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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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BMC Health Services Research publishes supplement on UCC

Future Health Systems

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:

Sharing lessons from the MANIFEST study in Uganda

Future Health Systems

The Maternal and Neonatal Implementation for Equitable Systems (MANIFEST) study was a 4-year study (2012-2015) in which FHS partner the Makerere University School of Public Health worked with the districts of Kamuli, Kibuku and Pallisa with the aim of contributing to the reduction of maternal and neonatal deaths through the use of a participatory action research approach.

To share the lessons learnt from this study, MANIFEST recently produced some new issues of their briefing series as well as a documentary, 'The Winds of Change'. The briefing papers include:

The 'Winds of Change' documentary captures the views and lessons as seen in the eyes of the implementers, participants, and the evidence. Watch the full film below:

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

Future Health Systems

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

FHS Uganda Study Attracts Health Ministry’s Attention

Future Health Systems

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.

Candid talk plays critical role in fighting teenage pregnancy

Future Health Systems

According to the Uganda State of the Population Report (USPR) 2013, a 24 per cent teenage pregnancy rate among adolescents in a population of 35.4 million people should worry the Government of Uganda. In this commentary for the Daily Monitor in Uganda, Ayub Kakaire Kirunda asks: What can we do to stop the high number of teenage pregnancies in our community? 

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