Sustainable Strategies for Accessible, Quality Health Care: Public-Private Sector Engagement in Kenya
In order to help increase the role of the private sector in health, especially within the context of the country’s HIV response, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) mission in Kenya engaged the Abt-led Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project to design and implement a program to establish sustainable strategies for accessible, quality health care.
Beginning in February 2012, SHOPS Kenya began leveraging and strengthening the capacity and financial resources of the private health sector to improve well-being for all Kenyans through the provision of quality HIV, family planning and reproductive health, and child health services.
The project addressed key challenges that limited the ability of the private health sector to fully contribute to a strong, sustainable health system in Kenya by bringing together stakeholders including policymakers, private health insurance companies, and private health care providers. With these partners, SHOPS worked to strengthen the policy environment, increase access to health services by reducing financial barriers, and strengthen providers’ capacity.