Health in Fragile Contexts

A conference organized by MMS, SDC and the Swiss Red Cross

In an increasing number of countries the implementation of health programmes is challenged by fragile contexts. At the same time, fragility of a state is considered as one of the main causes for malfunctioning health services. Emergency situations aggravate such situation and reveal the weaknesses of the system. These settings evoke not only questions on how to adapt to shaking working environment or on sustainability, but also whether health programmes could make a contribution to reduce fragility.

Health in Fragile Contexts

(Photo: Remo Nägeli © SRK)



Specific experiences of health programmes in fragile contexts presented during the conference will be the basis for the analysis and discussions of key questions, such as

  • Can health programmes have a positive influence on key drivers of fragility and make a contribution to reduce fragility? In which way and at what (community, district, state) level? What are specific challenges and limitations?
  • What are the roles and potential complementarities of the different actors: CSO, NGOs, government, development agencies (including UN/multilateral/global agencies)?
  • What are the specific challenges and conflicting priorities for health programmes at the interface of humanitarian aid and development cooperation in fragile contexts: e.g. fast and effective aid to beneficiaries vs system strengthening and community involvement; sustainability of service in case of planned or unplanned termination of a programme.

 The organisators, the Swiss Red Cross, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Network Medicus Mundi Switzerland hope that this conference will find your interest and kindly invite you to save the date. The invitation with a detailed programme will follow at a later date.

Date & Time

August, 24 2016; 09:00 – 16:30 h


Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Freiburgstrasse 130, Berne
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You find the detailled programme of the conference here.


English, without any translations

Information and registration

Martin Leschhorn Strebel, Network Medicus Mundi Switzerland
Phone: ++41 (0)61 383 18 10

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