RESYST (Resilient and Responsive health systems) was an international research consortium funded by UKaid from the Department for International Development. It conducted health policy and systems research in Africa and Asia to promote health and health equity and reduce poverty.

Focus on resilient and responsive health systems

The ideas of resilience and responsiveness are central to understanding how health systems can sustain progress towards health and health equity. Resilient health systems deliver necessary services without placing financial burden on poor households. Responsive health systems offer respectful care while at the same time recognising differences in need among population groups.

Resilient and responsive health systems require a strong foundation of fairly distributed financial and human resources; systems for managing these resources that support equitable, effective and efficient service delivery; and governance approaches that enable and sustain these actions, including by promoting system learning and accountability.