With increasing numbers of Tanzanians turning to the private sector for health care, private provider networks need financing to grow and improve their services. However, this sector is underfinanced, thereby limiting the growth potential of private health care businesses. Additionally, health facility staff can often lack business management skills and ability to generate business plans.
Building on pre-existing relationships with these networks, and with financial institutions evaluating opportunities in the health sector, SHOPS Plus is helping to address the lack of access to finance by strengthening the business management abilities of private health providers and supporting the financing application process. Simultaneously, SHOPS Plus will work with financial institutions to adapt policies, procedures and products to better address the financing needs of health facilities.