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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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Global Health Initiatives and new development agendas

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On Tuesday 15 September 2015 at 1pm UK time at the Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK, Dr Sara Bennett, CEO of Future Health Systems and Associate Director of the Health Systems Program at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will give a seminar entitled: Ending aid while sustaining outcomes: Global Health Initiatives and new development agendas.

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A Fragile Existence: Lives of the Women and Children of the Indian Sundarbans. A Documentary Film & Photo Voice Collection

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The resilience of the poor communities of the Indian Sundarbans is challenged on daily basis by the ‘wicked’ problem of climatic shocks and poverty, which are exacerbated by a weak health system. No one is closer to this knife edge than the children and women of the Indian Sundarbans.

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Future Health Systems Young Researcher Awards

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Future Health Systems (FHS) offers a number of small grants ($7,000 to $10,000) for research projects submitted by junior staff or postgraduate students from FHS or Africa Hub partner institutions.

The awards aim to:

  • Support the development and implementation of innovative new research proposals that address research questions closely related to the themes of FHS;
  • Support the career development of particularly promising young faculty and post-graduate students across FHS partners;
  • Strengthen links between FHS partners;
  • Act as seed money stimulating further grant applications and the development of larger programmes of work.

In 2014, four young researchers were selected for these awards.

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Mrs. Jackline Chepchirchir Sitinei is an Assistant Lecturer in the Health Policy and Management Department at Moi University’s School of Public Health in Kenya, as well as a Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa PhD Fellow.  Her research project, based in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya, will explore the determinants of community participation in the governance of health facilities, including community perceptions of participation and the role of power dynamics.

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Mr. Francis Nzakimuena Zola is Academic Assistant in the Department of Management at University of Kinshasa’s School of Public Health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  His research project will draw from local experience with prepaid phone services in Kinshasa, in order to explore the feasibility of a prepaid scheme for community financing of health care services.

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Mr. Mohammed Shahnawaz is a Research Fellow at Indian Institute of Health Management Research in Jaipur, India.  He will 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.  This new technology comes in the form of a pendant, worn by children, and is designed to record vaccinations visually for mothers and electronically for health care providers.

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Mrs. Liu Tianyang is a Research Associate at the China National Health Development Research Center, in Beijing, China. Through this award, she will conduct a qualitative evaluation of the E-Health Disease Management System Model for elderly community residents, in cooperation with Sino Health Care, an NGO currently launching the “Care for the Elderly” project in Harbin and Beijing, China.

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সুন্দরবনের কথা বললেই মনে পড়ে বাঘের কথা , সুন্দরী গাছের ম্যানগ্রোভ জঙ্গলের কথা৷ তবে এই সুন্দরবনেই জলে কুমির আর ডাঙায় বাঘ নিয়ে ঘর করে প্রায় ৪ .৫ লক্ষ মানুষ৷ এক সুন্দরবনের মধ্যে আছে বহু সুন্দরবন , অর্থাত্ কলকাতার গা ঘেঁষে যে সুন্দরবন তার সঙ্গে জঙ্গলের ধারে বাস করা সুন্দরবনের মানুষের জীবনযাত্রা বা রোজকার সমস্যাগুলো কিন্ত্ত বিস্তর আলাদা৷

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National Health Insurance: struggling to be born

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South Africa’s bid to provide universal health care through National Health Insurance (NHI) could fail if government does not learn lessons from other countries, a conference heard last week.

More than 1,700 researchers from around the world met in Cape Town at the Third Global Symposium on Health Care Systems Research.

Local experts discussed a presentation from a three-year research programme (May 2011 to 2014) by the Health Inc consortium, based in the London School of Economics. The consortium includes the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Tata Institute of Social Science in Mumbai, the Institute of Public Health in Bangalore, the Centre for Research on Social Policies in Senegal and the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research in Ghana.

The data pointed to failures of national insurance schemes in Ghana, Senegal and India.

Health Inc’s research showed large portions of the population had been excluded from medical benefits for social, economic, political and cultural reasons.

In one province of India, where 6,000 households were eligible for the free insurance scheme, the system only delivered health care to 7.6% .

In another province 61% of 6040 households (81% of individuals) didn’t benefit from the scheme.

Particularly vulnerable to exclusion were households headed by women or the elderly and households in rural areas.

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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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FHS India presents initial findings from the forthcoming Sundarbans Health Watch

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To drum up support for the forthcoming Sundarbans Health Watch and to share findings with the stakeholders who inform Union Planning Commission directions on livelihood and health policies, FHS India presented their initial findings from a 2012 scoping study at a seminar at the end of November. The FHS panel session in the national seminar “Challenges of Livelihood and Inclusive Rural Development in the Era of Globalization”, organized by the A.K. Dasgupta Centre for Planning and Development, Department of Economics & Politics at the Visva-Bharati University, discussed the supply and demand axis in the study area with particular emphasis on role of rural medical practitioners (RMPs) and policy influence and research uptake (PIRU) issues.
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Depression in the delta: Women in the Sundarbans face serious mental health challenges

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FHS research indicates that cases of deliberate self harm among women in the Sundarbans have risen from 11 to 15 on average per month between 2001 and 2008. A recent article in the Hindu and written by Sharmista Chowdhury explores the important but complex issue of mental health among women in the Sundarbans. The article features several quotes and findings from recent FHS research in the area.
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