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NEW SUPPLEMENT: Innovation in health systems in low- and middle-income countries

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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 SUPPLEMENT: Innovation in health systems in low- and middle-income countries

Future Health Systems

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.

The purpose of this thematic issue is to stimulate analyses of innovation in the context of complex and dynamic health systems. Although the focus is on low and middle-income countries, the papers have a wider geographic relevance.

The supplement is ongoing and the editors have decided to open the thematic issue to other papers relevant to the theme, inviting authors of papers to submit them for consideration by the thematic issue.

Articles in the supplement:

Editorial (Gerald Bloom et al): Health system innovations: adapting to rapid change

Research (Linda Waldman et al): ‘We have the internet in our hands’: Bangladeshi college students’ use of ICTs for health information

Review (Gerald Bloom et al): ICTs and the challenge of health system transition in low and middle-income countries

Review (Lewis Husain): Policy experimentation and innovation as a response to complexity in China’s management of health reforms

Review (Fei Huang): Beyond pilotitis: taking digital health interventions to the national level in China and Uganda

Research (Hayley MacGregor et al): Scaling up ART adherence clubs in the public sector health system in the Western Cape, South Africa: a study of the institutionalisation of a pilot innovation

Review (Yue Xiao et al): Evaluation and learning in complex, rapidly changing health systems: China’s management of health sector reform