The Private Sector in Health

This 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.

Aims and activities of the TWG

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 healthcare from private providers, the performance of private providers, the outcomes of regulatory interventions and the political economy of pluralistic health systems.

The Private Sector Thematic Working Group encourages research that generates knowledge on these and other topics and provides opportunities for researchers, policymakers and practitioners to engage in policy debates.

The group has organised 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.

Group facilitators

  • Gerry Bloom

    Facilitator of Thematic Working Group
  • Birger Carl Forsberg

    Facilitator of Thematic Working Group
  • Gina Lagomarsino

    Facilitator of Thematic Working Group

Publications and Resources

Get involved

Members can engage by:

  • Convening, sharing and discussing current research, new findings and their implications, new resources, and exchange learning from policy and implementation on the TWG’s home online on the HANSHEP Health Systems Hub: http://healthsystemshub.org/groups/16. 

  • Joining a (or several) sub-thematic working group(s).

The private sector in health TWG is currently setting up sub-thematic working groups around the following themes:

  • Transport, logistics and social enterprises;

  • Informal providers;

  • Managing pluralistic health markets to tackle anti-microbial resistance;

  • Possible others including: Role of the private sector in innovation diffusion; Clinical networks – private and public actors working across organisational boundaries to achieve universal coverage and  better health outcomes; Research Based Activities on Private Sector Involvement in UHC; Health and Microfinance Integration; and Health service provision in fragile states and conflict areas. 

Join our group