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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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New Film: Children of an Uncertain Climate

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Future Health Systems is pleased to announce the launch of a new film produced by the FHS India team. The film, titled Children of an Uncertain Climate is based on an FHS study titled ‘Decoding Child Health Impact under Climate Crisis.’This short film identifies the pathways by which Climate Change is impacting the child health in Indian Sundarbans – a climatically vulnerable setting.

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New films on Community Score Cards from Uganda

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FHS partner Makerere University School of Public Health is undertaking a Community Score Cards study, which is contributing to research on how leaders can work with the community and health workers to improve maternal and newborn health in Kibuku District. The use of the Community Score Card tool – a two-way and ongoing participatory tool for assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation - aims to improve the performance of facilities and accountability by the different stakeholders who are responsible for improving the performance of facilities.

We are pleased to share two new films, produced by MakSPH, highlighting the research undertaken in Kibuku using the Community Score Card tool.

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Coverage of the Innovations for Universal Health Coverage Conclave

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The Innovations for UHC Conclave, organised by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Amref Health Africa, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), NITI Aayog, and Health Systems Global (HSG) took place on June 11th and 12th in Bangalore, India. The event brought together technology innovators, investors, government officials, public and private sector health service providers from India and Africa to share insights and strategies on ways to leverage the transformational potential of health innovations and accelerate progress towards achieving UHC in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) in Asia and Africa.

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Film: Are Women of the Indian Sundarbans Living in the Dark?

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Future Health Systems is pleased to announce the launch of a new film, produced by the FHS India team - Are Women of the Indian Sundarbans Living in the Dark?

World-wide, women experience a higher burden of visual impairments than men, and this increases with age. This short film highlights the gendered dimension of seeking eye health care in the Indian Sundarbans - a climatically vulnerable setting.

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Pursuing UHC and addressing the challenge of AMR

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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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