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.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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More