There is a growing realisation that citizens of many low and middle income countries rely heavily on private providers of drugs and medical advice. Nearly 60% of total health expenditure on health in low- and middle-income countries is private, rising above 80% in countries such as India, Pakistan, Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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 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.

The group has also participated in the Global Symposia on Health Systems Research. These symposia are organised by Health Systems Global to bring together its members with the full range of players involved in health systems and policy research. PSIH TWG is looking forward to the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, November 14-18, 2016 in Vancouver, on 'Resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world'.

The group is currently setting up sub-thematic working groups around the following themes:

  • Informal providers;
  • Private sector involvement in UHC;
  • Managing pluralistic health markets to tackle anti-microbial resistance;
  • Impact of private equity systems in LMICs;
  • Service provision in fragile states and conflict area

Join the Health Systems Global – Private Sector in Health group, hosted by the Health Systems Hub!

What is it and why should I join?
The Health Systems Hub hosts a “home” for all members of the Private Sector in Health Thematic Working Group to virtually convene and share and/or discuss the most recent research around:

  • The performance of non-state providers
  • The outcomes of different interventions to improve the performance of health markets in meeting the needs of the poor
  • Scaling up innovation in the private sector
  • Health-seeking behaviour in the private sector
Registered group members can share documents, photos, and other resources of interest to a large audience of policymakers, practitioners, donors and researchers involved in the private health sector. Members can additionally network, or “follow” other users, as well as send and receive private messages from fellow group members.

Registration to the Hub is free and open to all stakeholders interested in pluralist health systems.
To learn more or to join, please visit The Health Systems Hub.
For additional questions, feel free to email

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