Thinking and Working Politically on Health Systems Resilience: - Learning from the experience of
30 June 2022
Governance and political economy factors act in concert with and in addition to the social, environmental, epidemiological, and other determinants that affect the burden of disease and the types and magnitude of shocks that challenge health systems. [...] The fourth aspect, recovery, refers to the adjustment of pandemic-related functions as the pandemic slows and depends on numerous factors including the vaccination programme, the strength of the routine health system and the flexibility with which human and financial resources can be redeployed. [...] Overall, the discussion highlighted the complexity of the issue of trust and the incomplete understanding of the processes by which governments earn and maintain this. [...] The discussion highlighted several priorities for strengthening the governance of health systems to improve resilience to COVID-19 and future pandemics: Use the present political moment to draw attention to the importance of health systems resilience. [...] The resilience of a health system depends on public trust in political and social leaders, health professionals and the health system in general to perform in an effective, transparent and accountable manner, and to provide acceptable, appropriate and timely services of all kinds.