Research for stronger health systems during and after crisis

Research Projects

ReBUILD's research has sought to address these important issues:

  • Decisions made in the early post-conflict period can set the direction of development for health systems and affect the longer term effectiveness and equity of health systems.

  • Windows of opportunity can occur in this post-conflict period for catalysing health system strengthening. Such opportunities are unpredictable and may happen some time after the conflict.

  • Building the resilience of health systems after conflict is important so as to withstand shocks. We need to understand the factors that make systems vulnerable and those which strengthen them and can build resilient and responsive systems.

  • Understanding the perspectives of those who use the system as well as those who work in it is important to understanding how and why systems deliver or not.

  • The differential gender impact of decisions on health systems needs to be understood to build pro-poor equitable health systems.  

Our three main areas of our research are:


Gender Equity



ReBUILD Phase 2

We are also carrying out new research, building on work carried out in Phase 1 and including some new countries (eg Timor Leste, Liberia and Democratic Republic of Congo).  We are also synthesising findings from Phase 1 with other similar research to extend both the range of settings and the key questions of relevance to stakeholders. The four new projects are: