Celebrating Health Systems Heroes

Published on 4 April 2016

Future Health Systems is excited to announce its Health Systems Heroes initiative, which highlights the work of individuals who have led or contributed positive change within a health system.

Health System Heroes exemplify the factors that Future Health Systems believes are crucial to the success of a health system, namely:

  • Unlocking community capabilities – actors who have played a critical role in identifying or harnessing community level resources in order to benefit the health system, or alternatively people who are community members who have contributed to the strengthening of health systems in a significant way.
  • Learning by doing – individuals who have used evidence and data in their day-to-day work to make decisions, or strengthen implementation processes, that have in turn strengthened the health system or expanded service coverage, particularly for vulnerable populations.
  • Innovation – people who have sought to bring innovation, either technical or organisational into the health system, and spread this innovation across the system.

Future Health Systems is a research consortium working to improve access, affordability and quality of health services for the poor. It is a partnership of leading research institutes (including the Institute of Development Studies) 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.

Health Systems Heroes will be launched at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Vancouver from 14 to 18 November 2016. Please do come and see us at our booth in the Symposium marketplace to learn more.

In the lead up to the Symposium we will be previewing the Heroes via the FHS website and social media.

Key contacts

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Tom Barker

Senior Health & Nutrition Convenor


+44 (0)1273 915717


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