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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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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. 

 

New Global Health Action supplement sharing MANIFEST findings

Future Health Systems

A new collection of research articles in the journal Global Health Action shares findings from the Maternal and Neonatal Implementation for Equitable Systems (MANIFEST) study in Uganda, led by the Makerere University School of Public Health in Kampala. The team, who are partners in Future Health Systems, used a participatory action research approach to engage different actors to improve maternal and neonatal health outcomes in the districts of Pallisa, Kibuku and Kamuli, in eastern Uganda.

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Researching strategies to empower communities to strengthen local health service accountability

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Future Health Systems research in Bangladesh and Uganda is assessing how community empowerment strategies can affect service delivery and community capabilities. In Uganda, FHS partner, Makerere University School of Public Health, has partnered with Kibuku District in Eastern Uganda to develop and test a community and facility score card for maternal and newborn health service delivery. The feasibility study aims at identifying facilitators, barriers and factors that could influence implementation, institutionalization and scale-up of community and facility score cards in Uganda.

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White Paper: Public health performance strengthening at districts

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From 21-25 November 2016, 20 public health experts, including FHS researcher David Bishai from Johns Hopkins University, met in Bellagio, Italy to develop a way forward to assist countries strengthen public health practice as a way to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. You can find out more about it in our news item about the meeting.

The proceedings from the conference are documented in this recently published White Paper, titled 'Public Health Performance Strengthening at Districts: Rationale and Blueprint for Action'. This white paper provides guidance on strengthening public health practice, and can be used by public health agencies, ministries, development partners, and practitioners.


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Health Systems Research Ethics: Special Issue Webinar

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Webinar: "Health Systems Research Ethics: Special Issue Webinar"

When: 05/30/2017 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Host: Professor Adnan Hyder (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

Health systems research ethics is a relatively new and emerging field, with numerous normative and descriptive questions that have largely not been considered. It has been argued that the ethical issues arising in health systems research projects may be unique or nuanced relative to biomedical research.

To further build the field of health systems research ethics and promote scholarship in this area, a special issue of Developing World Bioethics was devoted to it in 2016. This webinar brings together the authors (including some FHS Researchers) of four papers published in that special issue (Sassy Molyneux, Bridget Pratt, Hayley MacGregor, Gerry Bloom, and Abbas Rattani) as well as one of its co-editors (Adnan Hyder) to share their findings and work.

The webinar is one hour and will consist of an introduction, 4 short presentations by the authors discussing their papers, followed by a Q&A with the authors and a broader discussion on the ethics of health systems research moderated by Joe Ali (Berman Institute of Bioethics).

Presenters:

  1. Introduction: Professor Adnan Hyder, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and Bloomberg School of Public Health; Guest Editor of Special Issue
  2. Health Systems Research Consortia and the Promotion of Health Equity in Low and Middle-Income Countries, Bridget Pratt, University of Melbourne (Australia)
  3. Health Systems Research in a Complex and Rapidly Changing Context: Ethical Implications of Major Health Systems Change at Scale, Hayley MacGregor, Institute of Development Studies (UK)
  4. Research Involving Health Providers and Managers: Ethical Issues Faced by Researchers Conducting Diverse Health Policy and Systems Research in Kenya, Sassy Molyneux, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (Kenya)
  5. What Makes Health Systems Research in Developing Countries Ethical? Application of the Emanuel Framework for Clinical Research to Health Systems Research, Abbas Rattani, Meharry Medical College (USA)

To join the webinar: https://connect.johnshopkins.edu/hsr2017/

Please RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/Kfwj7NX9vm8myZvz1

Symposium on Health Financing for Universal Health Coverage in Low and Middle Income Countries

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Makerere University School of Public Health under the stewardship of the SPEED Project is pleased to announce the Symposium on Health Financing for Universal Health Coverage in Low and Middle Income Countries, which will be taking place in Kampala, Uganda from 16 - 18 August, 2017.

The theme of the Symposium is 'Financing for Universal Health Coverage More money for health AND more health for the money', with the folloowing sub-themes:

  • Ensuring financial risk protection using public funds
  • Risk sharing and pooling of funds through insurance
  • Leveraging health benefits from investment in other sectors
  • Strategic purchasing and results based financing
  • Global health initiatives and innovative financing approaches

Deadline for Early Bird abstract submissions is 14 May, 2017, and Late Breaker Submissions are due 27 May, 2017. Registration opens on 15 May, 2017. For further information, please visit the Symposium website.

Social relationships are at the heart of knowledge for development

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In a so-called 'post-truth' world, where experts are viewed with increasing suspicion, how do academics, practitioners and donors work together to ensure evidence informs policies and practices that have a transformative impact on people’s lives and contribute to global efforts to reduce poverty? These issues are discussed by leading social scientists, NGOs, donors and policymakers from around the globe in The Social Realities of Knowledge for Development, an edited collection of articles, launched at a [high profile event convened by Institute of Development Studies, Overseas Development Institute and IIED.

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Bangladesh: Delivering for Success at Scale

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Delivering for Success at Scale - a two day conference from 7 to 8 February 2017 at the BRAC Auditorium, Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh - will build on the longstanding partnership between BRAC, ICDDR,B and the Institute of Development Studies to explore the role of knowledge in the conceptualisation, design, delivery and management of development programmes and policies. 

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