Research for stronger health systems during and after crisis


The ReBUILD research programme consortium's aim was to deliver new knowledge to inform the development of pro poor health systems in countries recovering from political and social conflict. and identify windows of opportunity in this post-conflict period to catalyse health system strengthening. 

The ReBUILD Consortium sought to understand these opportunities through building a body of evidence from four core partner countries at different stages of recovery: from Cambodia and Sierra Leone, many years after the end of conflict, to Northern Uganda and Zimbabwe at earlier stages of the post-conflict or post-crisis period. Affiliate research partners, funded from a ‘Responsive fund’, carried out related research in a range of further countries and regions that enabled the programme to explore several additional post-conflict contexts. The geographical contexts were further expanded during a series of additional research projects in a 2-year extension phase from 2016 to 2018. The additional country settings explored in this research included Liberia, Sri Lanka, Cote d'Ivoire, northern Nigeria, Gaza, Democratic Republic of Congo, Timor Leste, South Africa, and Central African Republic.

As well as the work contributing to the existing evidence base on health system strengthening in the research country settings themselves, the programme drew cross-cutting lessons from all the research, of relevance to other settings affected by conflict or crisis, developing a number of cross cutting and synthesis publications, including a series of briefing papers.

Read more about the issues faced in ReBUILD's core partner countries.



Sierra Leone