Twenty October marks World Evidence-Based Healthcare (EBHC) Day, a global initiative raising awareness for better evidence to inform healthcare policy, practice and decision making. It is an opportunity to educate a broad audience about the importance of evidence-based healthcare and encourage debate and discussion amongst the global evidence community.
The campaign for this 4th edition of World EBHC Day is centred on Evidence and Global Health Equity. Health inequities are the unfair, unjust and avoidable differences in health caused by how power, resources, and money are distributed in society. According to the World Health Organisation “achieving an impact on global health and equity is the ultimate aim of better use of research evidence in health decision-making”. However, the ways in which we commission, fund, produce, synthesise, disseminate, translate and use evidence to inform health policy and practice can either worsen existing health inequities or help to address and overcome health equity challenges. For that reason, the 2023 campaign is a call to action to take concrete steps towards equity-centred evidence-informed decision making.
For the 4th year in a row, CEBaP is a proud Evidence Ambassador. In a blog article on the World EBHC Day website, we share our story on our approach to supporting the ongoing development of an evidence-based guideline on blood donor recruitment in sub-Saharan Africa, with particular focus on the equity considerations that drive this project towards equitable access to sufficient and safe blood.