Reflections from fragile and conflict-affected settings

Presentation from Professor Sophie Witter at the Institute of Development Studies’ learning session ‘Health financing priorities in the time of Covid-19?’ (NB The IDS site features a number of useful related resources.)

The event was designed to meet the needs of health advisers, the wider health network and those from other cadres with an interest in health. It was delivered as part of the Health Systems Strengthening Learning Journey, which aims to support FCDO’s (formerly DFID’s) understanding, capacity and influence in strengthening health systems to improve the health and well-being amongst the poorest and marginalised in low- and middle-income countries.

Access a PDF of the presentation here, or view the slides below.

Within the context of COVID-19, and its exposure of weaknesses in health systems across the world, the panel considered a number of issues including:

  • What principles should guide decisions on priorities for health spending?
  • How will service delivery models & related financing need to change to meet current challenges?
  • How can greater efficiency and sustainability across the health system be achieved at the same time as meeting increasing demand and lower revenues?
  • Are countries adequately funding the core (fundamentals) of public health, critical for a resilient health system? What role is there for external financing?