Healthcare in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS) remains a real challenge, with poor performance on many health-related goals. But little evidence exists on appropriate approaches for health systems strengthening in such settings. The Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict Affected States, part of Health Systems Global, brings together researchers, policy-makers, fundersand implementers to work towards better health systems in FCAS.
The group has been growing steadily and we now have over 400 members on our LinkedIn site. Connecting us all up is already a major achievement. We have recruited 8 people who have demonstrated a strong interest in the work of the TWG to act as an expert advisory group for the steering committee and TWG - Lara Ho, Ann Canavan, Fadi El-Jardali, Jason Nickerson, Khalifa Emulsharaf, Olga Bornemisza, Aniek Woodward and Nigel Pearson.
Objectives of the TWG
Create or identify new knowledge through multi-disciplinary research on strengthening health systems in fragile and conflict affected states.
Foster research on the application of new knowledge in real world settings, i.e. implementation science.
Disseminate current and new knowledge.
Support knowledge translation through the engagement of relevant policy makers.
Further develop the TWG and associated network.
Contribute to the multidisciplinary health system research capacity of organisations and individuals located in FCAS.
Key outputs of the TWG
The TWG is an active forum on all aspects of health systems in FCAS, drawing on the experience of a broad range of stakeholders to promote research and action for resilient, responsive, context specific health systems.
We have supported a special issue of Conflict and Health: “Filling the void: Health systems in fragile and conflict affected states", with highly accessed papers. We have done a survey on research priorities on health systems in FCAS, and are developing aconcept paper to provide some clarity for governments, donors and others working in these settings.
We are active in sharing this and other knowledge on health systems in FCAS, including through webinars and Tweet chats, and at workshops and conferences, including the biennial Global Symposium on Health Systems Research.
Always seeking to expand our network, our recent call for proposals to host meetings to promote dialogue on health systems in FCAS has supported events in Iraq, Liberia and Zimbabwe.
With a new expert advisory panel in place, the group is ready to further develop its activities.
Finalise and disseminate the findings of the research needs exercise.
Publish the reports from the small research engagement grants
Identify sources of funding to support researchers based in FCAS to carry out health systems research
Publish the editorial for the special issue of Conflict and Health and continue to promote the papers using social media
Plan activities for the Fourth Health Systems Symposium in Vancouver in November 2016
Jan Randles - Secretary to the Thematic Working Group
We are grateful to the Wellcome Trust for financial support for a number of our activities.
Fragile and Conflict Affected States TWG at HSR 2016
What are the members of the Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict Affected States TWG up to at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research? Find out on the FCAS TWG at the Symposium webpage!
HEALTH SYSTEMS RESEARCH IN FRAGILE AND CONFLICT-AFFECTED STATES: CREATING CONSENSUS ON A GLOBAL RESEARCH AGENDA
With talk of ‘wake up calls’ and ‘windows of opportunity’ the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has prompted attention to health systems in conflict-affected and fragile states. But how can research support strengthened systems which suit the needs and desires of citizens from a range of countries that have been touched by conflict? How should we prioritise our support? Where do we need to build an evidence base?
Publications and Resources
- FCAS TWG Business Meeting at HSG Vancouver November 2016
- Building health system resilience in fragile states emerging from conflict or other forms of severe disruption – 16th November 2016, Vancouver
- Journal article: Health systems research in fragile and conflict-affected states: a research agenda-setting exercise
- Briefing paper 2: HSR in FCAS - A qualitative study of associated challenges
- Briefing paper 1: HSR in FCAS - A research agenda setting exercise
- Stakeholder meeting report: The Ebola outbreak and the wider health system -understanding impact and exploring the way forward in Liberia
- Stakeholder meeting report: Health System Challenges in the face of the humanitarian crisis in Iraq
- Symposium session plan: TWG-FCAS Organised session for 2016 Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Vancouver
- Presentation: Building Back Better: What part should gender play in reconstructing post-conflict health systems?
- Meeting report: International Round Table on Health Systems Strengthening in Fragile States, organized by the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, February 2015.
- Special Issue of Conflict and Health journal: Filling the void: Health systems in fragile and conflict affected states
The easiest way to engage with the TWG is to join the LinkedIn group. Alternatively, you can contact Jan.Randles@lstmed.ac.uk We are looking for individuals who are willing to devote some time to contribute to the work to be done in the steering committee, the advisory group or one of subcommittee.Join our group