RinGs brings together well established health systems research partnerships and networks through four Research Programme Consortia. Drawing on their strengths we will develop research on gender, ethics and health systems and to learn and share with other critical stakeholders from around the world.


RESYST is working in India, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand and Vietnam. In 2012, RESYST members had over 40 meetings with in-country policy makers. At the national-level this includes staff working at the Ministry of Health, in particular those involved in health financing, human resources and governance issues. Other government staff, for example in Departments of Finance are also a primary audience for the research. At the sub-national district and hospital managers, as well as primary care facility managers and health workers are the targets of their work. They also engage at international level. Members of RESYST already have strong ties with academic institutions and research networks and are involved in coordinating EQUINET and the Global Network for Health Equity (HEU), the African Health Economics and Policy Association (University of Nigeria), and the Asia-Pacific Observatory on Health Policies and Systems (Thailand).

Future Health Systems

Working across India, Bangladesh, Uganda, Afghanistan and China, Future Health links with a range of health systems influencers at sub-national, national and international levels. Because of their focus on linking communities, innovations and service delivery, including through health markets, they provides entry points to networks and coalitions of private sector and non-state actors as well as more traditional audiences for this type of research. Future Health Systems runs two learning platforms; one which engages USA stakeholders, the DC Health Systems Board, and an Africa Hub which is a coalition of seven schools of public health in Eastern Africa looking to strengthen capacity for health systems research.

ReBUILD Consortium

ReBUILD engages with decision makers who are working to build health systems in post-conflict settings. In Cambodia the team is active in networks within the Ministry of Health and are utilising their existing connections with advisors in health financing and human resources for health at Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the World Health Organization to encourage research uptake. In Zimbabwe, collaborations with key government departments in the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare and other Ministries, such as the Department of Social Welfare; local government; and the University of Zimbabwe- College of Health Sciences characterize the spread of the networks that can be called on. In Uganda, the team has strong Ministry of Health relationships and is also focused on those government bodies with responsibility for the North of the country. In Sierra Leone, the ReBUILD team has good relationships with a number of policy makers and representatives at the Ministry of Health and parliament. At international level ReBUILD has relationships with bodies like the Health in Fragile States Network which will provide an opportunity to extend our reach beyond their focus countries.


COMDIS-HSD works closely with ministries of health, policymakers and partner NGOs in Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Swaziland to design and carry out research that gives decision-makers the evidence they need to improve the way they deliver health services to their populations. It undertakes research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of TB, malaria, and HIV/AIDS, within primary care and community settings, focusing on making care effective and more acceptable to patients, families and communities. COMDIS-HSD uses an embedded approach to build strong collaborations with universities, national NGOs and government agencies, which ensures longevity in all of their partnerships.

RinGs is comprised of:

  • ReBuild Consortium
  • Future Health Systems