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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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Coverage of the Innovations for Universal Health Coverage Conclave

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The Innovations for UHC Conclave, organised by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Amref Health Africa, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), NITI Aayog, and Health Systems Global (HSG) took place on June 11th and 12th in Bangalore, India. The event brought together technology innovators, investors, government officials, public and private sector health service providers from India and Africa to share insights and strategies on ways to leverage the transformational potential of health innovations and accelerate progress towards achieving UHC in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) in Asia and Africa.

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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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Leveraging the transformational potential of health innovations for UHC

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A large number of technological innovations aimed at addressing different health-related problems have emerged in recent years. How can we leverage the transformational potential of these innovations and accelerate progress towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in low and middle-income countries in Asia and Africa? This is the question at the core of the Innovations for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) event taking place in Bangalore, India, on 11 – 12 June.

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MEETING: Learning by doing: how to engage with stakeholders in implementation research?

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A “learning-by-doing” approach, using tools and techniques that are inclusive, participatory, and flexible, can help engagement and learning in different contexts to improve the delivery of health services.

This DC Health Systems Board event will bring together researchers and practitioners to share their experiences of engaging and working alongside service providers, beneficiaries, officials, and other local stakeholders through implementation research, and to discuss tools that can support such processes.

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NEW SUPPLEMENT: Engaging Stakeholders in Implementation Research: tools, approaches, and lessons learned from application

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FHS is pleased to announce the publication of a new BMC Health Research Policy and Systems supplement , titled Engaging Stakeholders in Implementation Research: tools, approaches, and lessons learned from application.

Implementation research and the engagement of stakeholders in such research have become increasingly prominent in finding ways to design, conduct, expand and sustain effective and equitable health policies, programmes and related interventions. 

The articles in this supplement examine some of the tools and approaches used to facilitate stakeholder engagement in implementation research, and describe learning from the experience of the Future Health Systems (FHS) Research Programme Consortium.

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BMC Health Services Research publishes supplement on UCC

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Communities are more than a geographic location; they are a site of struggle and also a dynamic engine of change. Unlocking their capabilities to strengthen health systems requires understanding and adapting to local context, engaging a diversity of actors and working with the productive tensions inherent to collective action.

BMC Health Services Research has recently published a Supplement on Unlocking community capabilities across health systems across low and middle income countries - edited by Asha S. George, Kerry Scott, Eric Sarriot, Barun Kanjilal and David H. Peters. This supplement draws on extensive Future Health Systems research and experience in unlocking community capabilities to strengthen health systems in low- and middle-income countries.

Articles in the suplpement inlcude:

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.