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

Video courtesy of University of Geneva [opens new tab].

This round-table discussion by some of the top thinkers in the field provided critical reflections on the concept and application of health system resilience research, including rethinking in light of COVID-19.

The session was chaired by Professor Sophie Witter, co-Research Director for ReBUILD for Resilience, and unpacked:

• How resilience as a term has been used in health policy and systems research
• How it has been critiqued
• What strengths and weaknesses for the concept were revealed during the COVID-19 pandemic
• How to apply it appropriately in the future with innovative methods.



  • Alastair Ager, Institute for Global Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, UK
  • Rifat Atun, Harvard University, USA
  • Edwine Barasa, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Nairobi Programme, Kenya
  • Karl Blanchet, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, Switzerland
  • Mickey Chopra, World Bank
  • Gina Teddy, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration
  • Steve Thomas, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Stephanie Topp, James Cook University, Australia


Further information

This webinar resulted in a Lancet Global Health paper – Health system resilience: a critical review and reconceptualisation. Read the Viewpoint here.