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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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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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WEBINAR: How can “learning-by-doing” help to improve the delivery of health services, and reach poor and marginalised people?

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This Future Health Systems webinar sees the launch of a new journal supplement entitled Engaging stakeholders in implementation research: lessons from the Future Health Systems Research Program experience. During the webinar, Future Health Systems members will share, reflect and compare their experiences of learning through many years of interaction with diverse health systems actors in different settings.

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FHS meets to reflect, plan and welcome new partners

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The Future Health Systems consortium came together 18-22 July for its annual meeting. The Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex hosted our research partners for a delightful, and eventful, meeting in Brighton, UK. The focus of the meeting was two-fold: to reflect and summarize work to-date on FHS and to make concrete plans for new work. 

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FHS at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, 14-18 November 2016

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Future Health Systems members are excited to be contributing to the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, which will be held in Vancouver, Canada, from 14 to 18 November.

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Supporting childhood vaccination in Rajastan through digital necklace

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FHS Young Researcher awardee, Mohammed Shahnawaz (Research Fellow at Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR)), has been using his award to assess whether a “near field communication” chip-based mobile phone application for the remote, real-time monitoring of immunisation progress contributes to immunisation adherence, coverage, and resource conservation in rural Udaipur, Rajastan.

Via a project called Khushi Baby, this new technology comes in the form of a pendant on a necklace, similar to the traditional black thread with amulets worn by children in the area to ward off disease. The pendant contains a chip which stores the vaccine history of each child and can be scanned by health care workers to quickly obtain and update the child’s vaccination records. This data is stored in a cloud and can also be accessed by the Ministry of Health and other health officials.

BBC News has recently written a news story about this innovative project, which hopes to expand their coverage over the next year to up to 4,000 children across 100 villages.

A Fragile Existence: Lives of the Women and Children of the Indian Sundarbans. A Documentary Film & Photo Voice Collection

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The resilience of the poor communities of the Indian Sundarbans is challenged on daily basis by the ‘wicked’ problem of climatic shocks and poverty, which are exacerbated by a weak health system. No one is closer to this knife edge than the children and women of the Indian Sundarbans.

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IIHMR University course now available in an e-textbook format

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The Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) University's course on "Climate Change , Society and Health", has now been converted into an e-textbook and it is now available on the ARCADE website. This work has been done through the ARCADE project, with significant contributions from Fututre Health Systems (FHS) colleague, Upasona Ghosh, along with Professor Kanjailal. 

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