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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 IDS Bulletin on 'Accountability for Health Equity: Galvanising a Movement for Universal Health Coverage'

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FHS is pleased to announce the publication of the IDS Bulletin on ‘Accountability for Health Equity: Galvanising a Movement for Universal Health Coverage.

In July 2017, FHS partnered with the Institute of Development Studies, Health Systems Global, Unequal Voices, the Open Society Foundations and the Impact initiative to organise a workshop on ‘Unpicking Power and Politics for Transformative Change: Towards Accountability for Health Equity’, with the aim of generating dialogue and mutual learning among activists, researchers, policymakers, and funders working towards more equitable health systems and a commitment to Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The IDS Bulletin is based around three principal themes that emerged from the workshop.

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Towards accountability for health equity: galvanising a movement for UHC

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In May 2018, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK, in collaboration with Future Health Systems, the Impact Initiative, the Open Society Foundations, and Unequal Voices, will publish a new edition of the IDS Bulletin focusing on ‘Accountability for Health Equity’, which places relationships of power at the centre of our understanding of how health systems function – or don’t – for all levels of society.

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

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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.

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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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NEW SUPPLEMENT: Leaving no one behind: the role of gender analyses in strengthening health systems

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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. 

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New Global Health Action supplement sharing MANIFEST findings

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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.

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FHS partners meet to discuss work on health systems accountability, resilience and equity

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On 17-18 July 2017, FHS partners met at the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, UK, to take forward work on deepening equity analysis; extending primary research on community empowerment strategies; and applying FHS learning to strengthen health system resilience.

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Researching strategies to empower communities to strengthen local health service accountability

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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.

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White Paper: Public health performance strengthening at districts

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From 21-25 November 2016, 20 public health experts, including FHS researcher David Bishai from Johns Hopkins University, met in Bellagio, Italy to develop a way forward to assist countries strengthen public health practice as a way to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. You can find out more about it in our news item about the meeting.

The proceedings from the conference are documented in this recently published White Paper, titled 'Public Health Performance Strengthening at Districts: Rationale and Blueprint for Action'. This white paper provides guidance on strengthening public health practice, and can be used by public health agencies, ministries, development partners, and practitioners.


Image credit: Johns Hopkins University