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A Path to Progress: Implementing the Sendai Framework’s global mandate for better evidence in disasters

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Author: Lorcan Clarke
Themes – Sendai Framework, Evidence, Data and Collaboration
“There is a need to address existing challenges and prepare for future ones by focusing on monitoring, assessing and understanding disaster risk and sharing such information and on how it is created.” UN Member States, 18 March …

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Facilitating continuity across UK Disaster research

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Authors: Dr. Maurice Said and Dr. Hayley Watson – Trilateral Research Ltd.
In 2016, the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS) funded a study to map and visualise data on the distribution of disaster research funding in the UK. The data shows funded projects in disaster …

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The Quarantine Conundrum: Perspectives for the humanitarian community

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Author: Prof. Dr. Kristi L. Koenig, MD, FACEP, FIFEM, FAEMS
Humanitarian aid workers may be activated to respond to Emerging Infectious Disease (EID) crises, such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa declared by the World Health Organization to be a Public Health Emergency of International …

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Evidence in the face of adversity: studying psychological interventions in humanitarian settings

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Photo: Copyright WHO – M. Kokic.
Authors: Melissa Harper Shehadeh and Mark van Ommeren
Communities affected by adversity, including those facing challenges caused by major humanitarian emergencies, need effective psychological interventions but there is a lack of practical and available tools to help large numbers of people. The World Health …

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New year, new you? What the WHS can learn from failed new year’s resolutions

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By Alice Obrecht, Research Fellow, ALNAP
[Much of the thinking behind this blog was sparked by the fantastic discussions at the 4th Annual Evidence Aid Conference]
It’s January, a time for new year’s resolutions and self-improvement regimens. Yet many of these resolutions are abandoned by February. For …

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We could be heroes – reflective blog from Mike Clarke

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Mike Clarke, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences – Professor/Director of Methodology Hub, Queen’s University, Belfast.
The end of a year is a time to look back.
It’s a time to remember those who have passed and suffered. Alongside famous individuals, such as David Bowie, who …

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From evidence based policy to the good governance of evidence

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Justin Parkhurst, Associate Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science
As Paul Cairney’s blog noted, many of those promoting evidence-based policymaking (EBPM) fail to engage with the political nature of the arena in which evidence is being used.  Policymaking is fundamentally political in that it requires …

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Prioritising the generation of evidence on infant and young child feeding interventions in emergencies

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 Authors: Claudine Prudhon, Jacqueline Frize and Prisca Benelli
The need for evidence-based humanitarian interventions is gaining momentum, as discussed in a recent blog entry by Jeremy Shoham and Marie McGrath. Unfortunately, as noted by the two Field Exchange founders, “the few reviews of evidence in humanitarian nutrition programming show that …

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Why we need Evidence for Aid and why CEBM is partnering with Evidence Aid

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Author: Professor Carl Heneghan, Director Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, University of Oxford
CEBM partners with Evidence Aid: Evidence Aid is an international charity based in Oxford established after the Indian Ocean tsunami of 26 December 2004
In humanitarian disasters you need people with acute trauma care skills to find and …

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Evidence in humanitarian emergencies: what does it look like?

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By Jeremy Shoham and Marie McGrath, ENN
Over 20 years, ENN has published Field Exchange to help achieve our purpose of strengthening the evidence and know-how for effective nutrition interventions in countries prone to crisis and high levels of malnutrition. It provides the experiences of those implementing nutrition …

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