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 three health systems focused Research Programme Consortia (RPC): Future Health SystemsReBUILD and RESYST 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 - 04 August 2016

Training Community Health Workers during Photovoice Research on Gender and Ethics in Health Systems | by Dr. David Musoke and Charles Ssemugabo, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda

This blog discusses the use of photovoice to explore issues related to gender and ethics within the health system in Uganda.

Blog - 05 July 2016

Strengthening efforts to achieve gender equity within global health leadership: Announcing the Women in Global Health and RinGs partnership | by WGH and RinGs

Within the post, RinGs introduces its partnership with Women in Global Health (WGH), explaining what WGH is, what it does, and what it aims to achieve.

Blog - 27 June 2016

Gender and Ethics at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research | by RinGs

RinGs’ is excited to announce its involvement at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, held in Vancouver from 14-18 November 2016. The symposium focuses on resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world.

Blog - 16 May 2016

Learning from struggles for social justice: launch of the Gender, Rights and Development (GRAND) network, 25th April, Edinburgh | by Rachel Tolhurst, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

In this blog post, Rachel Tolhurst discusses the launch of the GRAND Network and how intersectionality can be used in research.

Blog - 17 March 2016

Gender and eHealth in Kenya | by Doris Kirigia and Martin Njoroge, Kemri-Wellcome Trust, Kenya

The blog explores some of the key gender issues identified in a study on eHealth in Kenya.

RinGs is comprised of:

  • ReBuild Consortium
  • Future Health Systems