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DFID should put long term research at the heart of development

Future Health Systems

Long term research is integral to understanding and responding to the deepest development challenges, including those that are now in the public consciousness, such as the current refugee crisis. As the Department for International Development (DFID) reviews its partnerships and develops a new research strategy, this blog post by Sara Bennett, David Peters, Abbas Buiyah and Tom Barker reinforce why DFID should maintain and improve its investment in long term research.

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Towards change through imagery: women use Photovoice to improve health in the Indian Sundarbans

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How can the use of photos help to influence decision-makers? Shibaji Bose, FHS PIRU Officer at IIHMR blogs about how women in the Indian Sundarbans used Photovoice - a visual action research technique - to demonstrate to decision makers the challenges that they face in gaining access to health services.

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Harnessing the power of networks for building HSR capacity in the Global South

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Inspired by the power of networks to strengthen capacity in health systems research, colleagues at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health convened a panel titled “The network approach to strengthening health systems research capacity: experiences from the Global South” for the Global Forum for Health Research (Forum 2015) held in Manila, Philippines from 24-27 August. Four networks engaged in capacity building for health policy and systems research (HPSR) were showcased. Here are the reflections of the Chair (NJ) and the panelists (CM, EE, RR and SG). 

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‘Emerged voices’ speak to the emerging: Ten takeaways from the ‘Manila conversation’

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In the New Leaders for Health (NL4H) Pre-Forum in Manila, which took place in August 2015, four Emerging Voices alumni – Renzo Guinto, Nasreen Jessani, Bhaskar Purohit and Beverly Ho – participated in a panel entitled “Emerging Voices for Global Health: The Future of Health Systems Research.” The panel aimed to not only introduce the Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH) program to young health researchers and innovators, but also to showcase the experiences of Emerging Voices (EV) alumni post-training and their visions for the future of health systems research across the world. In this blog post, the four alumni summarize in ten points the key messages that arose from their exciting ‘Manila conversation’.

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Down the Rabbit-Hole: A Glimpse into the Sunbelt Social Network Analysis Conference

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"For a few days in June I felt like Alice in Wonderland: tumbling down a rabbit hole, only to find myself lost in a maze of rooms. Overwhelmed by the unfamiliar. Curious about what next. I opened one door and saw indistinguishable mathematical formulas flash on the screen across the hall. I opened another door and could barely see through the multitude of hands raised in question." Nasreen Jessani tells the story of her experience at the annual Sunbelt Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) held in Brighton, UK from 23-28 June 2015. 

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How have medical institutions responded to national healthcare reform in China?: Site investigation in pilot area of Hanbin Distrcit, Shannxi Province

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To further understand the reactions of medical institutions in light of national healthcare reform and to explore corresponding influences of payment system reform on medical behaviors of the medical staff, China FHS conducted a full-scope site investigation in the pilot area of Hanbin District, Shannxi province from 9th-11th April, 2014.  This blog by the China PIRU team provides further details on the process and outcomes of the investigation.

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Tackling undernutrition in West Bengal through multi-sector consensus and action

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On 27 April 2015, the Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) University (FHS partner) and Welthungerhilfe, with technical inputs from UNICEF, co-hosted a consultation meeting in Kolkata to address the challenges and barriers to the adoption of a sustainable multi-sectoral approach to combat child undernutrition in the Indian state of West Bengal. This blog outlines the key messages, outcomes and actions from the meeting.

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Implementing system-wide health reform at district level: lessons from China

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It is increasingly important to understand the role of medical institutions in health care reform and the influences of payment system reform on the medical behaviors of clinicians. In order to do so, Deputy Director Yu Lihua, from the payment system and medical classification team of the China National Health Development Research Centre (CNHDRC), led seven junior researchers from the health security team and the payment system team to conduct the second round field survey in Yubei District, Chongqin City, from 25 to 26 September 2014.

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FHS Young Researchers mHealth workshop

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The FHS Young Researcher programme brought together three grantees for a workshop in Baltimore during January: Tianyang Liu from the China National Health Development Research Center, Francis Nzakimuena from the University of Kinshasa School of Public Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Md. Shahnawaz from Institute of Health Management Research in India. All three are working on projects that incorporate aspects of mHealth. The fourth grantee is Jackline Sitienei from Moi University in Kenya.

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Research Uptake and the Fourth Estate

Future Health Systems

By Shibaji Bose, FHS India Policy Influence and Research Uptake Officer

The media is famously called the fourth estate, after the executive, judiciary, and legislature.

My comprehension from the [ResUp meet][1] was that many who attended considered the media just one of the many channels that would take forward / upward / downward to the proletariat their ‘silver bullet’ research findings. However, from an Indian / South Asian context, there would have been no structural movements or user voices reclaiming their lost territory if they had not piggybacked on the media storm.

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