The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: The Private Sector's Role in Health

Strong health systems tend to involve both public and private actors, but some observers suggest that private participation does little to improve and, even, can worsen healthcare access. Others argue that, if armed with the appropriate information, policy makers can create incentives for the private sector to help meet the public’s overall health goals and complement public programs.

Panelists discussed fresh information and perspectives on the role now played by private sector actors and their potential value for national health systems with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. The presentations included the findings of in-country analyses of the private sector in health in 4 Sub Saharan African countries, World Bank-IFC methodologies for assessing the operating environment of the private health sector, and the donor role in supporting non-state actors in health care delivery.

The session featured:

  • Marty Makinen, Managing Director, Results for Development Institute
  • Connor P. Spreng, Economist, World Bank Group Investment Climate Department
  • Lily Dorment,  Associate, Rockefeller Foundation
  • Shyami DeSilva, Private Sector Advisor, Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau for Global Health, USAID
  • Moderated By: Gina Lagomarsino, Managing Director, Results for Development


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