Working in Fragile Contexts and Building up Resilient Health Systems

02.11.2016 / Pullman Hotel, Basel

MMS Symposium

(Photo: United Nations Development Programme /flickr)

Preliminary Programme


 Registration and Coffee


Welcome Speech
Thomas Vogel, President of the Network Medicus Mundi Switzerland

Part 1: Swiss NGO’s experience working in fragile contexts


Health in fragile contexts: conclusions from the conference organized by MMS, SDC and the Swiss Red Cross on 24 August By Verena Wieland, SRK


Sofa Talk with MMS partner organisations: Why do community systems matter to them?

10:40 Coffee Break

Part 2: Community health care systems in fragile contexts


What does the evidence say? by Richard Burzynski, UNAIDS


Community voice: What does it mean to live in fragile contexts with weak health systems? By Loyce Maturu or Maximona Jokonya, Zimbabwe (tbc)


Implementing people-centred health systems governance in Afghanistan By Dr. Zelaikha Anwari; Reproductive Health Director; Ministry of Public Health; Afghanistan-Kabul


External shocks to health systems: The added value of community participation and inclusion towards resilience. The example of East-Cameroon by Manjo Basiru Isa, Fairmed/UNHCR

12.30 Lunch

Part 3: What is the way forward?


Group A:

What are key instruments for successful community health programs in fragile context?

Group B:

Leaving no one behind: How can we ensure that human rights principles are respected in fragile contexts?

Group C:

Adapting modalities to work in fragile contexts - an institutional perspective Moderated by
Helen Pytherch, Swiss TPH


Presentation of the main findings


Panel: Crises, conflicts and fragile contexts: Is the Swiss health cooperation able to fulfill its mandate?




Carine Weiss

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