Research for stronger health systems during and after crisis

ReBUILD Annual Workshop provokes interesting research debate

Sunday, 01 Sep 2013

By Ellie Rutebemberwa, ReBUILD Researcher for Project 4 - Rural posting, Uganda team, and Joanna Raven, ReBUILD Researcher for Project 3 - Contracting, UK team

On a cloudy chilly morning, on 9th September, researchers from across three continents, namely Asia, Africa and Europe descended on the LSTM to review the achievements made and plan for the challenges ahead in the ReBUILD consortium. This began our 4th Annual Workshop, 2013.

The early morning sessions were as dynamic and informative as they were debatable and intriguing. Many key issues emerged but foremost among them were: that gender cuts across conflict and post conflict heath system challenges irrespective of the country or region. It was also highlighted that much as health workers endure the hardships of war, like their colleagues, their predicament is exacerbated by their skills being lucrative to both fighting groups. Thirdly, getting information from health records during the war is not only a nightmare but also a scientific super puzzle.



In human resources, our consortium aims to understand how decisions
 made, or not made, in the post conflict period can affect the longer term patterns of attraction, retention, distribution and performance of health workers, and thus ultimately the performance of the health sector. In health financing, the programme will build knowledge about the implications for women, girls and boys in the poorest households of alternative ways of re-establishing financial support for the public system including new aid institutions, new budgeting strategies and targeted funding for priority programmes.

During the week-long workshop, our 35 participants shared their fieldwork experiences, developed skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and began planning for publications and dissemination activities for the remainder of the project. There was even time for partners to participate in an interactive social media session, Tweeting and writing blogs about different aspects of their research.

To find out more, or to view a copy of the research presentations that sparked our debate, click here.