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Health systems resilience in fragile and shock-prone settings through the prism of gender equity and justice: implications for research, policy and practice.

Mansour W, Arjyal A, Hughes C, Gbaoh ET, Fouad FM, Wurie H, Kyaw HK, Tartaggia J, Hawkins K, Than KK, Kallon LH, Saad MA, Chand O, Win PM, Yamout R, Regmi S, Baral S, Theobald S, Raven J


Fragile and shock-prone settings (FASP) present a critical development challenge, eroding eforts to build healthy, sustainable and equitable societies. Power relations and inequities experienced by people because of social markers, e.g., gender, age, education, ethnicity, and race, intersect leading to poverty and associated health challenges. Concurrent to the growing body of literature exploring the impact of these intersecting axes of inequity in FASP settings, there is a need to identify actions promoting gender, equity, and justice (GEJ). Gender norms that emphasise toxic masculinity, patriarchy, societal control over women and lack of justice are unfortunately common throughout the world and are exacerbated in FASP settings. It is critical that health policies in FASP settings consider GEJ and include strategies that promote progressive changes in power relationships. ReBUILD for Resilience (ReBUILD) focuses on health systems resilience in FASP settings and is underpinned by a conceptual framework that is grounded in a broader view of health systems as complex adaptive systems. The framework identifes links between diferent capacities and enables identifcation of feedback loops which can drive or inhibit the emergence and implementation of resilient approaches. We applied the framework to four diferent country case studies (Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal and Sierra Leone) to illustrate how it can be inclusive of GEJ concerns, to inform future research and support context responsive recommendations to build equitable and inclusive health systems in FASP settings.

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  • Journal: Conflict and Health
  • Published: 21/02/2022
  • Volume: 16
  • Issue: 1
  • Pagination: 7