P009 – Countries’ Experiences on the Impact of Conflicts on Health Priority Setting

Organized Session 7

Date: Wednesday 8 May 2024
Time: 14:30 - 15:45 PM
Room: Ballroom B
Speakers: Mohamed Jama, Haniye Sadat Sajadi, Pitiphon Promduangsi, Mohammad Musa, Elham Ehsani, Reza Majdzadeh

Details descriptions of the session:

Many low- and middle-income countries are currently facing conflict, be it from war, political unrest, or sanctions. The consequences of these conflicts have led to a direct impact on access to and availability of health care services and goods. This has caused an increase in mortality rates posing a threat to public health.

The complex economic, social, and political circumstances resulting from these disputes provide significant obstacles for health systems to operate effectively. In this context, it is essential to highlight that in chronic and acute conflicts, differing impacts are at play. Acute conflicts are transient and temporary, while chronic conflicts exert prolonged and destructive effects but also provide opportunities for better planning to rebuild the health system.

Within this panel, the experiences of several countries such as Iran, Sudan, Somalia and Thailand will be examined in the context of priority setting within the prolonged context of chronic conflicts spanning several decades. These discussions will encompass various domains, including healthcare systems and health research, to provide a comprehensive understanding of the unique challenges and potential solutions associated with health priority setting and its financing in the context of chronic conflicts.

This session is relevant to the sub-theme of priority-setting during crises: preparing for future health threats. Countries experiencing conflict need to be familiar with the challenges of health priority-setting in their circumstances and consider possible solutions to address them. Moreover, there is a need for effective collective action to introduce a practical way of setting priorities in fragile health systems.

Learning objectives:
  • To explore the experiences of health systems in countries affected by conflicts, highlighting the challenges faced and strategies employed to overcome them.
  • To identify opportunities for improving priority setting in fragile situations within these health systems.
Target Audience:

This informative session is designed to benefit:

  • Policymakers and researchers operating in contexts characterized by conflict and involved in health priority setting.
  • Governance experts and executives representing international organizations at the global level who are interested in the challenges and solutions related to health priority setting in conflict-affected countries.
Structure of presentation:

Opening and closing:
Health Systems Resilience and Priority Setting in Conflict-Affected

Set the scene, Dr. Mohamed Jama


  1. Health Priorities in Country under Chronic Sanctions, Dr. Haniye Sadat Sajadi;
  2. Geared towards Priority Setting in Border Health, Using Data from Thailand and
    Myanmar Border in Thailand, Dr. Pitiphon Promduangsi;
  3. Sudan's Health Priorities Amid the Ongoing Armed Conflict, Dr. Mohammad Musa;
  4. Research Prioritization during the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Absence of Reliable External Aid, Dr. Elham Ehsani-chimeh;
  5. Essential Health Services Packeges, Lesson Learnt from COVID-19, Dr. Reza Majdzadeh;

Each presentation will last 10 minutes, and there will be a 25-minute free discussion, too.

  • Mohamed Jama – Ministry of Health and Human Services, Federal Government of Somalia, Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Haniye Sadat Sajadi – Knowledge Utilization Research Center, University Research and Development Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Pitiphon Promduangsi
  • Mohammad Musa
  • Bahareh Yazdizadeh – Knowledge Utilization Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Reza Majdzadeh – School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex, Colchester, England.
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