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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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FHS attend the International Health Economics (IHEA) conference in Copenhagen, Denmark

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FHS organized two panels of presentations at the iHEA annual conference held from July 8-12, 2007. One was entitled “How Can Private Providers be Engaged in Serving the Poor?”  Dr. Waters moderated this session, which included presentations on:

  • India's Experience with Subsidized Health Insurance for the Poor – presented by Peter Berman of the World Bank in New Delhi, India;
  • Competitive Voucher Schemes for Health – presented by Anna Gorter of the Instituto CentroAmericano de la Salud in Managua, Nicaragua; and
  • Avoiding misunderstanding when engaging private providers in serving the poor – presented by Dominic Montagu of the University of California, San Francisco.

A second session was entitled, “Ensuring Access to Essential Health Services for Poor Populations” and included presentations ob:

  • Can Output Based Aid Improve STD Access for the Poor in Western Uganda?  – by Ben Bellows
  • Effects of Social Franchised Reproductive Health Services on Access to Care – by David Bishai

 Dr. Waters also presented comments at the launch of a new book from the World Bank, entitled "Analyzing Health Equity Using Household Survey Data: A Guide to Techniques and Their Implementation", written by Owen O'Donnell, Eddy van Doorslaer, Adam Wagstaff, and Magnus Lindelow.  The book will be published this summer by the World Bank.


Dr. Waters’ research on financial protection in health was as part of a panel on this subject, entitled “Catastrophic Expenditures”.  This presentation featured research using household surveys to estimate the percentage of households that are spending more than a defined threshold on health – generally 10% of total household spending for out-of-pocket payments and 40% for all health care contributions.