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 - 22 June 2017

Evidence to accelerate progress toward meeting the need for family planning

Our colleague Sally Theobald will be presenting on building gender equitable health systems in post-conflict and crisis settings.

Blog - 29 May 2017

Webinar: Health Systems Research Ethics

Health systems research ethics is a relatively new and emerging field, with numerous normative and descriptive questions that have largely not been considered. This webinar will explore the ethical issues arising in health systems research projects which may be unique or nuanced relative to biomedical research.

Blog - 27 April 2017

Women & Global Health Leadership: Three things to consider | by Rosemary Morgan, Research in Gender and Ethics (RinGs): Building Stronger Health Systems, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

This blog discusses key themes that emerged during a session on women and global health leadership at the recent Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference.

Blog - 05 April 2017

Emerging issues related to gender and community health workers | by Kate Hawkins, Sally Theobald, Rosie Steege, Maryse Kok, Mohsin Sidat, Kingsley Chikaphupha, Ralalicia Limato, Hermen Ormel, Daniel Gemechu Datiko, Robinson Karuga

To celebrate International Women’s Day the REACHOUT Consortium held a symposium in Nairobi on “women in the changing world of work”. This symposium grew out of a recognition that the sex of the Community Health Worker (CHW) influences their interaction with the health system.

Blog - 22 March 2017

Evaluating public/community engagement: Implications for gender and ethics in health systems research | by Sassy Molyneux, Kemri-Wellcome Trust, Kenya

In this post, Sassy Molyneux discusses issues related to community engagement evaluation relevant for health policy and systems researchers interested in gender and ethics.

RinGs is comprised of:

  • ReBuild Consortium
  • Future Health Systems