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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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Reforming health systems in Asia - the view from Singapore

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It's a balmy 30 degrees in Singapore, where a number of members of the Future Health Systems consortium are gearing up for the second Health Systems Reform in Asia conference. The conference was co-organised by Gerry Bloom, an FHS researcher -- and many of the themes and issues that FHS focuses on will be discussed throughout the next few days. We will be livetweeting (follow us on @futurehealthsys or follow the event on #healthsysasia) and blogging throughout.

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Understanding the Bangladesh 'health miracle'

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Last Thursday, FHS partner icddr,b in collaboration with brac and The Lancet launched a six-part special investigation into the health landscape in Bangladesh. The series explores how a country with low spending on health care, a weak health system, and widespread poverty has managed to make some exceptional health gains over the last two decades -- for example in the survival of infants and children under five years of age, life expectancy, immunisation coverage, and tuberculosis control.

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MakSPH joins hands with Uganda’s Health ministry to hold symposium on teenage pregnancy

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When the Future Health Systems team at the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) approached Uganda’s Ministry of Health, with an idea of a symposium as part of the activities to commemorate the safe motherhood month held every year in October, it was not clear what to expect. But bingo, the idea was taken on board, seeing the United Nations Population Fund, the World Health Organisation, and Marie Stopes Uganda become co sponsors with MakSPH for the event now being planned to be held annually.

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First Sundarbans Health Watch asks 'How healthy are the children of the Indian Sundarbans?'

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On 1 August 2013, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and media represnetatives gathered to gain a better understanding of the key trends in child health in the Sundarbans region of West Bengal, India. In addition to presenting findings from the first Sundarbans Health Watch, various local and international NGOs -- such as Terre des Hommes, Child in Need, CRY, Save the Children and the Riddhi Foundation -- discussed their current activities in the region.

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Private Sector in Health Symposium Review

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The beginning of July marked the Third Private Sector in Health Symposium in Sydney, Australia. The one-day event has taken place before the biannual International Health Economics Association World Congress since 2009. Although a broad scientific committee oversees the stewardship of the Symposium, the organisational roles rotate among members of the Scientific Committee. For this Symposium, Future Health Systems partners at the Institute of Development Studies and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shared the responsibility.

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FHS to co-organise ResUp MeetUp Symposium and Training Exchange

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In early November 2013, the ResUp MeetUp will convene in Nairobi, Kenya, for a Symposium and Training Exchange. The aim of the Symposium is to explore emerging issues within and develop a deeper understanding of the evolving concept of ‘research uptake. It will likely include a mix of individual presentations, focused discussions, participatory debates, and keynote speeches. The Training Exchange will centre around a range of skills associated with research uptake activities. The training sessions will vary in duration, and attendees will be able to choose which sessions to attend. The trainings will be provided by a mix of relevant individuals or organisations for a set fee of ' training tokens'. Tokens can either be earned through delivering a training (which is why it is considered a training exchange!) or purchased for US$25 each. The initiative sprang from the policy influence and research uptake (PIRU) strand of work within the Future Health Systems consortium.

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FHS China launch research project on payment system reform at the county level

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On 25 March, the China National Health Development Research Center (CNHDRC) hosted a seminar to mark the launch of an FHS research project examining the impact of payment system reform on the delivery of health care services in rural healthcare facilities in China. The seminar took place in Yubei county, Chongqing city. Over 40 delegates attended the meeting, including a number of local and national government officials and grassroots policy makers.

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The complexities of tackling malaria in Nigeria

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A recent article on AllAfrica.com interviewed an FHS researcher in Nigeria, Dr Oladimeji Oladepo, about how the Nigerian health system has responded to the challenges of malaria. Despite the fact that ACTs (or artemisinin combined therapy) are much more effective in fighting the straines of malaria most prevalent in Nigeria, Dr Oladepo notes that sales of chloroquine remain more common -- especially among patent medicine vendors.
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New FHS-led webinar - Shaping the future of health markets

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The Future Health Systems consortium is pleased to be convening the next webinar in the series, 'Shaping the future of health markets: Reflections from Bellagio'. The webinar will take place on 7 March 2013 at 07:30EST/12:30GMT/18:00IST and will be chaired by FHS CEO Dr Sara Bennett. The webinar will first present landscaping reviews undertaken by members of the Future Health Systems consortium along three health market themes: regulation, networks, and learning. Key recommendations outlined in the Bellagio Statement on the Future of Health Markets will also be addressed. This will be followed by reactions from a variety of stakeholders -- from small business leaders, to private sector giants, health funders, and government representatives -- some of whom participated in the meeting in Bellagio.
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Deadline approaching to submit abstracts to the Private Sector in Health Symposium

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The deadline for submitting abstracts to the upcoming Private Sector in Health Sympsium is just over two weeks away, 22 January 2013. The one-day symposium wil take place before the iHEA World Congress in Sydney, Australia on 6 July 2013. The symposium 'will be a dialogue between researchers, implementers, donors, and policy makers with the goal of moving forward discussions on the performance of health markets in low- and middle-income countries and of interventions aimed at improving this performance.' Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words, and should fall under at least one of the key thematic areas for the symposium.
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