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Health in fragile contexts

Photo: Remo Nägeli © SRK
Photo: Remo Nägeli © SRK

Bern, 24 August 2016. In an increasing number of countries the implementation of health programmes is challenged by fragile contexts. At the same time, fragility of a state is considered as one of the main causes for malfunctioning health services. Emergency situations aggravate such situation and reveal the weaknesses of the system. These settings evoke not only questions on how to adapt to shaking working environment or on sustainability, but also whether health programmes could make a contribution to reduce fragility.

In the conference organized by the Swiss Red Cross, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Network Medicus Mundi Switzerland, specific experiences of health programmes in fragile contexts were presented as a basis for the analysis and discussions of key questions, such as

  • Can health programmes have a positive influence on key drivers of fragility and make a contribution to reduce fragility? In which way and at what (community, district, state) level? What are specific challenges and limitations?
  • What are the roles and potential complementarities of the different actors: CSO, NGOs, government, development agencies (including UN/multilateral/global agencies)?
  • What are the specific challenges and conflicting priorities for health programmes at the interface of humanitarian aid and development cooperation in fragile contexts: e.g. fast and effective aid to beneficiaries vs system strengthening and community involvement; sustainability of service in case of planned or unplanned termination of a programme.

A full conference documentation is available now.

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