On February 15th 2020, Belgian Red Cross organized its annual “Prelude”, an internal event where volunteers from all over Flanders gather to kick off a new year and to get an overview of the new Belgian Red Cross’ activities. CEBaP shared a stand with the First Aid department to present the jointly developed manual on first aid for mental health problems.
In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic, hence, no more international in-person scientific conferences were held. Despite the cancellation of the Cochrane Colloquium in Toronto, the review process for the submitted abstracts continued. Four of our abstract were accepted and can be found in a special Supplement to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
COVID-19 has not stopped us from sharing knowledge, therefore we contributed to two virtual conferences in October. From 5 to 7 October, the Canadian Red Cross hosted Survival 2020 - The International Red Cross First Aid, Injury Prevention and Aquatics Education Virtual Conference. Jorien Laermans, one of our researchers who also acts as a coordinator of Cochrane First Aid, presented a live webinar on “Consulting, Interpreting & Using First Aid Research Evidence”. From 22 to 24 October, the European Resuscitation Council organized the Resuscitation 2020 Virtual Congress. Vere Borra, researcher at CEBaP and also coordinator of Cochrane First Aid, moderated a one-hour scientific discussion on First Aid and recorded a presentation about the use of limited evidence in guideline development.
On 20 October, the inaugural World Evidence-Based Healthcare (EBHC) Day was celebrated. World EBHC day is a global initiative that raises awareness of the need for better evidence to inform healthcare policy and practice. CEBaP took the opportunity to explain how the Belgian Red Cross implements the methodology of Evidence-Based Practice. We shared our impact stories about evidence-based blood donor selection, teaching first aid to children in sub-Saharan Afica, and the launch of Cochrane First Aid as a tool to introduce evidence into laypeople's lives. We also highlighted various projects on our Twitter feed.
In December's Join the Conversation webinar hosted by Cochrane, CEBaP presented Cochrane First Aid's efforts to disseminate COVID-19 evidence in a multitude of languages.
CEBaP at "Prelude" 2020, before the COVID-19 outbreak.