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Thematic Working Group on Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict Affected States

ReBUILD is a founding partner and co-organiser of the Thematic Working Group on Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States. This active forum, a sub-group of Health Systems Global, brings together over 300 researchers, policy-makers, implementers & funders to contribute to the development & implementation of responsive & context-specific health systems in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS).

Healthcare in fragile and conflict-affected settings remains a real challenge - as illustrated by the difficulties faced in tackling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as well as generally poor performance on a range of health-related goals in these and other FCAS. And the proportion of the world’s poor living in fragile and conflict-affected states is large and growing, projected to reach 50% by 2018 presenting additional challenges for equitable healthcare access [See Chandy and Gertz, 2011; and OECD, 2014].

The Thematic Working Group is an active forum for information and discussions on all aspects of strengthening health systems in FCAS and aims to draw upon the breadth of experience of key a range of stakeholders. The Group promote research, policy and action to contribute to the development and implementation of responsive and context-specific health systems. The Group has been active at workshops and conferences, in particular the 3rd Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in 2014, where it co-hosted with USAID a special meeting on Ebola and health systems. The Group has supported the production of a Special Issue of the journal Conflict and Health: Filling the void: Health systems in fragile and conflict affected states, which currently has 11 open-access papers and articles (four of these co-authored by ReBUILD researchers). It also does its own research, and has recently conducted a survey on priorities for a research agenda on health systems in FCAS.

The Group is very active in promoting discussion and wider participation on the theme of health systems in FCAS. The research priorities study was recently the subject of an open-access webinar. And a very successful ‘Tweet-chat’ was held in February 2015, addressing some key questions on human resources for health in FCAS, based on four papers from the “Filling the void” Special Issue

To find out more about the Thematic Working Group on Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict Affected States, and to join the group, please visit their page on Health Systems Global or email ReBUILD’s Tim Martineau, a member of the organising committee. You can also join via LinkedIn, where the TWG operates its discussion forum.

See ReBUILD's Tim Martineau talking about the aim and activities of the Thematic Working Group on Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict Affected States.