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Aid should be evidence-based even in a crisis

WATCHING the unfolding disaster in the Philippines, let's hope that the arrival of aid is based on the same standards of evidence that we now expect for healthcare in more routine circumstances.

The concept of evidence-based healthcare is widely accepted in routine care and should apply in humanitarian emergencies.

Good intentions are not enough. Evidence on the likely effects is required and it needs to influence decision and choices.

In that way, the response is likely to do more good than harm.

MIKE CLARKE

Founder/director Evidence Aid

Queen's University, Belfast

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