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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
NEW SUPPLEMENT: Engaging Stakeholders in Implementation Research: tools, approaches, and lessons learned from application
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.Read More
Health Policy and Planning has launched a new supplement examining gender across a range of health policy and systems contexts, from access to services, governance, health financing, and human resources for health. Spearheaded by Research in Gender and Ethics: Building Stronger Health Systems (RinGs), this supplement includes articles which draw upon research from the three Research Programme Consortia (RPC) which RinGs brings together: Future Health Systems, ReBUILD and RESYST.Read More
WEBINAR: How can “learning-by-doing” help to improve the delivery of health services, and reach poor and marginalised people?
This Future Health Systems webinar sees the launch of a new journal supplement entitled Engaging stakeholders in implementation research: lessons from the Future Health Systems Research Program experience. During the webinar, Future Health Systems members will share, reflect and compare their experiences of learning through many years of interaction with diverse health systems actors in different settings.Read More
WEBINAR: Quality improvement that works: mentoring, supervision and involving the community. Lessons from the Maternal and Neonatal Implementation for Equitable Systems project in Uganda
Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 8am EST, noon GMT, 2pm CEST, 3pm EAT and 5:30pm IST (duration: 1 hour)
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The Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal and Newborn Health (Quality of Care Network), is organizing a webinar to share some of the lessons from the Maternal and Neonatal Implementation for Equitable Systems (MANIFEST) project which the Makerere University School of Public Health ran in 2012-2015. The study was conducted in three districts in Eastern Uganda to help reduce maternal and neonatal deaths through the use of a participatory action research approach.
The speaker, Dr Suzanne Kiwanuka will explain how this approach involved communities, district and facility management simultaneously. She will highlight how mentoring and supervising quality improvement teams were key in seeing quality improvement take hold in a facility. Dr Kiwanuka will present some of the outcomes of the project in specific health facilities. She will emphasize the importance of continuity of supervisory teams, the use of action plans and the importance of focused mentoring sessions for quality improvement.
The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session.
Presenter: Dr. Suzanne Kiwanuka, is a Senior Lecturer at Makerere University School of Public Health Kampala Uganda and a health systems and policy expert with interest in human resource policy and practice, maternal and newborn health and knowledge translation.
Who should join: Health practitioners and managers.
This is a webinar in the special country highlights series of the Quality of Care Network. For more information about the series on capacity building for improving quality of care in health facilities click here.
A new collection of research articles in the journal Global Health Action shares findings from the Maternal and Neonatal Implementation for Equitable Systems (MANIFEST) study in Uganda, led by the Makerere University School of Public Health in Kampala. The team, who are partners in Future Health Systems, used a participatory action research approach to engage different actors to improve maternal and neonatal health outcomes in the districts of Pallisa, Kibuku and Kamuli, in eastern Uganda.Read More
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.Read More
Future Health Systems research in Bangladesh and Uganda is assessing how community empowerment strategies can affect service delivery and community capabilities. In Uganda, FHS partner, Makerere University School of Public Health, has partnered with Kibuku District in Eastern Uganda to develop and test a community and facility score card for maternal and newborn health service delivery. The feasibility study aims at identifying facilitators, barriers and factors that could influence implementation, institutionalization and scale-up of community and facility score cards in Uganda.Read More
Join us for the live WHO launch of the Bellagio White Paper - Public Health Performance Strengthening at Districts: Rationale and Blueprint for Action.
Monday, July 3, 2017 12:00 pm, Europe Summer TimeRead More