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Health in Fragile Contexts

24.08.2016 / SDC, Freiburgstrasse 130, 3003 Bern

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

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Photo: Remo Nägeli © SRK





Opening of the conference



by Jean-François Cuénod, SDC, Deputy Head of the South Cooperation Department

Setting the scene

To work in and on fragility – for inclusive and accountable institutions
by Markus Heiniger, SDC Focal Point Conflict and Human Rights

Health systems in a fragile context
by Thomas Gass, SRC, Head of Unit for strategic and conceptual development

Health systems in fragile contexts

Ebola and fragile health systems in West Africa, discussion on the causes and consequences
By Monica Rull, Medical Advocacy Manager, Médecins sans Frontières

Interactions between a community based health programme and the fragile context - Lessons learnt from Swiss Red Cross programmes in South Sudan
By Bernadette Peterhans, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Roles and complementarities of the health actors in fragile contexts - lessons learnt from Somalia and DRC
By Barbara Profeta, SDC Regional Health Advisor


Lunch Break


Parallel working groups on key questions

Based on cases presented in the morning and along the key questions

Working Group 1:
Contribution of health programmes to reduce fragility

Working Group 2:
Complementary cooperation of different actors: CSO/NGOs, development agencies, private sector and government

Working Group 3:
Specific challenges for health programmes at the interface of humanitarian aid development in fragile contexts


Do no harm or do good? How do we ensure good health in fragile contexts? What are the roles and requirements of health programmes in mitigating fragility?
Julie Hall, IFRC, Head Health department
Bernadette Peterhans, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
André Huber, SDC
Tim Martineau, ReBuild Consortium
Rachel Slater; Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC)


By Beat von Däniken, SRC, Head of International cooperation


The conference ends with an aperitif


Conference moderator: M. Leschhorn Strebel, Medicus Mundi Switzerland

Language: English

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