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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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NEW SUPPLEMENT: Innovation in health systems in low- and middle-income countries

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FHS is pleased to announce the publication of a new supplement in BMC Globalization and Health, titled Innovation in health systems in low- and middle-income countries. There is a growing interest in new technologies and innovative organizational arrangements as a means to improve a health system’s performance. However, only a small proportion of the many investments in innovations have been shown to have an impact on health system performance at scale. The papers in this series, published in Globalization and Health, analyze the factors that enable and constrain the emergence and diffusion of health system innovations. They bring alternative perspectives to this issue, based on diverse local contexts and different types of innovation. The aim is to provide a stronger basis for the formulation of strategies for managing health system change in low- and middle-income countries.

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MEETING: Learning by doing: how to engage with stakeholders in implementation research?

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A “learning-by-doing” approach, using tools and techniques that are inclusive, participatory, and flexible, can help engagement and learning in different contexts to improve the delivery of health services.

This DC Health Systems Board event will bring together researchers and practitioners to share their experiences of engaging and working alongside service providers, beneficiaries, officials, and other local stakeholders through implementation research, and to discuss tools that can support such processes.

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NEW SUPPLEMENT: Engaging Stakeholders in Implementation Research: tools, approaches, and lessons learned from application

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FHS is pleased to announce the publication of a new BMC Health Research Policy and Systems supplement , titled Engaging Stakeholders in Implementation Research: tools, approaches, and lessons learned from application.

Implementation research and the engagement of stakeholders in such research have become increasingly prominent in finding ways to design, conduct, expand and sustain effective and equitable health policies, programmes and related interventions. 

The articles in this supplement examine some of the tools and approaches used to facilitate stakeholder engagement in implementation research, and describe learning from the experience of the Future Health Systems (FHS) Research Programme Consortium.

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FHS partners meet to discuss work on health systems accountability, resilience and equity

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On 17-18 July 2017, FHS partners met at the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, UK, to take forward work on deepening equity analysis; extending primary research on community empowerment strategies; and applying FHS learning to strengthen health system resilience.

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BMC Health Services Research publishes supplement on UCC

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Communities are more than a geographic location; they are a site of struggle and also a dynamic engine of change. Unlocking their capabilities to strengthen health systems requires understanding and adapting to local context, engaging a diversity of actors and working with the productive tensions inherent to collective action.

BMC Health Services Research has recently published a Supplement on Unlocking community capabilities across health systems across low and middle income countries - edited by Asha S. George, Kerry Scott, Eric Sarriot, Barun Kanjilal and David H. Peters. This supplement draws on extensive Future Health Systems research and experience in unlocking community capabilities to strengthen health systems in low- and middle-income countries.

Articles in the suplpement inlcude:

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

FHS China launch research project on payment system reform at the county level

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On 25 March, the China National Health Development Research Center (CNHDRC) hosted a seminar to mark the launch of an FHS research project examining the impact of payment system reform on the delivery of health care services in rural healthcare facilities in China. The seminar took place in Yubei county, Chongqing city. Over 40 delegates attended the meeting, including a number of local and national government officials and grassroots policy makers.

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