The state of public health systems directly intersects with peacebuilding, as readily demonstrated by the global response to COVID-19 & the role of civic actors as service delivery providers in conflict-affected contexts. Strong health infrastructure often reflects sustainable peace; conversely, reliable health care is threatened by insecurity, which can then drive further conflict. This Thematic Action Area is a collection of discussions, resources, events & more that provide knowledge & coordination opportunities around public health in conflict contexts.
Public health is the science of protecting & improving the health of people & their communities (CDC Foundation).
According to the World Health Organization’s Global Health for Peace Initiative (GHPI), “Conflicts are a major obstacle to health, while a lack of access to health & basic social services can lead to feelings of exclusion, which are in themselves a major driver of conflict & violence. Delivering health care can help prevent this vicious circle if done so in a way specific to the context, sensitive to the triggers of the conflict & both delivers health benefits & contributes to the peace process.”
To start conversations about & provide insight on topics related to public health & conflict, please explore & contribute to our Discussions.
For a collection of resources on public health & conflict, please visit our Resource Library.
For a list of organizations & groups working in public health in conflict contexts, please see our Collaboration Map.