Our Action Plan outlines the key objectives for the E4GDH Special Interest Group in the upcoming year. Take a look at our news feed to read updates on our progress.

A report on these activities will be made available in our 2019 – 2020 Annual Report, available in the last quarter of 2020.

If you have questions about our work, suggestions about what you would like us to work on, or you would like to help us, please contact the E4GDH convenor Anne Brice: anne.brice@phe.gov.uk

Project/Activity outcomes are linked to relevant webpages. Last update: June 2020

Focus Area 1: Extend the roles and impact of librarians working in global and disaster health

This includes supporting the delivery of the UN Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction.

  • Project/Activity:

    • Develop and pilot a multi-lingual advocacy toolkit for use by librarians and key stakeholders.
    • Plan and deliver three webinars to extend opportunities for sharing best practice.  This builds on the launch of our successful webinar series last year.
      – our first joint webinar with HBS was led by Bob Gann, focussing on Combating digital health inequality in the time of coronavirus [recording, Q&A and featured resources]
    • Work with partners within a ‘Partners for Health Information’ community of practice and network, to develop Skills and Competencies Guidelines for Librarians working in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.

Focus Area 2: Establish and further develop E4GDH SIG and Support Network and share best practice.


  • Project/Activity:

    • Strengthen our core Working Group to widen global representation and diversity, as well as increasing the number of task-related active members.
      – our Terms of Reference / Roles and Responsibilities document is being updated
    • Continue to identify existing knowledge and library services in global and disaster health, including humanitarian aid.
      – this forms part of our new communication plan, which is now available: 2019 – 2020 Marketing and Communications Plan
    • Organise our conference session for IFLA WLIC 2020 in Dublin.
       – details will be added to our webpages, alongside the call for papers
    • Plan and deliver joint Satellite meeting with Health and Biosciences Libraries section in Dublin, before IFLA WLIC 2020 in Dublin.
      – details will be added to our webpages, alongside the call for papers
    • Produce high-quality resources and publications to promote evidence-based practice, provide better value, and reduce duplication.
      – our Finding the Evidence for Global and Disaster Health guide has been updated, and translated into Spanish.
      – a new Multilanguage tools for evidence based practice guide is now online.

More information

The full version of the Evidence for Global and Disaster Health SIG Action plan 2019-2020 provides more detail. Note this has not been updated to reflect the cancellation of IFLA WLIC 2020.

This is complimented by our 2019 – 2020 Marketing and Communications Plan.