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Resources from ReBUILD’s work on health worker incentives and deployment in post-conflict and post-crisis settings


This document includes details and hyperlinks to all outputs from ReBUILD's work on human resources for health in post-conflict and post-crisis settings. Updated versions will be posted as further resources are added.

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Resources from ReBUILD’s work on health worker incentives and deployment in post-conflict and post-crisis settings

The list below is complete as of August 2017. Further information and resources are available on the ReBUILD website -, via the regularly updated Resources page.  Specific pre-sorted resources from ReBUILD’s work on human resources for health can be found here.

For more information on ReBUILD’s work on human resources for health, contact:

Introduction: ReBUILD’s research on human resources for health post-conflict

Human resources development, a very important part of health systems rebuilding after conflict or crisis, has received relatively little attention in the literature and there has been consequently little to inform decision-makers and donors. ReBUILD’s work on human resources for health (HRH) therefore focused on how the decisions made, or not made, in the post-conflict period can affect the longer term pattern of attraction, retention, distribution and performance of health workers, and thus ultimately the performance of the sector.

The work includes a large body of research on health worker incentives, which has been carried out across all four of our partner countries, and research on health worker deployment systems in two partner countries, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Further work on HRH has been done in Sierra Leone on the effects on the recent Ebola outbreak on health workers and the health system, and also by one of ReBUILD’s Affiliate research partners on Health Workers’ Remuneration, Incentives and Accountability in Sierra Leone. Another Affiliate research partner’s work on health systems resilience in Côte d’Ivoire, northern Nigeria and South Africa is producing important findings relating to human resources for health. Running through all ReBUILD’s research has been a focus on gender and equity, and outputs from much of the specific work on gender has relevance for human resources.


Journal articles

  • McPake, B., Witter, S., Ensor, T., Fustukian, S., Newlands, D., Martineau, T. and Chirwa, Y. (2013) Removing financial barriers to access reproductive, maternal and newborn health services: the challenges and policy implications for human resources. Human Resources for Health, 11(1):46.

Articles in press:

  • Witter, S., Namakula, J., Wurie, H., Chirwa, Y., So, S., Vong, S., Ros, B., Buzuzi, S. and Theobald, S. (2016) The gendered health workforce:  mixed methods analysis from four post-conflict contexts. Submitted to special edition of Health Policy and Planning on gender and ethics.


Working Papers and Reports:



Sierra Leone:



Policy briefs:


Sierra Leone:





Specific resources on gender and equity in post-conflict health systems:


  • The outputs from ReBUILD’s collaborative work with the Gender Working Group of theStockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Global Health and Security Programme has now been developed into 'Building Back Better' - a set of resources, including case studies, on gender in post-conflict health systems.


Relevant blogs:



  • Haja Wurie speaks about the health workforce and Ebola in Sierra Leone. This video was made by the COUNTDOWN RPC but covers evidence and experiences from ReBUILD’s research during the Ebola outbreak.