Our work is structured over an initial four-year period in three phases of development:

In Phase 1, Scoping, Assessment and Design, researchers will appraise key challenges in delivery of the NCD and mental health interventions in the contexts of Lebanon and Sierra Leone. Research will focus on identifying health systems and community factors contributing to fragility of the integrated ‘system for health’ relevant to delivery and uptake of these interventions. This phase will feature structured reviews of relevant published and grey literatures; preliminary field research mapping challenges related to fragility utilizing a range of cutting-edge quantitative and qualitative methodologies; synthesis of findings; and consultation with policymakers, providers and service users.

In Phase 2, Strategic Intervention and Evaluation, we will use our analyses of institutional and community factors facilitating and constraining interventions to identify strategic actions to increase service accessibility, accountability and quality. Again deploying innovative methodologies, we will evaluate the impact of these strategic actions, focusing on care delivery and uptake at the interface of health systems and communities.

In Phase 3, Generalisation and Dissemination, we will build on evidence from our work in Lebanon and Sierra Leone in the earlier phases to formulate a health in fragility assessment framework to inform intervention planning and health system appraisal and strengthening in LMICs globally. We will test, refine and validate this health in fragility analytic framework through intervention research both in other contexts in Lebanon and Sierra Leone and in neighbouring countries

NIHR Research Unit on Health in Fragility (RUHF)

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