Register now, for a Webinar on Gender and Health Systems Financing, 1 July 2015

On 1st July 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM BST (GMT + 1 hour) the RinGs programme is hosting an open webinar on Gender and health systems financing. Full details can be found here. Registration is free, via this link.

The details below are from the RinGs website.

“There are many different mechanisms for generating health care revenue, each with implications for access and availability of care. However, as our review of the literature indicates, analyses of health care financing methods surprisingly pays little attention to how these financing reforms impact on the differential health needs of women and men.” Percival et al 2014

The push to include universal health coverage in the emerging Sustainable Development Goals has created renewed interest in how health systems are financed and how these allocations are distributed. Donors, activists, policy makers and academics are all concerned with ensuring that service users do not suffer financial hardship when accessing health care. But where is a gender analysis in all of this?

We know that health financing and reforms have gender implications, for example, in the budgets available for gender audits, the extent of financial protection for different groups, the availability of certain services, and the out-of-pocket expenditures of different groups. This webinar seeks to share information on the available evidence and highlight some of the information gaps. We hope it will stimulate a wider conversation among health sector stakeholders who are concerned with social justice. Please join our exciting panel to learn more and to have your say!


Rob Yates (Senior Fellow at Chatham House) will open the webinar with an overview of health financing and Universal Health Coverage.

Sophie Witter (Professor of International Health Financing and Health Systems at the Institute for International Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, working in the ReBUILD consortium) will set out some of the gendered questions related to health financing and the gaps in the health literature.

Veloshnee Govender (Researcher/lecturer at the Health Economics Unit at the University of Cape Town) will dig deeper into the literature to explore the gender and health implications of health financing reforms.

TK Sundari Ravindran (Professor at the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, India) will provide lessons on health sector reforms and gender from India, and give some lessons for Universal Health Coverage.

Sarah Ssali (Senior Lecturer, School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University, Uganda) will act as a discussant, commenting on the points made by the panellists, while drawing on her own experiences in relation to gender and health system financing.

RinGs is a collaborative programme between three DFID-funded Research Programme Consortia: ReBUILD, RESYST and Future Health Systems in a partnership to galvanise gender and ethics analysis in health systems.

Health systems research in fragile and conflict affected states: the webinar and beyond…

Building resilient and responsive health systems in fragile states and those recovering from conflict presents many challenges, one being the lack of evidence to guide efforts for health systems strengthening in such contexts. This was the subject of a lively interactive webinar on 27th May. The webinar was organised by the Thematic Working Group on Health Systems Research in Fragile and Conflict Affected States (TWG-FCAS) and hosted by Health Systems Global.

Over 50 participants joined the webinar. They heard Egbert Sondorp from the TWG-FCAS discussing some of the challenges of conducting relevant research in fragile settings, from the difficulties in defining research priorities, to the challenges of research uptake. This was followed by Aniek Woodward who presented on some of the findings of the recent TWG study on research needs for health systems research in FCAS. Two excellent and experienced panel members, Khalifa Elmusharaf and Nigel Pearson then gave their responses and expanded further on some of these research challenges and how they might be addressed.

It was then the turn of the webinar participants, many of them clearly highly experience in this field, who posted lots of challenging questions and comments, directly via the webinar and on Twitter, which the presenters and panelists responded to.

If you missed it, you can access the recording of the whole webinar here. You can also read an excellent blog on the event by Kate Hawkins, as well as a summary of the Twitter exchange that accompanied the webinar, under the #HSRFCAS tag.

Following on from the Group’s successful Tweetchat on health workforce strengthening in FCAS earlier this year, this webinar was another excellent forum for airing and discussing the issues around this really important and challenging area of health systems research. The TWG-FCAS will now include this excellent contribution of the participants and panellists as it moves forward with its work to promote research, policy and advocacy actions to contribute to the development and implementation of responsive and context-specific health systems in fragile and conflict-affected settings. The TWG’s support of the special issue of Conflict and Health – Filling the void: Health systems in fragile and conflict affected states, has already provided an accessible outlet for publishing some new and innovative research in this area, and the group is hoping further to expand the participation and scope of the discussions through its recent call for proposals to host meetings in locations beyond the normal conference and meeting circuit.

You can join the Thematic Working Group on Health Systems Research in Fragile and Conflict Affected States. And check back here soon for a video of Tim Martineau, Research Director at ReBUILD, talking about the development and the work of the TWG.