Research for stronger health systems during and after crisis

Research Projects

ReBUILD's research sought to address these important issues:

  • Decisions made in the early post-conflict period can set the direction of development for health systems and affect the longer term effectiveness and equity of health systems.

  • Windows of opportunity can occur in this post-conflict period for catalysing health system strengthening. Such opportunities are unpredictable and may happen some time after the conflict.

  • Building the resilience of health systems after conflict is important so as to withstand shocks. We need to understand the factors that make systems vulnerable and those which strengthen them and can build resilient and responsive systems.

  • Understanding the perspectives of those who use the system as well as those who work in it is important to understanding how and why systems deliver or not.

  • The differential gender impact of decisions on health systems needs to be understood to build pro-poor equitable health systems.  

Three core areas of ReBUILD's research have been:


Gender and Equity



This research was expanded thematically and geographically through a number of Affiliate research projects, which explored further dimensions of health financing in Zimbabwe and human resources for health in Sierra Leone, as well as psychosocial health of adolescents in conflict-affected settings, health systems resilience, and obstetric health services in Cambodia. One of ReBUILD's core partners also explored aid effectiveness and the transition between emergency and development aid in northern Uganda.

During a 2-year extension period, ReBUILD further developed these research themes through a number of additional research projects: