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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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FHS at the IDS 50th Anniversary Conference, 5-6 July 2016

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As the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) turns 50 and development moves into a new era, IDS is inviting leading scholars, policymakers and practitioners to participate in a two day conference States, markets and society in a reconfigured world: Defining a new era for development on 5-6 July 2016 to debate the challenges and implications.

Future Health Systems will be hosting a panel session:

Beyond 'Public' and 'Private' in Health Systems
This panel will explore the changing relationships between government, markets and social organisations in the health systems of low- and middle-income countries. It will explore the realities of the pluralistic systems that have emerged with a wide variety of actors providing health services and drugs in terms of their ownership, level of skill and relationship to the regulatory system. The panel will focus on strategies for improving the performance of pluralistic health systems in providing access to safe and effective health services and on innovative partnerships that have emerged.

Chair: Gerry Bloom, IDS

David Peters, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, USA
Lewis Husain, Associate Researcher, IDS
Anu Joshi, IDS
Bruno Meessen, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium

Follow the build-up and join the debate on Twitter using #IDS_50

For more information about the IDS 50th Anniversary conference see

Bangladesh: Role of Knowledge and Partnership in the Delivery of Development Success

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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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FHS at DFID RPC Meeting in East Kilbride

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Future Health Systems joined other UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded health Research Programme Consortia (RPCs) at the DFID office in East Kilbride, Scotland, on 6th May 2016 to share highlights from work over the last five years and discuss experiences and learning. It was a great opportunity to catch-up with colleagues from other RPCs, and there was much excitement about the news that the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research will take place in the UK in 2018.

FHS prepared a short video, featuring FHS CEO, Sara Bennett, to highlight some of the headlines from FHS activities during its second phase.

Liverpool to Host Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

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Health Systems Global (HSG) has chosen Liverpool as the host city for its fifth global symposium on health systems research in 2018. The winning bid was put forward by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) in close cooperation with a consortium of UK institutions, including FHS partner the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), among others.

Around 2,000 delegates are expected to attend the five day symposium on October 7, 2018, at the waterfront venue, home to BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena and Exhibition Centre Liverpool.

George Gotsadze, executive director of Health Systems Global, congratulated the team on behalf of the Board of Health Systems Global which is made up of key researchers and experts from across the globe. “Liverpool’s winning bid was exceptionally strong and we are looking forward to working closely with LSTM and partners as we prepare this event over the coming years.”


FHS Researcher made Chair of The Alliance Board

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We are pleased to announce that FHS Research Director, Professor David Peters of Johns Hopkins University (JHU), has become the new Chair of Board for The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research. David Peters has served on the Alliance Board for three years and has collaborated with the Alliance in editing the last Flagship Report on Essential Medicines and on the Implementation Research Guide.

Supporting childhood vaccination in Rajastan through digital necklace

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FHS Young Researcher awardee, Mohammed Shahnawaz (Research Fellow at Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR)), has been using his award to assess whether a “near field communication” chip-based mobile phone application for the remote, real-time monitoring of immunisation progress contributes to immunisation adherence, coverage, and resource conservation in rural Udaipur, Rajastan.

Via a project called Khushi Baby, this new technology comes in the form of a pendant on a necklace, similar to the traditional black thread with amulets worn by children in the area to ward off disease. The pendant contains a chip which stores the vaccine history of each child and can be scanned by health care workers to quickly obtain and update the child’s vaccination records. This data is stored in a cloud and can also be accessed by the Ministry of Health and other health officials.

BBC News has recently written a news story about this innovative project, which hopes to expand their coverage over the next year to up to 4,000 children across 100 villages.

EVENT: Health Systems: What's Gender Got to Do with It? - Feb 15th 13:00 GMT

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Monday 15 February 2016 13:00 to 14:30 GMT, Room 121 at the Institute of Development Studies, UK

Health systems are not gender neutral; gender is a key social stratifier, which affects health system needs, experiences, and outcomes. Yet, health systems research (HSR) often fails to sufficiently consider gender as a social relation.

Building on and presenting the work of “Research in Gender and Ethics: Building Stronger Health Systems” (RinGs), Rosemary Morgan - Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland with the RinGs project - will explore why it is important to consider gender within health systems and health systems research. The session will include an interactive creative communications exercise to highlight the significance of gender within health systems.

All welcome!