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.
Activities currently underway include:
The Private-Sector-in-Health Symposium 2018: The Private Sector TWG will organize the 4th Private Sector in Health (PSH) Symposium, alongside the main Health Systems conference in 2018 in Liverpool, UK. Activity lead: Phyllis Awor
Implementing improvement and innovation in health services and systems: The Private Sector TWG will explore the innovation landscape in the health sector and approaches that stimulate scale-up and social impact of health innovations. Activity leads: Priya Balasubramaniam and Desta Lakew
Regulation: The Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) PHC Private Sector Engagement Collaborative is working to develop new learning and guidance on private sector regulation in LMICs. The Private Sector Thematic Working Group members and its member networks will collaborate with JLN through a variety of ways. Activity lead: Cicely Thomas
Power, politics and accountability: In July 2017 the Institute of Development Studies will co-organise a major international workshop entitled “Unpicking power and politics for transformative change: towards accountability for health equity” with partners from the Unequal Voices Project and the Future Health Systems Consortium. Activity lead: Gerry Bloom
Informal providers: This sub-group will function as a platform for scientific advocacy, emphasising the need to deal with the challenges that informal providers represent, as well as a platform for building greater evidence on how these challenges might be met. Activity lead: Meenakshi Gautham
Read our Outline of current Private Sector in Health TWG group activities to find out more.
Publications and Resources
- Making MHealth work for all
- Summary of PSIH TWG Activities
- Regulating the for-profit private health sector: lessons from East and Southern Africa, Health Policy and Planning Supplement, March 2015
- Can mobile phone messages to drug sellers improve treatment of childhood diarrhoea?, Health Policy and Planning Supplement, March 2015
- Mortality outcomes in hospitals with public, private not-for-profit and private for-profit ownership in Chile 2001–2010, Health Policy and Planning Supplement , March 2015
- The quality of outpatient primary care in public and private sectors in Sri Lanka, Health Policy and Planning Supplement, March 2015
- Quality of inpatient care in public and private hospitals in Sri Lanka, Health Policy and Planning Supplement, March 2015
- Who serves the urban poor? A geospatial and descriptive analysis of health services in slum settlements in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Health Policy and Planning Supplement, March 2015
- Private sector participation in delivering tertiary health care: a dichotomy of access and affordability across two Indian states, Health Policy and Planning Supplement, March 2015
- A total market approach for condoms in Myanmar, Health Policy and Planning Supplement, March 2015
- An impact evaluation of medical insurance for poor in Georgia: preliminary results and policy implications, Health Policy and Planning Supplement , March 2015
- The role of the private sector in health systems, Health Policy and Planning Supplement , March 2015
- A fair fight against antimicrobial resistance, Blog, Project Syndicate
- Addressing resistance to antibiotics in pluralistic health systems, STEPS Centre Working Paper
Members can engage by:
Convening, sharing and discussing current research, new findings and their implications, new resources, and exchange learning from policy and implementation. Get in touch at email@example.com so we can circulate any relevant publications or other resources you would like us to share with the PSinHealth community(via our newsletter and other channels); or share directly on Twitter (@psinhealth).
You can find out more about some of the activities underway by reading the Summary of PSIH TWG Activities document in the resources list below, and get in touch with the activity leads to find out how you can get involved.
Please also feel free to suggest other activities you would like to lead. We do not have any resources to fund these activities, but we can ensure that they are integrated into our communications activities.