Research for stronger health systems during and after crisis

Canadian Conference on Global Health in Montreal

Thursday, 05 Nov 2015

On 5th November, a team from ReBUILD is presenting findings from our work on health worker incentives in post-conflict settings, at the Canadian Conference on Global Health in Montreal. They are leading a panel session on Evolution of policy and incentives for human resources for health post-conflict: learning from different contexts.

Sophie Witter, project lead for this work (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh) is joined by Justine Namakula (Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda), Narith So (Cambodian Development and Research Institute, Cambodia), Yotamu Chirwa (Biomedical Research and Training Institute, Zimbabwe) and Haja Wurie (College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, Sierra Leone)

Following presentation of findings from all four of our core study countries, the team will lead session participants in discussions to try to gain a better understanding of:

  • Whether there is indeed a ‘window of opportunity’ for systemic reforms post-conflict.
  • Whether there is a typical trajectory of HRH reforms post-conflict and how path-dependent these are.
  • The relationship between policy and its implementation in these fragile, conflict-affected settings
  • How to protect health workers during and after conflicts and crises, and
  • How to retain and motivate staff, especially in remote areas

More on this event, with the presentations and comment on discussions will be posted soon.