Research for stronger health systems during and after crisis

Blog Entries 2015

Universal Health Coverage in conflict-affected settings
14 December 2015

ReBUILD's work is supporting and informing the movement for Universal Health Coverage (UHC). And nowhere are the challenges of achieving UHC more marked than in fragile conflict-affected and post-conflict countries. On UHC Day 2015, find out more by reading two new blogs from ReBUILD researchers

With challenges come opportunities: sexual and reproductive rights in fragile states
10 December 2015

Sally Theobald (of ReBUILD & RiNGS at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) in conversation with Alexander Dimiti, Director General Reproductive Health in Ministry of Health, South Sudan; Lucy Bahr, Associate President of Liberia Midwife Association and Jesse Rattan director of CARE’s global programme of sexual and reproductive health in emergencies, about experiences in Eastern DRC, S. Sudan, Chad, Djibouti, Mali and S. Pakistan.

A great adventure at the Bonaventure! Diverse learning from CCGH 2015
18 November 2015

Yotamu Chirwa writes about some of the diverse learning he took from the 22nd Canadian Conference on Global Health in Montreal.

Learning to surf – Ebola in focus at the CCGH
10 November 2015

As Sierra Leone is finally declared Ebola-free, Sophie Witter, ReBUILD's international lead researcher on our health worker incentives project reflects on hearing about the experiences of those involved in the humanitarian response in the Ebola in Focus session of the Canadian Conference on Global Health in Montreal. ReBUILD ran their own panel session at this conference: Evolution of policy and incentives for human resources for health post-conflict: learning from different contexts.

RU here, RU there, RU everywhere!
09 November 2015

ReBUILD's Research, Policy and Practice Advisor, Nick Hooton, reflects on what is becoming a busy time for ReBUILD's research uptake - and is set to become busier... but extremely exciting and interesting!

Removing cross-sectoral inequities in incentives
26 October 2015

Yotamu Chirwa writes about the ReBUILD Health workers Incentives study presentation during the recent Forum supported by the Thematic Working Group on Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict Affected States Forum, at the Holiday Inn, in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Human resources for health in the Democratic Republic of Congo
22 October 2015

Amuda Baba Dieu-Merci, Executive Director of Institut Panafricain de Santé Communautaire et Medecine Tropicale (IPASC) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and a ReBUILD affiliate, recently gave a talk to an audience at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. ReBUILD's Joanna Raven attended Amuda's talk, and shares what he had to say of his experiences and the challenges of providing maternal health services in rural DRC.

Building Back Better – gender and post-conflict health systems
19 October 2015

Building Back Better – gender and post-conflict health systems Tomorrow, 20th October, sees the launch of a fantastic new set of resources from ReBUILD’s work on gender in post-conflict health systems, which has been done collaboratively with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Global Health and Security Programme.

Developing ReBUILD's key messages
24 September 2015

Bandeth Ros and Haja Wurie reflect on the process of developing cross-cutting evidence-based messages from ReBUILD’s research across all its country partners and affiliates, during the consortium’s annual workshop in Edinburgh.

Informing and supporting health financing policy options in Zimbabwe
24 September 2015

Yotamu Chirwa writes about ReBUILD Affiliate research partner Rene Loewenson’s presentation on the work of TARSC in Zimbabwe, during ReBUILD’s annual workshop in Edinburgh.

Pulling together diverse work – the ReBUILD family gathers
22 September 2015

The ReBUILD ‘family’ have travelled from around the world and gathered in Edinburgh for a very full week of activities at the Annual Meeting. Nick Hooton, ReBUILD's Research, Policy and Practice Advisor reflects on what has been done already in preparation for the week's activities, and looks forward to being joined by ReBUILD’s Affiliate research partners whose research is broadening and deepening the scope and coverage of ReBUILD's research.

Planning for uptake – ReBUILD descends on Edinburgh!
17 September 2015

Ahead of ReBUILD's Annual Workshop in Edinburgh next week, Nick Hooton, ReBUILD's Research, Policy and Practice Advisor, is looking forward to working with his team to embed research uptake through that meeting and beyond.

Fluidity, resilience & methodological innovation; ReBUILD affiliate webinar
11 September 2015

Sally Theobald shares her insights from our recent webinar on ReBUILD's Affiliate partners' research, and in particular on the common themes that emerged from the diverse research presented on post-conflict and post-crisis health systems.

