to similar projects, please contact us through our website (www.evidenceaid.org), follow us on Twitter (@EvidenceAid) or join our Facebook Page (Evidence Aid).

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