The Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict Affected States (FCAS) TWG brings together researchers, policy makers, funders and implementers to work towards better health systems in FCAS.

If you would like to find out more about the FCAS TWG, the activities we will be involved in at the Symposium, or engage in this important area of research, why not visit us at the HSG stall in the Marketplace, follow #HSRFCAS on Twitter, and join us at one of the exciting sessions listed below.

Official TWG Sessions

Session Type Title Description Date & Time Location
Organized session Building health system resilience in fragile states emerging from conflict or other forms of severe disruption The goal of resilient health systems is to be able to withstand shocks. This is particularly challenging for states emerging from conflict/severe disruption. This session uses cases studies from West Africa and South Sudan to explore the concept of resilience in such contexts and what lessons we can take forward.

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Wednesday, November 16, 14:00-15:30 Room 8
Business meeting Wednesday, November 16, 18:00 – 19:00 Room 1

TWG member sessions

Session Type Title Description Date & Time Location
Organized session Building resilient and responsive health systems in fragile and conflict affected contexts: equity, rights and gender This panel will share and update an e-resource on gender, equity and resilient health systems in fragile and conflict affected contexts. analyses health system engagement in fragile contexts, and shows that such engagement can and should promote gender equitable health systems.


Wednesday 16th November

11:00 – 12:30

Room 19
Organized session Modeling health systems resilience in contexts of conflict: identifying emerging lessons from case studies in Cote d’Ivoire, northern Nigeria and Gaza Studies in Cote d’Ivoire, northern Nigeria and Gaza used a common methodology, Group Model Building, to analyse threats to health systems functioning presented by conflict. Presentations will highlight recurrent challenges identified by these studies, informing a participatory exercise synthesizing strategies to promote resilient systems functioning in circumstances of adversity.


Thursday 17th November 11:00-12:30 Room 13
Organized session How to promote a resilient heath workforce in conflict affected areas: insights from health workers and policymakers in four countries


Human resources for health (HRH) is the most complex and critical health system pillar. In post-conflict settings, there are particular challenges facing the establishment of the right incentive environment. This session will share findings from ReBUILD’s research into health workers’ experiences and incentives through and after conflict, and an analysis of HRH policy-making post-conflict in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Cambodia.

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Friday 18th November 8:30 – 11:00 Room 18
Organized session The political economy of resilient health systems: an emerging discourse The discourse of resilient health systems is poorly understood and raises concerns about the lack of critique and debate about its objectives and operationalisation. This symposium opens the debate – this panel takes the opportunity to interrogate the range of resilience concepts and their implications for responsiveness in different contexts.


Friday 18th November 13:30 – 15:00 Room 18
Multi-media Understanding health system resilience in conflict and crisis affected settings Run as a talk show, the host will interview guests about their health systems research and policy experience in conflict and crisis affected settings. The conversation will be punctuated by video clips and audience participation. An evidence based reflection on what is different about health systems resilience in such settings.

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Thursday 17th November

14:00 -15:30

Ballroom C
Poster session Health systems research in fragile and conflict affected states: a research agenda-­setting exercise This agenda-setting exercise aimed to provide guidance for those interested in knowing ‘What areas of health systems research in fragile and conflict affected states (FCAS) require particular attention for further enquiry and investment?’. This resulted in a research agenda covering a broad range of topics related to transition & sustainability, resilience & fragility, equity & gender, accessibility, capacity building, actors & accountability, community, health care delivery, health workforce and health financing.