Gender-sensitive health policy is a feature of international commitments and consensus documents and national-level normative statements and implementation guidance in many countries. However, there are gaps in our knowledge about how gender and ethics interface with health systems.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development, this exciting new initiative brings together four health systems focused Research Programme Consortia (RPC): Future Health SystemsReBUILDRESYST and COMDIS-HSD in a partnership to galvanise gender and ethics analysis in health systems.

RinGs is working to understand and encourage, a gendered approach to the study of care-seeking; financing and contracting; governance; and human resources.

Over the coming years we will be:

  • Synthesising the evidence base. This will provide tools, case studies and guidelines on gender, ethics and health systems for researchers and decision makers and set the terms of a future research agenda.

  • Stimulating new research. Through small grants aimed explicitly at RPC partners and affiliates.

  • Encouraging mutual learning and research uptake. A learning platform will support grantees, RPC members and a wider stakeholder group (policy makers, implementers and advocates) to share and support one another in defining, conducting and applying this research. Dialogue will engage with research findings and encourage its use in policy and practice.

RinGs wants to ensure that new approaches get translated into action. We support embedded approaches; analysis that is relevant and owned by local actors. Intersectionality is central to our work. Gender intersects with other axes of inequality, such as age, ethnicity, class, poverty, geography, (dis)ability and sexuality. In addressing power relations and social exclusion we also call attention to ethics in health systems research, policy and practice. 

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Latest news and blogs

Blog - 18 July 2018

A reflection on gender issues across programmes in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Democratic Republic of Congo | by Georgina Zawolo

The findings of the ReBUILD/RinGs Community Health Worker (CHW) project were shared and discussed at a one-day dissemination meeting in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The research, used a gender lens to try to identify how CHW cadres in Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo can be better supported to play an effective and long-term role in broader health systems in fragile contexts. During each country’s presentation sensitive issues surrounding gender surfaced and are reflected on here.

Blog - 13 June 2018

The vulnerability and health research paradox: Ethics, gender, trust and power | by Sassy Molyneux and Sally Theobald

We were delighted to be part of a rich set of discussions on vulnerability, agency and resilience in a meeting organised by REACH in Oxford in May.

Blog - 07 June 2018

Integrating gender into health system strengthening in conflict and crisis-affected settings; what’s in our toolkit?

REGISTER FOR WEBINAR! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3855812847389709827 Friday 22 June 14.00 – 15.30:30 BST

Blog - 22 May 2018

Recognising and celebrating women who work on health in fragile and conflict affected contexts | by Sally Theobald and Kate Hawkins

The global health world does not do a good job of celebrating woman leaders. In their excellent Lancet article Rosemary Morgan and colleagues explained that of seven public health and medicine awards from diverse countries, the chances of a woman receiving a prize was nine out of 100 since their inception.

Blog - 16 May 2018

Exploring experiences of women with disabilities living in poverty with pro-poor health financing policies in Kenya | by Evelyn Kabia

Evelyn Kabia is a recipient of a RinG’s small research grant. She works at the KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP), in Nairobi, Kenya and is a member of the RESYST consortium. Evelyn is working on a project which aims to examine the equity and pro-poorness of Universal Health Coverage reforms in Kenya. In this blog, she discusses how she became interested in incorporating a gender lens in her research work.

RinGs is comprised of:

  • ReBuild Consortium
  • Future Health Systems