Future Health Systems Research Programme Consortium

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.

Future Health Systems - Innovations for equity

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 the UK Department of International Development (DFID).

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Future Health Systems Research Programme Consortium

Future Health Systems is a research consortium working to improve access, affordability and quality of health services for the poor. More details

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This is the front cover to IDS Rapid Response Briefing 16, 'What Does the End of Africa's Boom Mean for Universal Health Coveage?'

What Does the End of Africa's Boom Mean for Universal Health Coverage?

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 16 (2017)

Achieving universal health coverage by 2030, as stated in UN Global Goal 3, will require substantial increases in health spending and the proportion funded through taxation or social insurance to make health care affordable for all. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Health Systems Research in a Complex and Rapidly Changing Context: Ethical Implications of Major Health Systems Change at Scale

Developing World Bioethics 16.3 (2016)

This paper discusses health policy and systems research in complex and rapidly changing contexts. It focuses on ethical issues at stake for researchers working with government policy makers to provide evidence to inform major health systems change at scale, particularly when the dynamic nature of the context and ongoing challenges to the health system can result in unpredictable outcomes. More details

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Unlocking Community Capability: Key to More Responsive, Resilient and Equitable Health Systems

Future Health Systems Key Message Brief 3 (2016)

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. More details

IDS publications on international development research

How Can Research Programme Consortia Contribute to Capacity Development in Low and Middle Income Countries?

Key Message Brief 2 (2016)

Capacity in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to conduct and apply evidence from health systems research is limited due to historically low investment in the field, fragmented funding with a predominance of very small scale grants, a lack of systematic approaches to capacity development, and limited direct investment in capacity development for health systems research. More details

IDS publications on international development research

How Learning-By-Doing Can Help Cut Through Complexity in Health Service Delivery

Key Message Brief 1 (2016)

There is no single solution for successfully scaling-up key interventions and reaching the poor. Implementation research, using tools and approaches that are inclusive, participatory, and flexible, is essential for “learning-by-doing” to understand what works best in a particular context. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Control in China: Progress and Challenges

Infectious Diseases of Poverty 5.9 (2016)

Along with the on-going Chinese health system reform, sustained government financing and social health protection schemes will be critical to ensure universal access to appropriate TB treatment in order to reduce risk of developing MDR-TB and systematic MDR-TB treatment and management. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Disparity in Reimbursement For Tuberculosis Care Among Different Health Insurance Schemes: Evidence From Three Counties in Central China

Infectious Diseases of Poverty 5.7 (2016)

Health inequity is an important issue all around the world. The Chinese basic medical security system comprises three major insurance schemes. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the disparity in reimbursements for tuberculosis (TB) care among these schemes. More details

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Non-Medical Financial Burden in Tuberculosis Care: A Cross-Sectional Survey in Rural China

Infectious Diseases of Poverty 5.5 (2016)

Treatment of tuberculosis (TB) in China is partially covered by national programs and health insurance schemes, though TB patients often face considerable medical expenditures. In this article we aim to evaluate the non-medical costs induced by seeking TB care using data from a large scale cross-sectional survey. More details

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Factors that Determine Catastrophic Expenditure for Tuberculosis Care: A Patient Survey in China

Infectious Diseases of Poverty 5.6 (2016)

Tuberculosis (TB) often causes catastrophic economic effects on both the individual suffering the disease and their households. This paper aims to assess the incidence, intensity and determinants of catastrophic health expenditure (CHE) relating to TB care in China. More details

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Addressing Resistance to Antibiotics in Pluralist Health Systems

There is growing international concern about the threat to public health of the emergence and spread of bacteria resistant to existing antibiotics. An effective response must invest in both the development of new drugs and measures to slow the emergence of resistance. This paper addresses the former. More details

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Building a Resilient Health System: Lessons from Northern Nigeria

IDS Working Paper 454 (2015)

The overarching aim of this paper is to address the issue of building resilient health systems in the context of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa which has brought renewed attention to this challenge. The paper highlights insight gained from two decades work creating resilient health systems in Nigeria—in Northern Nigeria in particular. More details

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Strengthening Health Systems for Resilience

IDS Practice Paper in Brief 18 (2015)

In countries with high levels of poverty or instability and with poor health system management and governance, people are highly vulnerable to shocks associated with ill health, including major epidemics. More details

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Future Health Systems: Why Future? Why Now?

Social Science and Medicine 66.10 (2008)