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Filling the void: Health systems in fragile and conflict-affected states

New Content ItemEdited by Bayard Roberts, Egbert Sondorp and Suzanne Fustukian
Conflict and Health

Healthcare in fragile and conflict-affected states remains critical and it is becoming increasingly evident that this cannot be improved without special attention, policies and programming. This series aims to provide evidence on health policies and programs that work in fragile and conflict-affected states.

This collection of articles has not been sponsored and articles have undergone the journal’s standard peer-review process. The Editors declare no competing interests.

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  1. Content type: Research

    To address family planning for crisis-affected communities, in 2011 and 2012, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Women’s Refugee Commission undertook a multi-country assessment to docume...

    Authors: Mihoko Tanabe, Anna Myers, Prem Bhandari, Nadine Cornier, Sathyanarayanan Doraiswamy and Sandra Krause

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2017 11:9

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  2. Content type: Research

    Few studies look at policy making in the health sector in the aftermath of a conflict or crisis and even fewer specifically focus on Human Resources for Health, which is a critical domain for health sector per...

    Authors: Sophie Witter, Maria Paola Bertone, Yotamu Chirwa, Justine Namakula, Sovannarith So and Haja R. Wurie

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2017 10:31

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  3. Content type: Research

    More than a decade of conflict has weakened the health system in the Democratic Republic of Congo and decreased its ability to respond to the needs of the population. Community scorecards have been conceived a...

    Authors: Lara S. Ho, Guillaume Labrecque, Isatou Batonon, Viviana Salsi and Ruwan Ratnayake

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2015 9:27

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  4. Content type: Case study

    Ebola seems to be a particular risk in conflict affected contexts. All three of the countries most affected by the 2014-15 outbreak have a complex conflict-affected recent history. Other major outbreaks in the...

    Authors: Barbara McPake, Sophie Witter, Sarah Ssali, Haja Wurie, Justine Namakula and Freddie Ssengooba

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2015 9:23

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Destruction of health systems in fragile and conflict-affected states increases civilian mortality. Despite the size, scope, scale and political influence of international security forces intervening in fragil...

    Authors: Margaret Bourdeaux, Vanessa Kerry, Christian Haggenmiller and Karlheinz Nickel

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2015 9:14

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  6. Content type: Case study

    Previous studies show that health systems governance influences health system performance and health outcomes. However, there are few examples of how to implement and monitor good governing practices in fragil...

    Authors: Zelaikha Anwari, Mahesh Shukla, Basir Ahmad Maseed, Ghulam Farooq Mukhlis Wardak, Sakhi Sardar, Javid Matin, Ghulam Sayed Rashed, Sayed Amin Hamedi, Hedayatullah Sahak, Abdul Hakim Aziz, Mariah Boyd-Boffa and Reshma Trasi

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2015 9:2

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  7. Content type: Research

    Through the Balanced Scorecard program there have been independent, annual and nationwide assessments of the Afghan health system from 2004 to 2013. During this period, Afghanistan remained in a dynamic state ...

    Authors: Jack S Rowe, Kayhan Natiq, Olakunle Alonge, Shivam Gupta, Anubhav Agarwal and David H Peters

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2014 8:24

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  8. Content type: Case study

    Access to health services in Afghanistan has expanded in the last decade; however, gaps in care quality and outcomes of care remain a challenge. Recognizing these gaps, in 2009 the USAID Health Care Improvemen...

    Authors: Mirwais Rahimzai, Ahmad Jan Naeem, Silvia Holschneider and Ahmad Kamran Hekmati

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2014 8:21

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  9. Content type: Research

    Definitions of fragile states focus on state willingness and capacity to ensure security and provide essential services, including health. Conventional analyses and subsequent policies that focus on state-deli...

    Authors: Peter S Hill, Enrico Pavignani, Markus Michael, Maurizio Murru and Mark E Beesley

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2014 8:20

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  10. Content type: Meeting report

    Fragile and Conflict Affected States present difficult contexts to achieve health system outcomes and are neglected in health systems research. This report presents key debates from the Consultation of the Col...

    Authors: Joanna Raven, Tim Martineau, Eleanor MacPherson, Amuda Baba Dieu-Merci, Sarah Ssali, Steve Torr and Sally Theobald

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2014 8:15

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  11. Content type: Research

    It is recognized that decisions taken in the early recovery period may affect the development of health systems. Additionally, some suggest that the immediate post-conflict period may allow for the opening of ...

    Authors: Maria Paola Bertone, Mohamed Samai, Joseph Edem-Hotah and Sophie Witter

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2014 8:11

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