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Building Resilient Health Systems in the Shadow of COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed structural weaknesses in health systems worldwide and negatively impacted individuals, societies, and economies. In the pandemic’s wake, political leaders and everyday people alike recognize the importance of resilient health systems that can prevent, prepare for, respond to, and learn from infectious outbreaks and other shocks while continuing to deliver quality essential health services. But urgent questions remain. Which features of a health system are most important for achieving resilience? How can countries—especially poor ones—build resilient health systems? Which investments should countries prioritize to make their systems resilient to future challenges?

This new World Bank report, “Change Cannot Wait: Building Resilient Health Systems in the Shadow of COVID-19,” builds on previous work, leverages new research, and considers countries’ frontline experiences during the pandemic. It presents a new framework for making health systems resilient, shows how countries can build them, and where countries and partners can target investments to improve health outcomes.


00:00 Opening and welcome remarks
06:34 Explainer animated video
08:47 Main insights from the report
25:00 Panel discussion: Vision from Ghana, Bhutan, and civil society
55:45 Closing remarks

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