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This article examines the validity and utility of a capacity-oriented resilience framework (including absorption, adaptation and transformation) with respect to the functioning of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) health systems in Lebanon and Jordan in the context of the Syrian crisis. The study adds to the limited literature on health system and organisational resilience and indicates that capacity-oriented framings of resilience are valuable in extracting generalisable lessons for health systems facing adversity. The proposed resilience framework promises to guide strategies for sustained care delivery in these contexts.

 

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