Adaptation with robustness: the case for clarity on the use of 'resilience' in health systems and global health

Abimbola, Seye, and Topp, Stephanie M. (2018) Adaptation with robustness: the case for clarity on the use of 'resilience' in health systems and global health. BMJ Global Health, 3. e000758. pp. 1-3.

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[Extract] In the last 3 years, the concept of resilience has received much attention in the health systems and global health literature, triggered by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa (which, in 2014, exposed a lack of health system and global health resilience) and followed in 2016 by the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (with the theme ‘Resilient and responsive health systems in a changing world’). Resilience has been widely embraced in the literature,1–5 and also by the immediate past6 and current7 WHO Director General. BMJ Global Health has also published several reports applying the concept of resilience to how health systems respond to acute shocks and chronic stress.

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