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 - 27 September 2016

Why are maternal health outcomes worse for migrant women in Masindi, Uganda? | by Richard Mangwi Ayiasi, Alice Jean Mangwi, Ann Kiiza, Christopher Garimoi Orach - Makerere University, School of Public Health

This blog post discusses barriers to internal migrant’s access and utilisation of maternal and new born care services in Masindi, Uganda.

Blog - 21 September 2016

Mainstreaming gender into PMTCT guidelines in Tanzania | by Tumaini Nyamhanga, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania

This blog explores the gender content of key PMTCT policy documents and discusses how this area could be strengthened.

Blog - 19 September 2016

Strengthening male involvement in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Enugu State, Nigeria | by Nkoli Ezumah, Chinyere Mbachu,Obinna Onwujekwe, Ifeanyi Chikezie, Ogo Ibe, Patricia Uju Agbawodikeizu & Kingsley Amadi, Health Policy Research Group, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria

This blog explores the extent of male involvement in PMTCT in Enugu state, Nigeria and its effects on women’s access to and use of PMTCT services.

Blog - 14 September 2016

Gender analysis of family care for the elderly: evidence from Beijing, China | by Dr Hao Xiaoning and Liu Tianyang, China National Health Development Research Center

This blog discusses differences in receiving family care among the elderly in China.

Blog - 13 September 2016

Male involvement in the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF/KfW) prepaid insurance card for pregnant women in Pangani District, Tanzania | by Tani Kassimu, August Kuwawenaruwa, Jitihada Baraka, Fatuma Manzi, – IFAKARA Health Institute, Tanzania

This blog discusses factors associated with male involvement in access and use of health services in Tanzania and identifies strategies that can be used to increase male involvement.

RinGs is comprised of:

  • ReBuild Consortium
  • Future Health Systems