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New Webinar

Health system resilience – framing, debates and latest evidence as we start to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic

Tuesday, 7 June 2022, 13:00 – 14:30 CEST

This round-table discussion by some of the top thinkers in the field will provide critical reflections on the concept and application of resilience in health systems research, including rethinking in the light of COVID-19. The webinar is co-hosted by ReBUILD for Resilience and the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies.

The panel will be chaired by Professor Sophie Witter, co-Research Director for ReBUILD for Resilience. The panel will include:

  • Karl Blanchet is a Professor in Humanitarian Public Health and Health Systems Research at the University of Geneva and Director of the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies. Karl is also the co-Chair of the SYSTAC European Hub.

  • Edwine Barasa is the director of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Nairobi programme, heads its Health Economics Research Unit (HERU) and is a visiting professor of health economics at the University of Oxford.

  • Rifat Atun is a Professor of Health Systems at Harvard University and the Director of the Health Systems Innovation Lab at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. The first strand of his research focuses on health systems performance and the design implementation and evaluation of health system reforms. The second strand analyses innovation in health systems.”

  • Gina Teddy, GIMPA is a Lecturer at GIMPA and has been the co-chair for the teaching and Learning TWG for Health Systems Global since 2018. She is the founder and former Coordinator of the Centre for Health Systems and Policy Research (CHESPOR) at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). Gina is a health systems practitioner and an implementation researcher with a particular interest in promoting HPSR across the African Region.

  • Steve Thomas is the Edward Kennedy Chair of Health Policy and Management and the Director of Health Policy and Engagement for the School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. He is also a Health Research Board Research Leader with his RESTORE programme, which focuses on health system resilience and reform. He led the Trinity team in support of the Oireachtas Committee for the Future of Healthcare and its production of Slaintecare which is now the chief health reform programme of the Irish government.

  • Daniel Cobos Muñoz is the principal investigator of a number of projects focused on the application of system thinking methods to tackle health system challenges in LMICs. He is also the co-lead of the European Hub of the System Thinking Accelerator (SYSTAC), the Chair of the WHO Reference Group for Verbal Autopsy, and a member of the WHO Reference Group on Health Statistics.

  • Mickey Chopra is a lead health specialist at the World Bank and global solutions lead on service delivery. An important strand of this work on service delivery has been on how to adapt service delivery in challenging settings, especially in conflict and post-conflict settings.

  • Alastair Ager, Institute for Global Health and Development, QMU, Edinburgh: His work has focused on health systems resilience in contexts of fragility, including those impacted by conflict, forced displacement and climate change.

  • Stephanie Topp, Associate Professor of Global Health and Development at James Cook University in Australia and on the Board of Directors of Health Systems Global.  Her research and teaching focus on health workforce governance with a particular focus on the way power, accountability and trust influence health policies, systems and service delivery

New webinar

Troubling partnerships in capacity development: What lessons for systems thinking?

Monday 23 May 2022, 13:00 – 14:00 CEST

What do receiving partners see as the main challenges to capacity development projects? This seminar will describe the capacities needed for sustainable capacity development projects and seven typologies of failure and will discuss their relevance to systems thinking capacity development projects.

Webinar: Systems approaches to strengthening health system resilience: Key concepts and lessons from COVID-19.

The seminar presented the key concepts of health system resilience and stages of a shock as they relate to systems thinking, and discussed strategies for building resilience from the evidence and lessons learned during COVID-19 in the European region.

Facilitators: Dr Dell Saulnier and Dr Daniel Cobos, Co.Leads of the SYSTAC European Hub

Prof. Steve Thomas Trinity College Dublin. Prof. Thomas is the Edward Kennedy Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of Health Policy and Engagement for the School of Medicine. He is the lead author of the ’Strengthening health systems resilience: Key concepts and strategies’ report from the European Observatory.

Anna Sagan London School of Economics and Political Science. Anna is a Research Fellow at LSE and an Honorary Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research areas include health system resilience, health insurance, and health system value. She is the Editor of the ’Health systems resilience during COVID-19: Lessons for building back better’ report from the European Observatory.

Call to be peer publication supporters

We are pleased to launch a call to be peer publication supporters to informally review and provide feedback for abstracts, paper outlines or first draft manuscripts before they are formally submitted to a journal. We expect each of you to review one manuscript or an outline of a manuscript.

Currently, there is an open call for papers for Systems thinking: strengthening health systems in practice Systems thinking: strengthening health systems in practice, which is due on 31 March 2022.  Peer supporters and authors could use this workshop to fine-tune their manuscripts before submission to this journal or any other.


  • If you agree to be a volunteer for the peer publication support, we request you to express your interest by Friday 21 January 2022 
  • For those who wish to submit an abstract, paper outlines or first draft manuscript for review, please do so by Friday 28 January 2022. 
  • To those who volunteered to be peer publication supporters, you will receive your review assignment by Friday 4 February 2022.
  • By Friday 18 February, we request the peer publication supporters to send their reviews
  • Submission to the journal: 31 March 2022