Navigating fragility: lessons from health system research and practice - IGHD

Navigating fragility: lessons from health system research and practice - IGHD

5th October 2018, 11:00 to 15:30

Location: Queen Margaret University – Conference Suite 

Fragility and resilience are closely related concepts, which have been used in multiple ways in academic literature as well as policy and practice. But what do they mean, how can we recognise them, and what do they imply for supporting health systems and communities?  
In this half-day workshop, we bring together researchers and implementers from different settings to share their insights and debate their questions with audience. We will also present findings from recent research programmes led by IGHD, at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, including the ReBUILD programme which examines health system reconstruction post-conflict, the NIHR Unit’s programme which focuses on health in fragility, particularly for non-communicable diseases and mental health; and an ELHRA project which examined resilience of refugee health care systems in the Middle East. 


10:45   Registration & coffee/teas

11.00 – 12:15   Welcome & Introduction

  • Health, fragility and resilience: lessons learnt in the last two decades: Professor Alastair Ager, director IGHD and NIHR Research Unit on Health in Fragility (RUHF), Edinburgh
  • What is fragility?  Dr Karin Diaconu, IGHD, Edinburgh
  • Views from Sierra Leone; challenges and opportunities for the health sector in these fragile settings: Dr. Haja Wurie, COMAHS, Sierra Leone
  • Where are we at with health systems research into fragility? Professor Barbara McPake, Director of Nossal Institute for Global Health, Melbourne

13:30 – 15:00   Health Financing in FCAS  

  • Key considerations for health financing in FACS settings: insights from a collaboration with WHO: Professor Sophie Witter, Deputy director of NIHR Research Unit on Health in Fragility (RUHF), Edinburgh
  • Humanitarian perspectives on health financing debates  
  • Reflecting on ‘innovative’ health financing: findings from research on performance-based financing in fragile and humanitarian settings: Dr Maria Bertone, IGHD, Edinburgh

15:00 – 15:30 Overall reflections and future priorities for research 

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