On 13 June 2011 the CEO of Future Health Systems, Dr. Sara Bennet, participated in a panel at the Global Health Council Conference in Washington, D.C. The panel examined different approaches to strengthening health systems, which is seen as essential to increasing acces to quality health care. Sara argued that a multiplicity of approaches is a good thing, if it reflects responsiveness to differing contexts. But ultimately, there is a strong need to embrace more nationally driven health systems strengthening agendas and support the development of national-level capacity to drive such agendas.
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.