The Evidence 2018 conference hosted by the Africa Evidence Network (AEN), for the first time included a virtual component to complement the physical conference. As part of engagement with participants online, Evidence Online 2018 had a card game competition and the winner is Ms Ndi Euphrasia Ebai-Atuh from Cameroon. Her prize include a personalised card and a feature in the AEN newsletter.
Ndi Euphrasia Ebai-Atuh (MSc. Accounting) is an assistant lecturer with the Catholic University of Cameroon, Bamenda and a researcher. She co-directs Cameroon Consumer Service Organisation (CamCoSO); she is a systematic reviewer with Effective Basic Services(eBASE) Africa and a Consumer referee with Cochrane; At CamCoSO we seek to promote consumer evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) in basic services (healthcare/education/nutrition/housing) through evidence synthesis (using JBI, Cochrane and Campbell platforms), translation and implementation. At eBASE we support capacity building in health research methods, evidence synthesis, translation and implementation through national and international training, networking and conferences (Cochrane Edinburg 2018; Evidence 2018 (AEN); GEIS 2018 (upcoming)) just to name the most current, with fellow organizations in the evidence ecosystem. Attending Evidence 2018 virtual conference was part of my capacity building endeavors towards fostering EIDM in Africa. I saw it as one of those platforms where I could get current trends of EIDM initiatives, achievements, challenges and way forwards. I found Evidence 2018 virtual conference very Engaging, Understandable and Impactful! I took home the fact that we must transit from evidence synthesis to evidence policy uptake(widespread implementation). How do we do this? Remains the big question! The Evidence 2018 live streaming was interactive and of good virtual & sound quality.
Evidence 2018, was held at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria on 25-28 September 2018.