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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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Bangladesh: Delivering for Success at Scale

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Bangladesh: Role of Knowledge and Partnership in the Delivery of Development Success, a three day conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 17 to 19 September 2016, will build on the longstanding partnership between BRAC, ICDDR,B and the Institute of Development Studies to explore the role of knowledge in the conceptualisation, design, delivery and management of development programmes and policies.

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Strengthening public health practice to achieve the SDGs

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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. The conference was supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, and the Future Health Systems consortium.

This meeting aimed to help Ministries of Health, NGOs, and development partners around the world put into practice the World Health Assembly Resolution 69.1 which was unanimously agreed to in May 2016. This resolution calls for Member States and international organisations to work on ways to improve performance of Essential Public Health Functions at national, state and local level.

The meeting developed case studies, tools and instruments and updated performance measurement approaches to align with a continuous quality improvement approach that emphasizes empowering local communities to act on health problems. The meeting shared best practices and protocols for supportive supervision to sustain highly effective public health practice in health systems.

The participants have also produced a YouTube playlist of lectures and a curated library of documentation of practical experience, checklists, and measurement methods, which you can view below.

Meeting attendees included representatives from institutions such as the WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USAID, International Association of National Public Health Institutes, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (FioCruz), and Makerere University. Officials from Ministries of Health of Mozambique, India, Sri Lanka, and Qatar also attended. 

A White Paper offering a blueprint for use by public health agencies, ministries, development partners, and practitioners with guidance on strengthening public health practice will be released shortly. 

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Image credit: Johns Hopkins University

Event: Social Accountability from Health Systems Strengthening to the SDGs

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Social accountability has received increasing attention in both health and other sectors of development through increasingly rigorous evaluations, case studies, review of the evidence, and calls to action. The evidence so far is mixed, but also complex to establish and interpret.

With a relative abundance of tools and approaches around, what have we learned about not just ‘what works’ in social accountability but what it takes for it to work, and how much it can accomplish in terms of performance of and equity in the health system?

The DC Health Systems Board is holding a meeting on February 8, 2017 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST in Washington DC, to bring together notable contributors to the field who will present what we know about both the potential and the requirements of social accountability efforts, including for health systems strengthening. We will then look across other sectors and engage participants in a dialogue about how to move forward meaningfully.

Welcome: Robert Clay, Director of the Department of Global Health, Save the Children

Speakers:

  • Jonathan Fox, American University
  • Lara Ho, International Rescue Committee
  • Abhijit Das, COPASAH
  • Anna Wetterberg, RTI
  • Helen Mwale, Save the Children Malawi

Moderator: Eric Sarriot, Save the Children

Find out more and register here

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:

How has FHS contributed to change?

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Throughout its two phases, FHS has undertaken research and capacity building initiatives with the aim of contributing to improved access, affordability and quality of health services for poor people.

FHS is pleased to announce a new series - Stories of Change - which shares stories that seek to demonstrate FHS’ contribution to informing processes of change at global, national and sub-national level.

You can now read our first six Stories of Change, with more on the way!


Image: Pallisa District Mentor Charles Otukor goes through the action points from a previous mentorship session with midwives at Pallisa Hospital.

WEBINAR: How can participatory engagement of stakeholders unveil health system complexities?

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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.

Panelists:

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 (ekky@musph.ac.ug)

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 (martin.reynolds@open.ac.uk)

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 (dpeters@jhu.edu)
Moderator:

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 (lpaina@jhu.edu)

Organizers:
HSG SHAPES TWG - Systems Thinking and complexity cluster and HSG Teaching and Learning HPSR TWG

How to join:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3882196714455898116
Twitter Hashtag: #engagingstakeholders


Sharing lessons from the MANIFEST study in Uganda

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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:

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:

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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