Improving knowledge of the private health sector

At USAID Madagascar’s request, SHOPS Plus conducted a private sector assessment to identify opportunities to expand private sector investment and participation in health. The assessment estimated the size, scope, and scale of the private health sector, with an emphasis on key stakeholders and their roles. It examined the ecosystem for digital financial services in the health sector, in particular mobile money, and explored opportunities for improved digital financial inclusion, especially through mobile-enabled insurance. At the dissemination event in Antananarivo in January 2018, The Secretary General of the Madagascar Ministry of Public Health, Josea Ratsirarson, emphasized the ministry’s readiness to partner with the private health sector to improve health services and products nationwide. The assessment findings are helping inform the Government of Madagascar, USAID, and other stakeholders’ activities in the health sector.

A corporate partnership assessment, completed by SHOPS Plus in 2016 identified potential opportunities for the health sector to partner with telecommunication companies, extractive industry groups, and other large employers to expand corporate social responsibility initiatives for health. The assessment also identified suitable banks to expand the scope of USAID’s Development Credit Authority loan guarantee program. SHOPS Plus built upon the learnings from the corporate partnership assessment to expand providers’ access to finance. SHOPS Plus has also worked with implementing partners and stakeholders to understand demand for digital health technologies.

Based on recommendations from the Private Sector Assessment, SHOPS Plus is digging into other key gaps in knowledge of the private health sector, including barriers to private sector reporting into health information systems and an examination of the supportive landscape for health enterprises which can provide innovative solutions to health problems. 

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