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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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WEBINAR: How can participatory engagement of stakeholders unveil health system complexities?

Future Health Systems

Identifying who various stakeholders are and engaging them in health policy and systems research and implementation is key for better understanding complex health system behavior. This webinar introduces you to a couple of tools and approaches that promote the application of systems thinking through the participatory engagement of stakeholders. In addition, our panelists will reflect on the current landscape of teaching health policy and systems research and the implications for teaching participatory engagement. Our discussion will focus on practical implications of engaging stakeholders in health policy and systems research.


Dr. Elizabeth Ekirapa, Lecturer - Department of Health Policy Planning and Management, Makerere University School of Public Health; Uganda team lead from the Future Health Systems Research Consortium (

Dr. Martin Reynolds, Senior Lecturer in Systems Thinking and the Lead for postgraduate program in Systems Thinking in Practice - Department of Engineering and Innovation, The Open University (

Dr. David Peters, Professor - Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health; Co-facilitator of the Health Systems Global Technical Working Group on Teaching and Learning Health Policy and Systems Research; Research Director of the Future Health Systems Research Consortium (

Dr. Ligia Paina, Assistant Scientist - Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health; co-lead of the complexity science and systems thinking cluster; Member of the Future Health Systems Research Consortium (

HSG SHAPES TWG - Systems Thinking and complexity cluster and HSG Teaching and Learning HPSR TWG

How to join:
Twitter Hashtag: #engagingstakeholders

FHS at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, 14-18 November 2016

Future Health Systems

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.

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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

Live-streamed panel session 20th October, 12.00 BST: Gender and health systems in post-conflict settings

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ReBUILD and RinGs are hosting an event in Liverpool on October 20th from 12pm - 1:30pm BST to launch the Building Back Better report and a new online resource. This meeting will also be an opportunity to find out more about post-conflict health systems reconstruction in Mozambique, Northern Uganda, Timor Leste and Sierra Leone and discuss the implications of reconstruction in these countries for other settings. The new set of resources will be available via the ReBUILD and RinGs websites immediately after the launch event.

The event will be live-streamed via this link (using password 'Gallery') so that you can still follow the presentations and discussions from anywhere in the world.

Speakers are:

  • Welcome - Sally Theobald, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK
  • Introduction to ReBUILD and the broader programme of work – Tim Martineau, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK
  • Overview of Building Back Better, including the publications, briefs and website – Val Percival, Carleton University, Canada
  • Perspective from Sierra Leone – Haja Wurie, College of Medicine and Applied Health Sciences, Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • Perspectives from Northern Uganda – Sarah Ssali, Department of Women & Gender Studies, Makerere University, Uganda and Justine Namakula, Department of Public Health, Makerere University, Uganda
  • Equity challenges in health systems in post conflict contexts: Tim Ensor, Director, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Response from panel: Tulip Mazunda, BBC Foreign Correspondent and Alvaro Alonso-Garbayo, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK

    Photo courtesy of Steve Evans

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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Future Health Systems at Forum 2015

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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.

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FHS Uganda Study Attracts Health Ministry’s Attention

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Preliminary lessons from the Maternal and Neonatal Implementation for Equitable Systems Study (MANIFEST) being implemented by the Makerere University School of Public Health in eastern Uganda have started attracting attention from the country’s Health ministry.

This was manifested this month when the FHS Uganda Team Leader Dr Elizabeth Ekirapa-Kiracho presented early implementation lessons from the study to the ministry’s maternal and child health technical working group.

Reacting to the presentation, ministry officials requested the study team to furnish them with the challenges that community health workers, also known as Village Health Teams (VHTs), are finding with the registers which complements the health management information system data.

In her presentation, Dr Ekirapa-Kiracho, said MANIFEST had observed that the VHT register was complicated and needed to be simplified, given the low level of education for most of the community health workers.

FHS and STEPS co-host workshop on complex adaptive systems

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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.

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