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This section of the website provides further reading for people who would like to read more about the role of the private sector in health. 

How can we best work with for-profit drug vendors for better health care?

  • Blog: How can we best work with for-profit drug vendors for better health care? Birger Forsberg At the 11th World Congress in Health Economics in Milan Jenny Liu from University of California San Francisco and I, both active in the Health Systems Global Thematic ...
    Posted Aug 6, 2015, 7:05 AM by Karine Gatellier
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Addressing Resistance To Antibiotics In Pluralistic Health Systems

  • Blog: A Fair Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance Gerald BloomExisting anti-microbial drugs are becoming ineffective. If current trends continue, we could end up reliving conditions before the discovery of antibiotics, when infectious diseases were major killers ...
    Posted Apr 23, 2015, 7:53 AM by Karine Gatellier
  • Working Paper: Addressing Resistance To Antibiotics In Pluralistic Health Systems Gerald Bloom, Annie Wilkinson, Göran Tomson, Phyllis Awor, Xiulan Zhang, Syed Masud Ahmed Wasif Ali Khan, Victoria Blessing, Li Wang, Xiaoyun Liang, Stefan Peterson There is growing international concern about ...
    Posted Apr 23, 2015, 7:51 AM by Karine Gatellier
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2015 Supplement in Health Policy and Planning

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2014 Supplement in Health Policy and Planning

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2014 Open Collection in Globalization and Health

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  • The future of health markets Sara Bennett, Gerald Bloom, Jeffrey Knezovich, David H PetersThis editorial introduces a new open collection in Globalization and Health on the topic of the future of health markets. In ...
    Posted Jul 18, 2014, 9:13 AM by Jeff Knezovich
  • Private sector, for-profit health providers in low and middle income countries: can they reach the poor at scale? Elizabeth Tung, Sara BennettBackgroundThe bottom of the pyramid concept suggests that profit can be made in providing goods and services to poor people, when high volume is combined ...
    Posted Jul 18, 2014, 9:11 AM by Jeff Knezovich
  • Innovation in regulation of rapidly changing health markets Gerald Bloom, Spencer Henson, David H PetersThe rapid evolution and spread of health markets across low and middle-income countries (LMICs) has contributed to a significant increase in the ...
    Posted Jul 18, 2014, 9:09 AM by Jeff Knezovich
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2011 Supplement in Health Policy and Planning

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Useful Resources


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Private Healthcare in Developing Countries The purpose of this site is to supplement existing resources with objective, current, and comprehensive coverage of topics relating to private sector health services in developing countries. The resources pages of this site provide an introduction and overview of the topic. 
Nossal Institute for Global Health Nossal supports improvements in the health of vulnerable communities in partnership, through research, education and inclusive development practice. They focus on priority areas in Asia-Pacific and Southern Africa, with most work taking place in India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Papua New Guinea and Mozambique. 
Center for Health Market Innovations The Center for Health Market Innovations promotes policies and practices that improve privately delivered health care for the poor in low and middle income countries. It was founded in 2010 and operates through a global network of partners. The Center for Health Market Innovations is managed by the Results for Development Institute. 
Future Health Systems Future Health Systems is a research consortium working to improve access, affordability and quality of health services for the poor. They are a partnership of leading research institutes from across the globe working in a variety of contexts: in low-income countries (Bangladesh, Uganda), middle-income countries (China, India) and fragile states (Afghanistan) to build resilient health systems for the future. Their website has an extensive list of resources on health markets. 
SHOPS The Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project is USAID's flagship initiative in private sector health. It works to involve nongovernmental organizations and for-profit entities in addressing the many health needs of people in developing countries. SHOPS focuses on increasing availability, improving quality, and expanding coverage of essential health products and services in family planning and reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, and other health areas through the private sector. Abt Associates leads the SHOPS team, which includes five partners: Banyan Global, Jhpiego, Marie Stopes International, Monitor Group, and O’Hanlon Health Consulting. 
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