The Private Sector in Health (PSIH) Thematic Working Group examines the growing role of the non-state sector in delivering health care to people in developing countries and the related challenges and opportunities.
The non-state sector plays a significant role in delivering health care to people in developing countries. This poses significant challenges and opportunities in terms of the safety, effectiveness and cost of health services. There is a need to build systematic knowledge about patient demand for health care from private providers, the performance of private providers, the outcomes of regulatory interventions and the political economy of pluralistic health systems.
To encourage research that generates knowledge on these and other topics and provides opportunities for researchers, policymakers and practitioners to engage in policy debates.
The PSIH TWG has organized biennial symposia and webinars, has its own email newsletter, and its members have contributed to a number of journal collections on the role of the private sector in health. Recent activities include:
- Mutual learning series: This is a mutual learning series on ‘Unlocking Private Enterprise for Public Good – Redesigning Mixed Health Systems for UHC during Covid-19 and Beyond’, with six roundtable discussions, which took place in 2020. It aims to identify ways that health systems research can help both governments and the private sector build health system capacity during the Covid-19 crisis, and also ensure that lessons learned during this emergency sustain and contribute to strengthening future health systems and achieving universal health coverage. The conclusions and recommendations were presented at HSR2020 in January 2021. A key outcome will be a collaborative platform on mixed health systems. Lead: Priya Balasubramaniam.
- HSR2020: The PSIH TWG organised a HSR2020 TWG Organized Session on ‘Developing a Private Sector research agenda’ on 13 January 2021. On 2 Feb Priya Balasubramaniam and Desta Lakew participated in a #HSR2020 Twitter Live Conversation on ‘What have we learnt about health innovation and private-public partnerships in their response to the global pandemic?’. We also organised a TWG Business Meeting on 27 January.
- Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC): The PSIH TWG will communicate and coordinate with Amref Health Africa and hosting partners to align relevant PSIH plans and activities with the AHAIC 2021 communications and engagement strategy. This could include organization of one or more panels to discuss evidence arising from monitoring, evaluation and research. AHAIC will take place in Kigali in March 2021. Lead: Desta Lakew.