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This document presents the key results of a recent research on the health care system of the Indian Sundarbans conducted by Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) in West Bengal, India based on a research grant awarded by the Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom to an International Research Programme Consortium (RPC) in which IIHMR is a partner. The consortium, titled as Future Health Systems: Innovations for Equity (FHS), will carry out innovative research programmes in six countries. The three basic themes of FHS can be summarized as follows:
- How can the poor be protected from the impoverishing impact of health-related shocks?
- What innovations with public and private health sector can work for the poor?
- How can policy and research processes be used to meet the needs of the poor?