Health Systems Resilience

Health Systems Resilience: Identifying ways to promote health systems resilience in contexts of protracted displacement through systems analysis of UNRWA provision to Palestine refugees displaced by the Syria Crisis.

01 Sept 2016 - present

Countries: Lebanon, Jordan, Syria

The flag of Lebanon The flag of Syria  The flag of Jordan

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) was established in 1949 to serve the needs of Palestine refugees displaced after the Arab-Israeli conflict of 1948. Over 5 million Palestine refugees across the Middle East (West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria) are eligible for UNRWA services. 

However, with the ongoing crisis in Syria, thousands of these refugees have been displaced once again – internally to different areas within Syria or to the neighbouring countries of Jordan and Lebanon. 

This project is researching how the UNRWA health system working in these 3 countries is coping with the effects of crisis and increased numbers of patients. The research identifies what is helping UNRWA withstand and adapt to these changes. 

A key part of this research will be to inform the resilience of other health systems coping with long-term displacement or humanitarian issues.

Health systems in situations of adversity: what is resilience?



Research at the Institute for Global Health and Development. In this video, Dr Karin Diaconu discusses the Health Systems Resilience project in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.



IGHD presented at and participated in the 5th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research #HSR2018

For information about sessions related to this project and other #HSR2018 sessions, visit IGHD at #HSR2018.

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