Introduction – a new resource on health systems in conflict & crisis affected settings
The Thematic Working Group on Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict Affected States (TWG-FCAS) is developing two linked resources to support access to key evidence, knowledge and recommended reading for people working on health systems in conflict and crisis-affected settings.
The resource will take the form of a complete, categorised and searchable repository of current research and other knowledge resources around health systems in FCAS, including a list of organisations and programmes working in this field. This will be supported by two ‘Key Issue Guides’ which will give an accessible overview of issues and challenges for those working in this field, and will highlight recommended reading.
The resource will be hosted on the Eldis platform, managed by the Institute of Development Studies. The final resource will be freely available to any users, and a gateway to the resource will be able to be included or embedded on any relevant organisational website.
Where we have got to so far
The TWG-FCAS is now trying to source additional resources to include in the Collection. This includes written, audio-visual or other resources, and also details of relevant organisations or projects/programmes working on health systems in fragile and conflict affected settings. We are also interested in how any relevant non-publicly available material, which could be useful for others, might be made available under certain conditions, and the role of the TWG-FCAS in enabling this.
Call for additional contributions
To further develop these resources, a survey has been opened to collect additional materials, comments and organisational details. We would be very grateful for suggestions and contributions for this new resource, from any individuals or organisations working in this area.
What we are looking for:
- Additional documents or other resources for the Collection – This may include published papers, reports, briefs, guides, audio-visual or other material.
- Additional recommended reading in the Key Issue Guide – We would welcome suggestions for high-quality, relevant materials as key reading for the themes in these Guides.
- Relevant organisations/programmes/initiatives/courses to include in the Repository – We want to include organisations or projects/programmes which are working on health systems in fragile and conflict-affected settings, including the generation of evidence and knowledge, or using such evidence/knowledge for implementation or decision-making.
- Any other relevant comments or suggestions – Any additional comments, both on the Collection, and on how the TWG-FCAS could better support the use of evidence and knowledge for health systems policy and practice in FCAS.
How you can contribute
Please contribute on any or all of the above areas through this online survey.
What happens next?
Based on feedback and materials submitted, the final versions are expected to be launched around May or June 2018, with a further webinar held to launch the resource and explain how it can be freely accessed and shared. We will also be showcasing the resource at the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, which takes place in Liverpool, UK from 8 – 12 October, 2018.
The TWG-FCAS will contact all people who have responded to this survey to keep them updated on progress and the final launch, and all relevant news will be shared on the Health Systems Global website and social media.