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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Diego Mauricio Diaz Velásquez

Diego Mauricio Diaz Velásquez
Diego Mauricio Diaz Velásquez
Social Policy School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh United Kingdom EH9 1QG
+447808521821 (57)3184673760
Research Interests
Health policy, Peace and conflict, Politics of health, Political Economy of Health, Macroeconomics, Health Insurance, hospitals

PhD Title

Supporting health care providers operating in asymmetric armed conflict settings: The case of Tumaco, Colombia

Armed conflict, a problem mainly endured by developing nations like Colombia in Latin America (The Heidelberg Institute, 2018), pose significant threats for the normal functioning of social institutions including health systems (Kruk, Freedman, Anglin, & Waldman, 2010). The empirical literature studying the effects of armed conflict on health systems acknowledges this context creates difficulties in health facilities like scarcity in staff, medicines and supplies, high staff turnover, and inappropriate behaviours in personnel to treat patients (Muyinda & Mugisha, 2015; Pavignani & Colombo, 2009; Rubenstein, 2013). Still, certain policy-relevant questions have not been fully addressed in the literature like understanding the support health providers, particularly hospitals, receive from health system stakeholders or private entities to operate in armed conflict environments. There is not much research to understanding the mechanisms these supporting actors use to assist health providers and how such mechanisms work. Besides, there is scant literature examining in-depth a hospital operation in a conflict-zone such as Colombia’s, characterised as asymmetric warfare that involves several parties and variable conflict intensity. Answering these questions is relevant for policy decision-makers in countries facing conflict, often categorised as resource-scarce environments. With this knowledge, conflict-affected countries can establish support strategies for the adequate operation of health providers to guarantee continuous access to health services to their population, particularly those in most need.