The Makerere University School of Public Health, has spent the last two years developing a community scorecard for Kibuku district in Uganda. Recent coverage on Ugandan television has highlighted the intervention’s contribution to improvements in maternal and newborn health service delivery, bolstered by the strength of partnerships with community members and officials at local and national levels.Read More
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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FHS partner Makerere University School of Public Health is undertaking a Community Score Cards study, which is contributing to research on how leaders can work with the community and health workers to improve maternal and newborn health in Kibuku District. The use of the Community Score Card tool – a two-way and ongoing participatory tool for assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation - aims to improve the performance of facilities and accountability by the different stakeholders who are responsible for improving the performance of facilities.
We are pleased to share two new films, produced by MakSPH, highlighting the research undertaken in Kibuku using the Community Score Card tool.Read More
Health Policy and Planning has launched a new supplement examining gender across a range of health policy and systems contexts, from access to services, governance, health financing, and human resources for health. Spearheaded by Research in Gender and Ethics: Building Stronger Health Systems (RinGs), this supplement includes articles which draw upon research from the three Research Programme Consortia (RPC) which RinGs brings together: Future Health Systems, ReBUILD and RESYST.Read More
WEBINAR: How can “learning-by-doing” help to improve the delivery of health services, and reach poor and marginalised people?
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.Read More
A new collection of research articles in the journal Global Health Action shares findings from the Maternal and Neonatal Implementation for Equitable Systems (MANIFEST) study in Uganda, led by the Makerere University School of Public Health in Kampala. The team, who are partners in Future Health Systems, used a participatory action research approach to engage different actors to improve maternal and neonatal health outcomes in the districts of Pallisa, Kibuku and Kamuli, in eastern Uganda.Read More
Future Health Systems research in Bangladesh and Uganda is assessing how community empowerment strategies can affect service delivery and community capabilities. In Uganda, FHS partner, Makerere University School of Public Health, has partnered with Kibuku District in Eastern Uganda to develop and test a community and facility score card for maternal and newborn health service delivery. The feasibility study aims at identifying facilitators, barriers and factors that could influence implementation, institutionalization and scale-up of community and facility score cards in Uganda.Read More
Makerere University School of Public Health under the stewardship of the SPEED Project is pleased to announce the Symposium on Health Financing for Universal Health Coverage in Low and Middle Income Countries, which will be taking place in Kampala, Uganda from 16 - 18 August, 2017.
The theme of the Symposium is 'Financing for Universal Health Coverage More money for health AND more health for the money', with the folloowing sub-themes:
- Ensuring financial risk protection using public funds
- Risk sharing and pooling of funds through insurance
- Leveraging health benefits from investment in other sectors
- Strategic purchasing and results based financing
- Global health initiatives and innovative financing approaches
Deadline for Early Bird abstract submissions is 14 May, 2017, and Late Breaker Submissions are due 27 May, 2017. Registration opens on 15 May, 2017. For further information, please visit the Symposium website.
Identifying who various stakeholders are and engaging them in health policy and systems research and implementation is key for better understanding complex health system behavior. This webinar introduces you to a couple of tools and approaches that promote the application of systems thinking through the participatory engagement of stakeholders. In addition, our panelists will reflect on the current landscape of teaching health policy and systems research and the implications for teaching participatory engagement. Our discussion will focus on practical implications of engaging stakeholders in health policy and systems research.
Dr. Elizabeth Ekirapa, Lecturer - Department of Health Policy Planning and Management, Makerere University School of Public Health; Uganda team lead from the Future Health Systems Research Consortium (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Martin Reynolds, Senior Lecturer in Systems Thinking and the Lead for postgraduate program in Systems Thinking in Practice - Department of Engineering and Innovation, The Open University (email@example.com)
Dr. David Peters, Professor - Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health; Co-facilitator of the Health Systems Global Technical Working Group on Teaching and Learning Health Policy and Systems Research; Research Director of the Future Health Systems Research Consortium (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Ligia Paina, Assistant Scientist - Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health; co-lead of the complexity science and systems thinking cluster; Member of the Future Health Systems Research Consortium (email@example.com)
How to join:
Twitter Hashtag: #engagingstakeholders
The Maternal and Neonatal Implementation for Equitable Systems (MANIFEST) study was a 4-year study (2012-2015) in which FHS partner the Makerere University School of Public Health worked with the districts of Kamuli, Kibuku and Pallisa with the aim of contributing to the reduction of maternal and neonatal deaths through the use of a participatory action research approach.
To share the lessons learnt from this study, MANIFEST recently produced some new issues of their briefing series as well as a documentary, 'The Winds of Change'. The briefing papers include:
- MANIFEST Research Brief: Improving maternal and newborn health outcomes in Kamuli, Kibuku and Pallisa Districts in Eastern Uganda
- MANIFEST Issue Brief 2: Focussed Consistent Supportive Supervision Improves Management and Performance at Facility Level
- MANIFEST Issue Brief 3: Professionalizing the Cadre of Facility Health Managers
- MANIFEST Issue Brief 4: Good Practices for District Health Teams to Improve Quality of Service Delivery: Lessons from MANIFEST
- MANIFEST Issue Brief 5: Mentorship Contributes to Quality Improvement in Maternal and Newborn Care, Health Worker Motivation
- MANIFEST Issue Brief 6: Health Workers Recognition as a tool for Increasing Motivation
- MANIFEST Issue Brief 7: Using integrated strategies can help improve knowledge of maternal & newborn danger signs and service utilization
- MANIFEST Issue Brief 8: Supporting Local Saving groups improves financial management and their savings
- MANIFEST Issue Brief 9: What a highly effective VHT for maternal and newborn health looks like
The 'Winds of Change' documentary captures the views and lessons as seen in the eyes of the implementers, participants, and the evidence. Watch the full film below:
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.Read More