Working in Fragile Contexts and Building up Resilient Health Systems

02.11.2016 / Pullman Hotel, Basel

MMS Symposium

The programme can be downloaded here

(Photo: United Nations Development Programme /flickr)



 Registration and Coffee


Welcome Speech
 By 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? By Maya Natarajan, IAMANEH; Maarten Hofland, Comundo; Nina Ndabihore, Swiss TPH

10:40 Coffee Break

Part 2: Community health care systems in fragile contexts


What does the evidence say? We are stronger together by Richard Burzynski, UNAIDS


Leaving no one behind: reaching youth today By Maximina Jokonya, Africaid, Zimbabwe 


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 contexts? Moderated by C. Capello, EdM & R. Burzynski, UNAIDS

Group B:

Leaving no one behind: How can we respect and fulfil human rights principles in fragile contexts? Moderated by R. Pla Cordero, Handicap International

Group C:

Adapting modalities to work in fragile contexts - an institutional perspective Moderated by
H. Prytherch & J. Schwarz, Swiss TPH


Presentation of the main findings


Panel: Crises, conflicts and fragile contexts: Is the Swiss health cooperation able to fulfill its mandate? With Jacques Mader, SDC; Jürg Utzinger, Swiss TPH; Rosmarie Quadranti, Nationalrätin; Lorenz Indermühle, SRK; Moderated by Martin Leschhorn Strebel, MMS




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