There is an urgent need to build systematic knowledge about health-seeking behaviour, the performance of non-state providers and the outcomes of different interventions to improve the performance of health markets in meeting the needs of the poor.
The Private Sector in Health is a Health Systems Global thematic working group. Historically, the group has organised biennial symposia in advance of the International Health Economics Association world congress. These symposia bring together researchers, implementers, donors and policy makers for dialogue and discussion. It is an unparalleled opportunity to hear the best and most recent research and to network with colleagues from around the world.
In addition to the symposia, in the first half of 2013, members of the Scientific Advisory Committee organised a series of webinars. These served as a good introduction to the core themes in the run up to the symposium in Sydney.