Ebola: How Can We Help? The role of Health Systems Research in addressing Ebola and other health system crises

A meeting co-hosted by the Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict Affected States Thematic Working Group and USAID at the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

Wednesday, October 1, 13.15 – 14.15, Auditorium 2

As the Ebola epidemic devastates West Africa, we can see how countries are facing serious health system challenges. After the epidemic is brought under control, however, countries will still face massive rebuilding of their Ebola-damaged health systems and creating more robust capacity.

Health Systems, particularly in resource constrained environments, are regularly subjected to external factors that test their resiliency. The next devastating test on a country’s health system may be epidemiological, political, economic, environmental, or any number of factors that affect its ability to provide essential services. In this session, co-hosted by the Fragile and Conflict Affected States Thematic Working Group and USAID, we will focus on the need to create a global research agenda on strengthening coverage, access, financial protection and responsiveness, plus resiliency, in vulnerable health systems. The discussion will focus on key health systems issues and the need for evidence, particularly implementation research, on creating more resilient health systems. We will also provide a google form link where individuals can submit suggested ideas and priorities after the session.

SESSION GOALS

* Knowledge sharing and discussion on how health systems research can support Ebola recovery

* Identify priority areas of health systems research to advance, with a specific focus on implementation research, that can contribute to health systems recovery and creating more resilient health systems

* Identify next steps for advancing the global research agenda

ALL WELCOME

Photo courtesy of UNICEF Guinea https://www.flickr.com/photos/unicefguinea/15064546832

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