Health systems research in fragile and conflict-affected states: creating consensus on a global research agenda

Wed, May 27, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM UK time

Date and Time: Wed, May 27, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM UK time

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. This focus is welcomed. 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?

The Thematic Working Group on Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States is in the process of defining a research agenda. This webinar is an opportunity to hear more about the methodology that they are using, their preliminary findings, and to add your voice to the process to help strengthen their work. Inputs from a range of stakeholders from academia, civil society, policy, the health workforce and beyond, are encouraged. Please do circulate this invitation to people in your networks.

Chair and chat moderator:

Tim Martineau (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)


Egbert Sondorp (KIT) will set the scene with an introduction to why health systems research can be difficult in fragile and conflict-affected settings and provide an overview of our study findings on challenges commonly faced by those involved in this work;

Aniek Woodward (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) will present a preliminary research agenda, which we have put together as a result of an online survey, discussions at Health Systems Symposium in Cape Town, and online discussions.


Nigel Pearson (International Health Consultant);

Khalifa Elmusharaf (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - RCSI Bahrain)

Informed consent:

This webinar is part of a study called ‘Health systems in fragile and conflict affected states: a global consensus-based research agenda setting exercise’, approved by ethical committee of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. By registering for the webinar you give your consent for your inputs to be used as part of the research process.

You can watch a recording of the webinar here.You can also find a synthesis of the discussions and outcomes in this blog post.