Research for stronger health systems during and after crisis

ReBUILD for Resilience Partners

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Image courtesy of Kellie Ryan/IRC. Healthcare workers at Beni Hospital in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo

The ReBUILD for Resilience team is made up of key local and national stakeholders who are deeply embedded in networks and communities of practice in their countries, regions and on the global stage. Together we have expertise in many aspects of health research including public health, epidemiology, social sciences, health economics, political science, research methodologies, gender & equity analysis, research uptake, capacity strengthening and programme management. The partners are:


American University of Beirut, Lebanon

AUB runs the Knowledge to Policy Centre, a WHO collaborating center for evidence-informed policy and practice (EPPI-Centre) which shapes public health and social policies in Lebanon and the region. AUB is also a member of the UNHCR Health Working Group, which works to link and inform actors in Lebanon’s complex, parallel and fragmented health systems.

The team also hosts the multidisciplinary Refugee Health Program (RHP). RHP aims to combine academic and practical expertise on global health, refugee and community health, and medicine to generate contextualized knowledge, outreach and capacity building for targeted populations.

During ReBUILD for Resilience, AUB will conduct syntheses through the creation of briefs and other summaries, deliberative dialogues and stakeholder coordination meetings, learning from strategies already underway in focus countries and also from K2P. Through this model, AUB will offer a rapid response function for governments facing time-bound development challenges.

More on the Knowledge to Policy Centre and Refugee Health Program at the American University of Beirut.


Burnet Institute Myanmar, in collaboration with the Department of Medical Research

The Burnet Institute’s mission is to achieve better health for vulnerable communities by accelerating the translation of research, discovery and evidence into sustainable health solutions. The Institute’s longstanding presence in Myanmar, commitment and reputation, and wide-ranging engagement with community, academic and multi-level government networks, provide the robust base to generate and operationalise health systems research agendas. Burnet will utilise ReBUILD for Resilience to create opportunities for locally-led health systems research in a FASP setting. The Burnet Institute has an extensive regional network of research collaborators across Asia which will be engaged to enhance dissemination of lessons learned from ReBUILD for Resilience.

More information on the Burnet Institute on its website.


College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), University of Sierra Leone

COMAHS at the University of Sierra Leone is the country’s only medical and pharmacy school. The ReBUILD for Resilience team there focuses on health systems research and capacity strengthening to deliver credible, relevant research for effective policy making and practice. Staff work to generate evidence to inform government policy and donor strategies for building resilient and responsive health systems.

COMAHS was a partner in ReBUILD, focusing on health financing and its effect on poor households’ access to health services, the impact of policies on human resources for health, and the incentive environment for health workers. The impact of Ebola on health workers was also a major focus.

More on the COMAHS website.


HERD International, Nepal

HERD International is a national research organisation with the aim of generating high-quality evidence to inform policy and practice. Nepal has experienced shocks of various natures. In 2015, while the country was transitioning to a federal system, it was hit by a devastating earthquake. Nepal’s post-earthquake efforts to institutionalise federalism and rebuild health systems have been challenged by COVID-19. In this context, HERD International is proud to be a partner of ReBUILD for Resilience. This partnership will enhance our ongoing strategic engagement with policy practitioners and help generate contextually-appropriate evidence towards resilient health system that leaves no one behind.

More on HERD International on its website.


Institute for Global Health and Development at Queen Margaret University, UK

The Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD) is a multidisciplinary centre for postgraduate education and research addressing health and development challenges in low and middle-income countries and their connection to global systems and trends. Our work is characterised by:

  • a multidisciplinary approach rooted within the social sciences

  • a commitment to research which provides a critical perspective on issues and points towards tangible actions to address them

  • a concern to address the health and well-being of those in greatest need

IGHD co-led ReBUILD, leading projects on health financing, health worker incentives, performance-based financing, and demography and health needs. In ReBUILD for Resilience, IGHD brings a wide range of expertise, including on health financing and economics, health system dynamic modelling, evaluation of complex interventions, participatory action research, impact evaluation, political economy and health policy analysis, and systematic reviewing.

More on the Institute for Global Health and Development on its website.


Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK

Staff from the School's Health Systems & Workforce Strengthening Unit and CHESS team are co-directing ReBUILD for Resilience. The team successfully delivered the programme's precursor, ReBUILD, with partners from Queen Margaret University and is now applying that experience and knowledge to FASP settings. 

Our expertise lies in delivering robust and innovative research, education and capacity strengthening with partners in the Global South, with a focus on the health workforce. During ReBUILD for Resilience we will work with partners to deliver research that engages with communities, networks and policymakers at the sub-national, national and international levels. Our research uptake activities will influence attitudes, practice and policy, fostering resilience and sustainability.

More information on the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine website.


Research associates

The organisations have been strategically chosen to contribute wide networks, data sources and research opportunities that will magnify our reach and policy engagement in a cost-effective way.

International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933, the IRC works in more than 40 countries and over 20 US cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities. As an Associate Partner of ReBUILD for Resilience, the IRC will participate in the Consortium Management Committee, helping to disseminate information across its networks and providing guidance based on decades of experience conducting research and supporting health systems strengthening in Fragile and Shock-Prone (FASP) settings.

More on International Rescue Committee on its website.

Oxford Policy Management

Oxford Policy Management is committed to helping low- and middle-income countries achieve growth and reduce poverty and disadvantage.
We believe that good public policy can transform the lives of millions of people. That’s why we work with governments in low- and middle-income countries to help bring about lasting, positive change. We do this by partnering with policy makers to research evidence, develop policy, support its implementation and evaluate its impact.
Within the ReBUILD for Resilience consortium, we contribute applied experience of acting as both thinkers and doers, and will leverage synergies with our wider policy and practice work in the health sector. 

More on Oxford Policy Management on its website.


Further information




Research associates