Principal Investigator: Alastair Ager, Queen Margaret University
The study aimed to assess the key vulnerabilities of UNRWA health systems in the face of disruptions associated with the displacement of Palestine refugees registered in Syria. It sought to understand the mechanisms that help systems withstand and adapt to such disruptions, and establish lessons to enhance the resilience of health systems in other contexts of protracted displacement.
What makes a health system resilient?
Policymakers should view resilience as a property of complex and dynamic systems. A systems modelling approach, where stakeholders are actively engaged in discussing key pathways and elements of complex systems, can engage actors in identifying challenges and points for leverage. Such an approach can help build shared understanding of resilience in a specific context.
For humanitarian actors, ‘Absorption, adaptation and transformation’ is a simple framing method to reflect on alternative strategies to sustain service delivery. The following examples were specifically implemented by UNRWA-Syria:
This study was selected by the R2HC for our Research Impact Case Study series. The case study is now available to view online.View
Over almost 70 years, UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees) has provided services to one group: Palestine refugees forced to leave Palestine during the second half of the 1940s following the Arab-Israeli conflict.View
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