Use of Real-Time Evidence in Humanitarian Practice at the Canadian Red Cross, with Ahmad Firas Khalid
The Canadian Red Cross (CRC) provides health care services to the most vulnerable. A key priority of CRC is to ensure that all programs are scientifically based and that decisions are informed by the best available evidence to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of interventions. This seminar will detail efforts to support real-time evidence use at the Canadian Red Cross (CRC), showcasing real-world examples of evidence summaries answering pressing questions in the midst of a health and humanitarian emergency.
Dr. Ahmad Firas Khalid will present his CIHR Health Systems Impact–funded work on the implementation of efforts to support real-time evidence use at the Canadian Red Cross.
Ahmad Firas Khalid is a medical doctor, a health policy and system researcher and lecturer, and a knowledge translation professional. Firas completed his medical degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine and his PhD in health policy at McMaster University. Firas worked as a senior research manager at Evidence Aid working on creating a World Health Organization (WHO) Knowledge Hub on emergency disasters research management and with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on the creation of Resilient Health Systems collection to advise member states. He is also a CIHR Health System Impact Fellow and a Mitacs Elevate Training Fellow working on implementing efforts to support real-time evidence use in humanitarian practice at the Canadian Red Cross. Firas is a board member for Doctors Without Borders, where his responsibility is to set the strategic direction for the entire Canadian branch of the organization.
In the past, Firas worked as a senior research and learning consultant at the Canadian Red Cross, working on epidemic prevention and control COVID-19 research. In addition, Firas previously worked as a health policy researcher at the Research Unit on Humanitarian Stakes and Practices (UREPH) at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Geneva, Switzerland. He also worked in the Department of Child and Maternal Health at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Firas is the founder and executive director of Knowledge Translation Hub – a knowledge synthesis hub designed to meet the demands of decision-makers and organizations.
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