Private Healthcare in Developing Countries
Private Sector Health Services
In developing countries and areas of limited healthcare access, private providers act on the front line and are often the only form of healthcare available. Although the private sector plays an increasingly important role in healthcare in developing countries, it remains a new area of study and innovation. As governments of developing countries fall short of providing widespread access to care, and traditional charity-focused NGOs offer limited or temporary solutions, the private sector presents an opportunity for sustainable scale-up of healthcare services alongside social and economic development. Included in the scope of private sector agencies are both for-profit private providers, and NGOs that apply market-based approaches to service delivery.
The aim of this website is to present a brief and up-to-date review of the pertinent issues in private sector healthcare delivery. This work is not biased by outside funding sources or agendas, and the content is intended not only to serve as a resource, but also as a springboard for sharing information. Welcome.
Private sector topics are organized into two major categories: Service Delivery and Disease. Within this framework this site presents topics related to the delivery of private sector health services and goods in general, and disease-specific private sector services, respectively. For each topic, we provide a summary review of the issues at hand, current programs and approaches, and links to additional resources. The Resources page presents links organized according to topic area.
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Data on private general outpatient pediatric care are online here.
Data on private family planning care are online here.
Data on private ARI care is here.
Data on private pneumonia care is here.
All data at the links above is shown both by country and region, with source of care analyzed by wealth quintile. This work was supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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A maternal health voucher scheme in Bangladesh increases facility-based child delivery.
An evaluation of a voucher program to increase diptheria, tetanus, and pertussis immunization coverage in Karachi, Pakistan.
An analysis of three case studies of contraceptive social marketing in Pakistan.
An evaluation of two programs in southeastern Tanzania that aim to increase public understanding of malaria and increase access to malaria treatment through the private sector.
Two separate studies compare medicine prices between the public and private sectors in Brazil and Africa.
7/1/10 - CHMI, a project of Results for Development, is a “global knowledge platform that collects, analyzes, and disseminates information about Health Market Innovations. The newly launched website provides information on 400+ programs in over 100 countries.
5/01/10 - TDRnews reports on increases in immunization rates, bed-net usage, and skilled birth attendance in Rwanda, thanks inpart to community based-health insurance.
5/01/10 - An online community of practice for Social Franchising stakeholders was launched at www.sf4health.org. Also available at the site are case studies of social franchise programs and a Compendium of 40 social franchise programs around the world, with data on services, volumes, & funding.
4/30/10 - The Global Health Council and Results for Development (R4D) convened a session on the positive and negative aspects of the private sector in mixed health systems in the developing world. A blog report of the session is available online from R4D alongside presentations delivered by several panelists including representatives from the World Bank and USAID.
3/31/10 - Output-Based Aid: Lessons Learned and Best Practices, a new World Bank report, details the experience of over 200 output-based aid projects across six sectors.The health section details World Bank projects including: a reproductive health voucher programs in Uganda, a new public-private partnership hospital in Lesotho, and a maternal and child health insurance scheme in Argentina. The report additionally provides a information on the funding, targeting, performance risk, and monitoring of different output- based aid projects. Link