Public-private engagement integral to new USAID program in Senegal
On January 17, 2017, USAID celebrated the launch of multiple USAID-funded health projects in Senegal and provided an overview of the country’s 2016-2021 Integrated Health Program. Through this program, USAID aims to contribute to improving health outcomes in Senegal by making strategic investments to build country capacity with a focus on reducing maternal, neonatal, and child mortality, as well as improving the governance of the health system. SHOPS Plus was recognized at the event along with four other projects, which was chaired by the Minister of Health and Social Action, Awa Marie Coll Seck.
[The Integrated Health Program] will focus on direct subsidies to targeted regions, strengthening health systems, supporting private sector engagement, and providing technical assistance.” – Dr. Fatou Ndiaye, Maternal and Child Health/Family Planning Specialist, USAID
In support of these aims, SHOPS Plus supports the Senegalese private sector in delivering high quality health products and services and by increasing government stewardship of the private health sector. Many of its activities stem from a 2015 private sector assessment that identified key areas in which the private sector can contribute to improving the health system:
Understanding the private health sector – The assessment identified a need to better understand the number, distribution, and characteristics of private sector facilities in Senegal. SHOPS Plus is currently conducting a private sector mapping exercise to gather this information in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Private Sector Alliance.
Affordable, quality service delivery – SHOPS Plus works to increase the number of private sector delivery points, particularly through mobile outreach and social franchise networks. The project builds the capacity of private providers to improve quality service delivery provision through continued training, supervisory support and monitoring. SHOPS Plus also works to increase the participation of private providers in mutuelles (mutual health associations) and the Universal Health Coverage agency to help make their services more affordable.
Provider access to finance –The project also works with financial institutions to develop loan products adapted to the needs of all health care providers.
Policy, stewardship, and public-private partnerships – To enhance the environment for the private sector, SHOPS Plus promotes policy dialogue, reform, and regulatory change. The project identifies opportunities to increase the availability of quality private sector health products and services and provides technical assistance to strengthen governance of the private sector.
Access to essential pharmaceutical and medical commodities – SHOPS Plus works with partners in the commercial sector and the government to maximize supply chain sustainability, efficiency, and responsiveness.
mHealth –To inform future activities, SHOPS Plus is conducting a market scan to understand current mhealth activities and initiatives that are being implemented in Senegal.