Strengthening surveillance, preparedness, and response to health crises through the operationalization of the humanitarian-development nexus – challenges and lessons learnt

Day 2 – Current Challenge 1

Day 2 Environment – CC 1

May 28, 2024

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Event description

The operationalization of the humanitarian-development nexus in health plays a crucial role in strengthening the surveillance, preparation, and response to healthcare crises by local health systems and communities, especially in the current context of local conflict and global climate change. The nexus in health represents an effort to deliver health services equally, continuously, and resiliently to address population needs within protracted crises that might last for many years and that will have volatile evolutions.

Strengthening the Nexus involves harmonizing efforts in analysis, planning, programming, and coordination among humanitarian and development actors (The New Way of Working, WHO). There is not sequencing or transition between humanitarian and development programming, but a need to work alongside, managing complementarities between the two (from continuum to contiguum). The Nexus is not a sum of both sectors; instead, Nexus is about implementing short-term and long-term activities that happen in parallel to contribute to the SDGs and leaving no one behind.

Humanitarian and development health intervention should be conflict sensitive, designed to do not exacerbate the root causes of the conflict but to contribute to social cohesion, equity, and inclusion, and therefore, contribute to peacebuilding in the humanitarian-development-peace triple nexus. It is necessary to engage in joint evidence-based advocacy to ensure that political decisions aim to sustainably support programs on this subject.

This event is expected to generate a wealth of knowledge, insights, and collaboration opportunities that can further support the integration of development and humanitarian efforts in the health sector. By analysing experiences, sharing good practices, highlighting policy changes, and addressing challenges, the event can contribute to a more cohesive and effective approach to respond to health crises in complex and dynamic environments.



Speakers will be announced soon

Eba Al-muna Pasha

Switzerland, Speaker
WHO Global Health Cluster

Sandrine Busière

Switzerland, Speaker,  Terre des Hommes Foundation

Ousmane Sawadogo

Burkina Faso, Speaker
Keoogo Association

Sarah Hughes-McLure

Switzerland, Speaker

Iveth J. González

Switzerland, Chairwoman   Terre des Hommes Foundation

Marine Vignon

France, Speaker and  Moderator

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