Partnership for Health System Sustainability and Resilience

In collaboration with London School of Economics and AstraZeneca

Our Mission

Resilience encompasses health systems’ ability to prevent, respond to, and recover from acute and chronic crises (including, but not limited to, pandemic threats, natural disasters, climate change, and economic and technological shock), minimizing their impacts on health, social and economic wellbeing.

This must be met by the political will to act to strengthen health systems. Such action cannot be delayed until COVID-19 is behind us. Change is needed to build health systems which are more sustainable and resilient.

PHSSR’s mission is to support this goal, by providing tools and resources for research, a focal point for collaboration and knowledge exchange within and between countries, and a platform to disseminate and catalyse the adoption of breakthrough insights.

Sustainability and Resilience

PHSSR has adopted the following definitions of health system sustainability and resilience:

  • For health systems to be sustainable, they must be able to continually deliver their key functions of stewardship, generating resources and providing services, learning and improving in their ability to do so, in pursuit of improved population health.
  • Resilience encompasses health systems’ ability to prevent, respond to, and recover from acute and chronic crises (including, but not limited to pandemic threats, climate change, and economic and technological shocks), minimizing their impacts on health, social and economic wellbeing.
  • A sustainable health system is able to maintain its performance during and after crises. Resilience is therefore a vital component of health system sustainability.

Our Objectives

PHSSR’s objectives are to:

  • Build knowledge, understanding, and consensus on the dimensions of, and the relationship between health system sustainability and resilience, so that they can be understood in different country contexts, enabling identification of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats
  • Guide action by generating evidence-informed solutions and policy recommendations to improve sustainability and resilience, promoting their uptake and supporting pilot implementations
  • Facilitate cross-border and cross-sectoral collaboration by enabling international knowledge exchange, and by engaging, collaborating with, and being responsive to health system stakeholders.

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