On 3rd and 4th of March 2016, over 200 leaders from the business, humanitarian, health and academic sectors will gather at the IMD Business School in Lausanne to address priority issues in the field of HEALTH IN FRAGILE ENVIRONMENTS.


The objective of the event is to facilitate the development of cross-sector solutions to address priority heath challenges in fragile environments. The event acts as a platform to present ongoing collaborative initiatives as well as identify new leads for impactful collaboration in the medium term.


Two key themes have been selected in order to better focus the reflections and exchanges during the event. The themes have been selected on the basis of their potential impact on decreasing the number of preventable deaths in fragile environments, the possibilities they offer for innovative and collaborative solutions, and the interest for them among partners and the ICRC.

Ensuring and expanding access to health in fragile environments: More specifically:

  • Women and Child Health: How to extend adapted care to women and children in fragile environments?
  • M-Health: How to leverage mobile solutions to expand healthcare coverage to remote and conflict affected locations?
  • Violence against Healthcare:  How to address violence against healthcare services to ensure their functioning at all times, including in armed conflict?

Enhancing the response to emerging and unmet needs: This includes:

  • Non-Communicable Diseases: How to effectively address the rise in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in fragile environments?
  • Epidemics and Emergency Response: How to build on lessons from the latest Ebola pandemic to ensure a more coordinated and concerted effort in our response to future epidemics?
  • Financing Healthcare: What new innovative solutions can be applied to fragile environments to support the strengthening of healthcare systems?


In this video we take a look at the transformative power of collaboration and innovation for an issue as complex as the one of Health in Fragile Environments. Participants from ICRC, the corporate sector, academia and more share their views of the issue and the value of an event such as the GPHI2.