The World Health Organization’s (WHO) strategy report outlines six critical governance behaviors for private sector health service delivery within mixed health systems:
1. Build understanding – Collection and analysis of data to align priorities for action.
2. Foster relations – Working together to achieve shared objectives in a new way of doing business.
3. Enable stakeholders – Institutional framework that empowers actors.
4. Align structures – Organizational structures to align with policy objectives.
5. Nurture trust – Mutual trust amongst all actors as reliable participants.
6. Deliver strategy – Agreed sense of direction and articulation of roles and responsibilities.
Over the next five years, the USAID Frontier Health Markets (FHM) Engage project will work with partners to realize these behaviors at the country level by addressing the market environment in which the private sector operates. The market environment heavily influences both the supply and the demand of health services, products, and information. FHM Engage will implement a “market facilitation approach” to catalyze and expand the private sector’s role within in the market environment. External (FHM Engage?) facilitators, or change agents, implement this flexible approach by coaching market actors, including public sector, private sector, communities, and development partners to define local problems, including the root causes of health system underperformance and disfunction.
AHB curated the Africa Health Business Symposium (AHBS) under the theme: The role of the private sector in advancing women’s health in Africa with the objective to prioritise, explore and strengthen the role of the private sector in advancing women’s health on the continent.
Learn more at: www.africahealthbusiness.com