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Future Health Systems is a research consortium working to improve access, affordability and quality of health services for the poor. We are a partnership of leading research institutes from across the globe working in a variety of contexts: in low-income countries (Bangladesh, Uganda), middle-income countries (China, India) and fragile states (Afghanistan) to build resilient health systems for the future. After a successful first five-year phase from 2006-2011 (see our success stories), we are entering a new six-year phase of research, funded mainly by UK aid.

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Pursuing UHC and addressing the challenge of AMR

Future Health Systems

Governments, international agencies, and industry must work together at national, regional and global levels, so that actions to secure people’s access to effective treatment for common infections are aligned with efforts to reduce the risk of emerging AMR. On 30-31 May 2018, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Public Health Network and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan - with technical input from the Future Health Systems partner, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK - are co-hosting a multi-country, high-level meeting focusing on the pursuit of UHC in the context of the effective management of infectious diseases and emerging AMR.

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New IDS Bulletin on 'Accountability for Health Equity: Galvanising a Movement for Universal Health Coverage'

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FHS is pleased to announce the publication of the IDS Bulletin on ‘Accountability for Health Equity: Galvanising a Movement for Universal Health Coverage.

In July 2017, FHS partnered with the Institute of Development Studies, Health Systems Global, Unequal Voices, the Open Society Foundations and the Impact initiative to organise a workshop on ‘Unpicking Power and Politics for Transformative Change: Towards Accountability for Health Equity’, with the aim of generating dialogue and mutual learning among activists, researchers, policymakers, and funders working towards more equitable health systems and a commitment to Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The IDS Bulletin is based around three principal themes that emerged from the workshop.

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Towards accountability for health equity: galvanising a movement for UHC

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In May 2018, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK, in collaboration with Future Health Systems, the Impact Initiative, the Open Society Foundations, and Unequal Voices, will publish a new edition of the IDS Bulletin focusing on ‘Accountability for Health Equity’, which places relationships of power at the centre of our understanding of how health systems function – or don’t – for all levels of society.

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Leveraging the transformational potential of health innovations for UHC

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A large number of technological innovations aimed at addressing different health-related problems have emerged in recent years. How can we leverage the transformational potential of these innovations and accelerate progress towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in low and middle-income countries in Asia and Africa? This is the question at the core of the Innovations for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) event taking place in Bangalore, India, on 11 – 12 June.

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NEW SUPPLEMENT: Innovation in health systems in low- and middle-income countries

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FHS is pleased to announce the publication of a new supplement in BMC Globalization and Health, titled Innovation in health systems in low- and middle-income countries. There is a growing interest in new technologies and innovative organizational arrangements as a means to improve a health system’s performance. However, only a small proportion of the many investments in innovations have been shown to have an impact on health system performance at scale. The papers in this series, published in Globalization and Health, analyze the factors that enable and constrain the emergence and diffusion of health system innovations. They bring alternative perspectives to this issue, based on diverse local contexts and different types of innovation. The aim is to provide a stronger basis for the formulation of strategies for managing health system change in low- and middle-income countries.

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MEETING: Learning by doing: how to engage with stakeholders in implementation research?

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A “learning-by-doing” approach, using tools and techniques that are inclusive, participatory, and flexible, can help engagement and learning in different contexts to improve the delivery of health services.

This DC Health Systems Board event will bring together researchers and practitioners to share their experiences of engaging and working alongside service providers, beneficiaries, officials, and other local stakeholders through implementation research, and to discuss tools that can support such processes.

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NEW SUPPLEMENT: Engaging Stakeholders in Implementation Research: tools, approaches, and lessons learned from application

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FHS is pleased to announce the publication of a new BMC Health Research Policy and Systems supplement , titled Engaging Stakeholders in Implementation Research: tools, approaches, and lessons learned from application.

Implementation research and the engagement of stakeholders in such research have become increasingly prominent in finding ways to design, conduct, expand and sustain effective and equitable health policies, programmes and related interventions. 

The articles in this supplement examine some of the tools and approaches used to facilitate stakeholder engagement in implementation research, and describe learning from the experience of the Future Health Systems (FHS) Research Programme Consortium.

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NEW SUPPLEMENT: Leaving no one behind: the role of gender analyses in strengthening health systems

Future Health Systems

Health Policy and Planning has launched a new supplement examining gender across a range of health policy and systems contexts, from access to services, governance, health financing, and human resources for health. Spearheaded by Research in Gender and Ethics: Building Stronger Health Systems (RinGs), this supplement includes articles which draw upon research from the three Research Programme Consortia (RPC) which RinGs brings together: Future Health Systems, ReBUILD and RESYST. 

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WEBINAR: How can “learning-by-doing” help to improve the delivery of health services, and reach poor and marginalised people?

Future Health Systems

This Future Health Systems webinar sees the launch of a new journal supplement entitled Engaging stakeholders in implementation research: lessons from the Future Health Systems Research Program experience. During the webinar, Future Health Systems members will share, reflect and compare their experiences of learning through many years of interaction with diverse health systems actors in different settings.

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WEBINAR: Quality improvement that works: mentoring, supervision and involving the community. Lessons from the Maternal and Neonatal Implementation for Equitable Systems project in Uganda

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Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 8am EST, noon GMT, 2pm CEST, 3pm EAT and 5:30pm IST (duration: 1 hour)

 

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The Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal and Newborn Health (Quality of Care Network), is organizing a webinar to share some of the lessons from the Maternal and Neonatal Implementation for Equitable Systems (MANIFEST) project which the Makerere University School of Public Health ran in 2012-2015. The study was conducted in three districts in Eastern Uganda to help reduce maternal and neonatal deaths through the use of a participatory action research approach.

The speaker, Dr Suzanne Kiwanuka will explain how this approach involved communities, district and facility management simultaneously. She will highlight how mentoring and supervising quality improvement teams were key in seeing quality improvement take hold in a facility. Dr Kiwanuka will present some of the outcomes of the project in specific health facilities. She will emphasize the importance of continuity of supervisory teams, the use of action plans and the importance of focused mentoring sessions for quality improvement.

The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session.

Presenter: Dr. Suzanne Kiwanuka, is a Senior Lecturer at Makerere University School of Public Health Kampala Uganda and a health systems and policy expert with interest in human resource policy and practice, maternal and newborn health and knowledge translation.

 Who should join: Health practitioners and managers.

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The MANIFEST project has published a Supplement in Global Health Action. The lessons of the project are also documented in a series of nine Briefing Papers and a documentary.

This is a webinar in the special country highlights series of the Quality of Care Network. For more information about the series on capacity building for improving quality of care in health facilities click here.