Research for stronger health systems during and after crisis

Health systems research in fragile and conflict-affected states: a research agenda-setting exercise

Aniek Woodward, Egbert Sondorp, Sophie Witter and Tim Martineau

Health Research Policy and Systems 2016 14:51 DOI: 10.1186/s12961-016-0124-1

 

This paper reports on a research needs setting exercise carried out by the Health Systems Global Thematic Working Group on Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict Affected States (TWG-FCAS). The study explored what areas of health systems research in fragile and conflict affected states (FCAS) require particular attention for further enquiry and investment, as well as the challenges that need to be addressed for effective health systems research in these settings.

With donors and implementers increasingly focusing on trying to address the health challenges in fragile settings, these are important questions to address. Health systems strengthening is often an important component of their activities, and good evidence to inform such health systems policy and practice is crucial.

The paper can be downloaded here, and more information on the research needs and challenges study, including some briefs, can be accessed here.