Principles of Health Systems Resilience in the Context of COVID-19 Response

The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge to health systems globally.  This brief summarises key principles for promoting resilient health systems in the face of this challenge.

It is based on evidence from research programmes commissioned by the UK government’s Department for International Development (now Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) and the National Institute for Health Research, including ReBUILD.

A number of these principles point to the value of anticipation of shocks and appropriate preparation. However, a number also address means of responding in the face of adversity.

Read the brief here (opens an FCDO webpage)

Summary of principles

  • Develop flexible pathways for medical supplies
  • Prioritise a list of essential health services
  • Build trust with local communities
  • Foster good communication at all system levels
  • Support, recognise and encourage staff
  • Facilitate rapid resource flow to front line providers and greater flexibility in its use
  • Ensure agile tracking of health information
  • Cultivate effective partnerships and networks

Read the brief here (opens a FCDO webpage)

This resource was produced by the ReBUILD programme – the precursor of ReBUILD for Resilience.