RinGs will focus on three main areas: synthesising research on gender, ethics and health systems; coordinating research projects through a small grants programme; and running a learning platform to encourage mutual learning and the use of evidence.  See below for a list of our past and ongoing projects.

Small Grants Programme

RinGs recently held a competitive call among our three RPCs – Future Health SystemsReBUILD and RESYST – to submit proposals for small research grants on gender, ethics and health systems issues relevant to low and middle-income countries (LMICs).  

Visit our blog to learn more about the small grants programme and the ten recipients. The grantees have also been highlighted in a series of blog posts.


Synthesising Research                   

To help set the agenda for future work RinGs is carrying out scoping reviews which synthesise current thinking and gaps with regards to gender and ethical analysis in core areas of health systems research. These reviews will help set a gender, ethics and health systems research agenda which will also be shaped by policy and practitioner interaction and feedback. To make our findings as useful as possible we will communicate them in a variety of formats which suit the needs of researchers, policy makers and practitioners. Click on the links below to read our resources on UHC, mHealth, and Ebola.


Learning Platform

RinGs is establishing a learning platform. Initially this will be focused on project partners and affiliates and provide a space for grantees to learn together. However, it is hoped that over time this learning platform develops into a peer network of researchers, policy makers and practitioners that will motivate, deepen understanding and share experience regarding gender, ethics and health systems research across low- and middle-income contexts. Through this platform we will strengthen efforts within each project partner, as well as contributing to health systems research more broadly.

As part of the learning platform we have created a Linkedin gender and health/ health systems group. The group is for anyone interested in the role of gender in health and health systems research, policy, or programmes, and is a place to share resources, discuss important topics, and network. 


Panel at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

We were delighted to host a panel at the Health Systems Global conference in Cape Town. "New frontiers in advancing gender analysis in health systems research: context embedded approaches; intersectionality; and engagement with power and ethics".  The panel showcased and elicited interest in methodological approaches that expand gender in health systems research beyond conventional efforts that focus narrowly on women or disaggregate data by sex.  

Presentations illustrated three approaches that advance gender analysis in HSR: context embedded research (gender relations in the context of voucher programs in Uganda and HIV vulnerability in Malawian fishing communities); intersectionality (the interplay of gender, age, poverty and education in shaping access to Indian maternal health schemes and use of ICT in Bangladesh); and gender, power and ethics (participatory research in Kenya).

To view the presentations please visit our resources page. You can also read Kate Hawkin's reflections on the panel on our blog.


Photo Competition

We held a photo competition to capture the everyday stories of the ways that gender and ethics plays out within health systems around the world. The winning entry and honorable mentions were exhibited at the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research and will be used to illustrate our website, and in other published materials with full credit to the photographer.

The winning entry and honorable mentions are showcased on our blog.  For more information about the photo competition read a commentary by Asha George, which provides an excellent overview of the photos received and the issues and themes they represented, or a commentary by Kate Hawkins which discusses the use of social media to advertise the photo competition and the issues which can arise.

RinGs is comprised of:

  • ReBuild Consortium
  • Future Health Systems