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ReBUILD at Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research



The ReBUILD Consortium took part in the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Liverpool in October 2018, the theme of which was 'Advancing Health Systems for All in the SDG Era'.

The consortium members delivered a range of sessions and posters, both as ReBUILD and also in collaboration with other members of the Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States Thematic Working Group and RinGs (other RinGs events are listed on the RinGs website). Those ReBUILD activities are listed below - some have videos of the sessions attached.

The consortium also had a stall in the exhibition area where we spoke to many people interested in our research and its dissemination.


 The ReBUILD stall

ReBUILD sessions


Tuesday 9th October

Using participatory visual methods to understand and support health systems with a focus on marginalized populations

Skills building session

Presented in collaboration with RinGs.


Innovative research approaches: Social Network Analysis (SNA) for systems development – application to aid effectiveness in Uganda

Skills building session


Thursday 11th October

Leaving no one behind; how can evidence-based approaches support progress towards UHC and global health goals during conflict and protracted crises?



Sessions featuring ReBUILD work or members


Monday 8th October

Deconstructing the gender bias in the health workforce: why few women attain leadership positions

Satellite session

This is a RinGs event in partnership with HRH2030.


Health financing in fragile and conflict-affected states: controversies and innovations

Video recordings of presentations from this session are available here. Both are by Professor Sophie Witter of Queen Margaret University, UK and the ReBUILD Consortium:


Tuesday 9th October

Payment for Performance (P4P), how, why, where and what?  Learning from research across income settings: a one day workshop for researchers and practitioners

Satellite session

ReBUILD's presentation was from Maria Bertone, part of Topic 3: 'Context: How does context shape P4P and the effects of P4P?' and will focus on performance-based financing and strategic purchasing in three fragile countries. Prof Sophie Witter also lead the discussion in topic 1. 


No longer invisible – bringing community health to light by bridging health care, social and societal engagement to build better systems for health

Satellite session

Tim Martineau of ReBUILD and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine presented as part of the session 'Contribution of community health to the sustainability & resilience of health systems in fragile settings'.


Applying intersectionality within health systems research: looking inwards and outward

Skills-building session

This was a RinGs event.


Wednesday 10th October

Health service delivery in fragile and conflict-affected settings: challenges and lessons


Maria Bertone of ReBUILD and Queen Margaret University presented on 'The bumpy trajectory of performance-based financing in Sierra leone: unpacking the role of external actors' - NB Watch the video of this presentation here.

Bandeth Ros of ReBUILD and the Cambodia Development Resource Institute presented 'Impacts of conflict on access to healthcare: missing generation and disability in Cambodia'


Health system resilience in the Middle East: the experience of UNRWA and regional stakeholders

Panel session

Staff from the Institute for Global Health and Development at Queen Margaret University spoke.


Partnerships for research, capacity development and policy: challenges and opportunities

Oral presentations

As part of this session Haja Wurie presented 'Building capacity in health systems research in post-Ebola Sierra Leone'.


Engaging with the politics of policy: process and power

Oral presentation

During this session, Prof Sophie Witter of ReBUILD and Queen Margaret University presented 'What, why and how do health systems learn from one another? Insights from eight low and middle income country case studies'.


Thursday 11th October

Building programme theory for pay for performance in low and middle-income countries

Panel session

Prof Sophie Witter from ReBUILD and the Institute for Global Health and Development at Queen Margaret University spoke.



Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States Thematic Working Group sessions

Monday 8th October

Thematic Working Group Business Meeting: Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States


How to work with researchers & policy makers to adapt global evidence to define national packages of health services in low-income and crisis-affected countries

Skills building session


Wednesday 10th October

Context, gender and sustainability in introducing and scaling-up essential health care packages  in fragile and crisis-affected countries

Organised session


ReBUILD posters


Posters featuring ReBUILD members