Life histories: A research method to capture people's experiences of health systems in post-conflict countries
20 August 2015

ReBUILD’s Sarah Ssali and Sally Theobald, with Kate Hawkins talk about the use of the Life Histories approach in ReBUILD's research and what the approach has taught us about health in post-conflict settings.

Twitterchat People-centred research methods for health systems development
04 August 2015

Another Twitterchat on health systems research is coming up, again hosted by Health Systems Global. The theme is “people-centred research methods for health systems development” and the chat will take place on Thursday 20th August at 14.00 BST. Some excellent panel members are lined up already, representing a number of health systems Research Programme Consortia, including ReBUILD’s own Sarah Ssali and Joanna Raven (representing the PERFORM programme).

Health systems financing – what’s gender got to do with it?
07 July 2015

An overview of last week’s webinar on gender and health systems financing from the RinGs programme; links to video and the social media discussions.

If it is not gender responsive, it is not UHC
07 July 2015

In this blog post, ReBUILD's Sophie Witter discusses the role of gender in health systems financing and her reflections on the recent webinar exploring this topic.

Register now, for a Webinar on Gender and Health Systems Financing, 1 July 2015
01 July 2015

Information on an upcoming webinar - "Health systems financing - what's gender got to do with it?" being organised by the RinGs programme.

Health systems research in fragile and conflict affected states: the webinar and beyond…
01 June 2015

An overview of last week’s successful webinar, addressing the challenges of the lack of evidence to guide health systems strengthening in fragile and conflict-affected contexts.

Webinar on research agenda and priorities for health systems in fragile and conflict-affected states
17 May 2015

How can research support strengthened health systems which meet the needs of citizens from countries that have been touched by conflict? News of an important upcoming webinar.

Can health workers and health systems development contribute to state-building?
14 May 2015

Human resources for health are self-evidently critical to running a health service and system. But in a new paper, ReBUILD researchers Sophie Witter, Alvaro Alonso-Garbayo and Tim Martineau together with their co-authors, have explored a broader issue of the contribution which health staff might play in relation to the wider state-building processes.

Small grants available for Research Engagement Events on health systems issues in fragile and conflict-affected settings
30 April 2015

Some small grants for research engagement events are available from the Thematic Working Group on Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict Affected States.

Health workers and fee exemption schemes. ReBUILD’s new paper on how Sierra Leone’s Free Health Care Initiative has affected health workers.
23 March 2015

In a new paper published in Health Policy and Planning, ReBUILD researchers Sophie Witter, Haja Wurie and Maria Bertone explore the effects and implications for health staff of Sierra Leone’s introduction in 2010 of the Free Health Care Initiative (FHCI).

Context and Soup are what matter for health systems strengthening in fragile settings.
17 February 2015

Tim Martineau, Research Director for the ReBUILD Consortium, gives his initial thoughts on last week’s Roundtable on health systems strengthening in fragile settings, at the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Antwerp.

The Question of Ethics in Research Uptake Processes and Products – more from ResUpMeetUp
11 February 2015

Millie Nattimba, Research Uptake manager with ReBUILD‘s team from Makerere University School of Public Health, starts getting to grips with the tricky issue of ethics in research uptake activities, after another interesting session at the ResUpMeetUp Symposium and Training Exchange in Nairobi.

Reflections from my time in Sierra Leone
11 February 2015

Rosalind McCollum is a PhD student with the REACHOUT Consortium at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine who has recently returned from Sierra Leone where she had been working with Concern Worldwide to train health workers and community members in infection protection control.

ReBUILD speaks up on Research Uptake; Reflections from the ResUpMeetUp meeting
10 February 2015

Some thoughts from Day One of ResUpMeetUp
10 February 2015

After the first day of the ResUpMeetUp Symposium in Nairobi, an intense day of plenary and parallel sessions on wide-ranging issues around research uptake, ReBUILD researchers Yotamu Chirwa and Sreytouch Vong give their thoughts.

ReBUILD descends on Research Uptake meeting en masse!
08 February 2015

Nick Hooton, Research Practice and Policy Advisor for ReBUILD, on the ResUpMeetUp Symposium and Training Exchange for Research Uptake which starts tomorrow in Nairobi, and why the ReBUILD team are there.

Join our HSRFCAS Twitter chat Health workforce strengthening in fragile and conflict affected states
02 February 2015

The “Filling the void: Health systems in fragile and conflict affected states” series is an initiative of Conflict and Health, in collaboration with the Thematic Working Group on Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict Affected States.