SHOPS Plus recently published a brief that highlights the major findings and recommendations from an assessment of the private health sector of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The project conducted the assessment with funding from USAID, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The DRC government and other stakeholders are putting this assessment into action in the following ways.
- The government established a partnership unit within the Ministry of Health at the ministerial cabinet level. This change elevated the public-private partnerships function within the Ministry.
- The Ministry of Health and national private sector alliance, Alliance du Secteur Privé de la Santé, are developing a partnership agreement.
- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation conducted research on the ability to pay for family planning products among adolescent and low-income populations based on a report recommendation.
- The private health sector and local banks began dialogue to gain a better understanding of each other’s goals and needs.
- The Ministry of Health is working with a multinational pharmaceutical organization to create a major pharmaceutical partnership.
Conducted in early 2018, the assessment revealed strong political will by the government to increase private sector engagement. However, the government and other stakeholders have faced challenges related to public sector decentralization; political instability; insufficient funding, transparency, and data; and commodity and human resource bottlenecks.
SHOPS Plus disseminated results in September 2018 at a ceremony in Kinshasa led by the DRC Minister of Health and the Deputy Prime Minister for Transport and Communications.
The World Bank published a longer report of the assessment in late 2018.