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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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iHEA 2011: FHS talks quality

Future Health Systems

The FHS team will have a strong presence at the 8th Annual World Congress on Health Economics. In addition to convening two sessions, FHS members will be giving individual presentations and posters. We will be blogging and tweeting from Toronto for those who'd like to follow along.


FHS convened sessions

Access to health services is necessary but not sufficient to strengthen health systems – quality care is critical. Ensuring quality where there is inequality requires the skillful combination of commodities with knowledge. Using both economic and ethical lenses, two panels convened by FHS at the iHEA conference will present findings on how both supply side and demand side factors can be altered to improve quality of care.


Morals or Monitoring? Getting better agent performance in health systems in Asia and Africa
July 11, 10:15-11:30 am, Conference G

Towards Equal Access to Primary Health Care Services in Rural China 

Gerald Bloom, Institute of Development Studies

Impact of Voucher System on Access to MCH Services in Eastern Uganda 

John Bua, Makerere University, School of Public Health

Medical Representatives in Rural Bangladesh: Who are They and What Is Their Role in the Drug Market?

M. Hafizur Rahman, Johns Hopkins University, International Health


The Medical Knowledge Economy: Selling Smarter Medical Care in Low Income Settings
July 11, 4:45-6:00 pm, Civic North

Quantity, Quality, and Price in Informal Market for Anti-malarials in Nigeria 

Oladimeji Oladepo, University of Ibadan, Faculty of Public Health

Understanding the Incremental Cost of Increasing Access to Maternal Health Care Services: Perspectives from a Voucher Scheme in Eastern Uganda 

Chrispus Mayora, Makerere University, School of Public Health

Research on the Implementation Models of Essential Drug System with Local Health Facilities in Rural China

Wang Yunping, China National Health Development Research Center



Individual FHS presentations

Quality of underground health care: A case study of Indian Rural Medical Practitioners

Barun Kanjilal, Indian Institute of Health Management Research

Pre-conference symposium - The Role of the Private Sector in Health, 9 July 2011, 10:30am – 12:00pm, Conference Room B


Integrating Community Health Workers (CHWs) into Maternal and Newborn Health: What Does It Cost?

Elizabeth Ekirapa- Kiracho, Makerere University, School of Public Health

Industrial Organization of Vaccine Marketing: Macro and Micro, 12 Jul 2011, 11:45am - 1pm, Osgoode



FHS posters

Economic burden of care for chronic diseases of poor rural households in China 

Shijun Ding, Li Zhi, Henry Lucas and Gerald Bloom

July 11, 5:54 pm, Podium 1


Catastrophic out-of-pocket payment for health care and its impact on households: Findings from West Bengal, India 

Swadhin Mondal, Barun Kanjilal, David H. Peters, Henry Lucas

13 Jul 2011, 2:18 pm, Podium 1