Research for stronger health systems during and after crisis

ReBUILD BLOG – Health in Humanitarian Settings Symposium at LSTM

Friday, 01 Nov 2013

LSTM has been running a highly successful Health in Humanitarian Settings Symposium organised by students for several years now and the 2013 version was no exception.

ReBUILD has contributed to previous symposia and this year has actively supported it. Tim Martineau gave an overview of the ReBUILD programme, its partners, research questions and findings. Justine Namakula (from Makerere University in Uganda) presented on the findings from ReBUILD research on health worker incentives in northern Uganda stressing how health workers can be deliberately targeted in conflict and importance of strategies of protect them.Sally Theobald chaired a session on hidden humanitarianism with engaging presentations which highlighted the importance of focusing on neglected populations in humanitarian contexts, including elderly women and men; women and children who have been abducted during war and stateless populations.

Leigh Daynes, Executive Director to Doctors of the World, UK gave a key note speech emphasising the need for longer term support to strengthening health systems during and after a crises. He stated the importance of projects like ReBUILD that facilitate sharing of lessons learned in order to avoid mistakes of the past in humanitarian settings. When asked about whether Doctors of the World do their research to support field programmes, he said they had limited capacity but they would welcome working in partnership with groups like ReBUILD. Leigh echoed Justine’s concern for the need to protect health workers in conflict / crises situations.

For those who wish contribute to further discussion on the safety of health workers, an online panel discussion will be hosted by ICRC on the protection and safety of healthcare workers on 3rd December 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm UK (BST)