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Global Health Initiatives and new development agendas


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

Future Health Systems

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.

Income growth in many low and middle income countries, combined with economic constraints in some donor countries, and emerging new development agendas has led to many global health initiatives - including Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) - reviewing their approaches to graduating or transitioning countries from development assistance. In the next five years it is anticipated that many middle income countries, and many geographical areas within low income countries will cease to receive support from these funders.

Dr Bennett will:

  • review transition policies across these Global Health Initiatives, and how they have evolved over time;
  • use a case study of Avahan, a large scale HIV/AIDS prevention project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in India that transitioned to local owners, to explore which factors need to be considered in assuring that programme transitions do not undermine sustainability;
  • conclude with a set of policy lessons and considerations regarding the likely implications of transition.

See Dr. Bennett's presentation below:

Read more about Dr Bennett and her colleagues work here.