Future Health Systems members are excited to be contributing to the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, which will be held in Vancouver, Canada, from 14 to 18 November.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.
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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.
Announcing a new Coursera course on Systems thinking in public health, starting Monday February 15th, 2016.Read More
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.Read More
Future Health Systems researcher Nasreen Jessani from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health will be chairing a panel session at the Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health 2015, which is taking place in the Philppines on August 24 - 27.
The Panel is titled 'The network approach to strengthening health systems research capacity: experiences from the global South', and will be taking place on Wednesday, August 26th, from 16:30 - 17:45 in Meeting Room 4 at the Philippine International Convention Centre, Manila.Read More
FHS researchers Gerry Bloom and David Peters were intereviewed and have been quoted in a Special Report for The Lancet on July 25th, titled The World Bank Under Jim Kim and written by Sam Loewenberg.Read More
FHS Reseacher David Peters, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, presented on Strengthening Health Systems at the UK's Department for International Development. In his presentation David discusses how lesson learning from responses to the recent ebola outbreak in West Africa can strengthen health systems.Read More
Health systems are seen as a complex adaptive systems (CAS), with multiple actors and relationships operating in difficult and changing contexts, with many points of intervention, and numerous intended and unintended consequences that can improve or damage people’s health. Although CAS frameworks are increasingly recognized as relevant to understanding health systems, health systems researchers have to date not taken advantage of CAS research methods to inform interventions that will be effective on a large scale and in sustainable ways.
In June 2014, Future Health Systems (FHS) and the STEPS Centre (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) co-hosted a workshop exploring CAS approaches to health systems strengthening in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). FHS and STEPS are particularly concerned with policies, programs, and individual level interventions promote and protect people’s health and wellbeing, particularly vulnerable and disadvantaged populations.
The workshop was designed mainly to build capacity among both consortia on specific methods for working with and understanding CAS.Read More
Members of the FHS consortium launched a new open special issue in Globalization and Health on the Future of Health Markets today. The special issue follows from an ongoing strand of work in FHS and with partners on health markets, especially a meeting in Bellagio, Italy, in December 2012Read 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