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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 films on Community Score Cards from Uganda

Future Health Systems

FHS partner Makerere University School of Public Health is undertaking a Community Score Cards study, which is contributing to research on how leaders can work with the community and health workers to improve maternal and newborn health in Kibuku District. The use of the Community Score Card tool – a two-way and ongoing participatory tool for assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation - aims to improve the performance of facilities and accountability by the different stakeholders who are responsible for improving the performance of facilities.

We are pleased to share two new films, produced by MakSPH, highlighting the research undertaken in Kibuku using the Community Score Card tool.

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How has FHS contributed to change?

Future Health Systems

Throughout its two phases, FHS has undertaken research and capacity building initiatives with the aim of contributing to improved access, affordability and quality of health services for poor people.

FHS is pleased to announce a new series - Stories of Change - which shares stories that seek to demonstrate FHS’ contribution to informing processes of change at global, national and sub-national level.

You can now read our first six Stories of Change, with more on the way!

Image: Pallisa District Mentor Charles Otukor goes through the action points from a previous mentorship session with midwives at Pallisa Hospital.

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

Future Health Systems

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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Buzzfeed: A new home for research?

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When the Policy Influence and Research Uptake team for FHS first outlined its strategy, it enumerated a number of key principles that underpinned our work. One of them was 'being there'. 

On the web, this has also meant finding new ways of engaging users with our content. At the beginning of the consortium, that meant building up our social media presence on TwitterFacebook, and GooglePlus -- just to name a few. It also meant adding our referenced work to relevant Wikipedia articles, for example maternal health in Uganda.

But, as the online world continues to change, so must we. One of the more popular websites these days is Buzzfeed. And in the interest of experimentation, we've been repurposing some of our content for that site.

"'Being there':

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Picturing gender, ethics and health systems: A competition for photographers

Future Health Systems

The aim of this competition is to capture the everyday stories of the ways that gender plays out within health systems around the world. The winning entry will be exhibited at the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, and be used to illustrate our website, and in other published materials with full credit to the photographer.


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FHS to co-organise ResUp MeetUp Symposium and Training Exchange

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In early November 2013, the ResUp MeetUp will convene in Nairobi, Kenya, for a Symposium and Training Exchange. The aim of the Symposium is to explore emerging issues within and develop a deeper understanding of the evolving concept of ‘research uptake. It will likely include a mix of individual presentations, focused discussions, participatory debates, and keynote speeches. The Training Exchange will centre around a range of skills associated with research uptake activities. The training sessions will vary in duration, and attendees will be able to choose which sessions to attend. The trainings will be provided by a mix of relevant individuals or organisations for a set fee of ' training tokens'. Tokens can either be earned through delivering a training (which is why it is considered a training exchange!) or purchased for US$25 each. The initiative sprang from the policy influence and research uptake (PIRU) strand of work within the Future Health Systems consortium.

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