The Private Sector in Health TWG examines the growing role of the non-state sector in delivering health care to people in developing countries and the related challenges and opportunities.

If you would like to find out more about the Private Sector in Health TWG, the activities we will be involved in at the Symposium, or engage in this important area of research, why not visit us at the HSG stall in the Marketplace, follow @psinhealth on Twitter, and join us at one of the exciting sessions listed below.

You can also join the free online group for the Private Sector TWG hosted through the Health Systems Hub. Just create your profile to access the Hub, then visit the Private Sector TWG home page where you can browse group discussions, resources and connect directly with other members in advance of the Symposium.

Official TWG Sessions

Session Type Title Description Date & Time Location
Organized session Resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world: the role of health markets in managing antibiotic use in low and middle income countries Antibiotic resistance is increasing but while antibiotics are often overused, universal access has not yet been secured. As health markets mediate this access-excess balance this session will review what is known about their performance and debate the feasibility and effectiveness of strategies to improve drugs use in LMICs.


Thursday, November 17, 11:00-12:30 Room 18
Business meeting   Wednesday, November 16, 12:30 – 13:45 Room 10

Supporting documents for organized session

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – A Factsheet

Compiled by: Dr. Meenakshi Gautham, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, Dr. Annie Wilkinson, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK, Dr. Anna Zorzet, ReAct Europe, Sweden
Designed by: Therese Holm, ReAct Europe, Sweden

TWG member sessions

Session Type Title Description Date & Time Location
Satellite session AMFm reflections – learning from new evidence on the Affordable Medicine Facility–malaria The Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm) was a unique, innovative program, subsidising recommended antimalarials in both public and private sectors, across seven African countries. This session provides an opportunity to discuss new evidence available on the AMFm experience, and reflect on what we have learnt from this innovative (and costly) experiment.


Monday, November 14, 08:00 – 17:00 Location 9
Satellite session Making measurement easier – Equity, a mobile application, and building a movement Understanding the socio-economic profile of target groups is important, but difficult to measure. An easy-to-apply method that is useful for decision-makers is needed. Engage with the challenge of developing a practical equity measurement tool, and the consensus-built solution. Monday, November 14, 15:00-17:00 Room 19
Satellite session Momentum toward UHC: Implications and opportunities for small to medium private practices Small to medium private practices reach underserved groups, making them critical to achieve universal health coverage. Join SHOPS Plus for an expert panel on how health financing programs can benefit from the participation of private providers. A senior official from the Kenya Ministry of Health will share first-hand experience engaging them in the National Hospital Insurance Fund.


Tuesday, November 15, 15:00-17:00 Room 12
Organized session Using empirical data and economic modelling for health systems improvement: the proven effectiveness of Cambodia’s health equity funds


Following 15 years of development, Cambodia’s Health Equity Funds are one of the world’s best examples of providing health coverage for the poor in low-income countries, covering 100% of the population living below the poverty line. Using DID models with comprehensive national data, we demonstrate their genuine effectiveness.


Wednesday November 16, 11:00-12:30 Room 12
Organized session Opportunities and challenges: integrating mHealth into low and middle income health systems


ICTs offer great promise and opportunity for health systems, yet also have significant challenges and potential downsides.  These tensions are infrequently discussed by health system researchers and policy-makers.  This session examines ICT and health research in Africa and Asia, engaging health systems and development experts in conversation about mhealth futures.


Thursday, November 17, 11:00 -12:30 Room 12
Organized session Rapid urbanization and the private health care sector imperative: understanding motivations and entry points for enhancing health systems engagement and sustaining health gains in Bangladesh


This session explores the implications of rapid urbanization on health care delivery in Bangladesh, and the role of the private sector.  In seeking to more formally engage the private sector within the health system and around national health goals, understanding its motivations, strategies and challenges are a crucial first step.


Thursday, November 17, 16:00 -17:30 Room 13
Organized session The political economy of resilient health systems: an emerging discourse


The discourse of resilient health systems is poorly understood and raises concerns about the lack of critique and debate about its objectives and operationalisation. This symposium opens the debate – this panel takes the opportunity to interrogate the range of resilience concepts and their implications for responsiveness in different contexts. Friday, November 18, 13:30-15:00 Room 18
Oral session Financial incentives and the quality of care of primary care doctors in the public and private sector in South Africa


Part of a panel of presentations in the oral session Evaluation in health policy and systems research: spotlight on non-communicable diseases. Wednesday, November 16, 14:00-15:30 Room 14
Oral session Drug shops in integrated community case management of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea in Uganda: appropriateness of care and adherence to treatment guidelines


Part of a panel of presentations in the oral session Strengthening the supply of pharmaceuticals and other commodities. Thursday, November 17, 14:00-15:30 Room 16
Oral session How equitable is social franchising? A case study of three maternal healthcare franchises in Uganda and India


Part of a panel of presentations in the oral session Distribution and responsivness of different service delivery models.


Thursday, November 17, 16:00-17:30 Room 14
Oral session Public health and complex relationships: emerging framework for enhancing relationships for strengthening health systems


Part of a panel of presentations in the oral session Role of governance and accountability in improving health system performance.


Friday, November 18, 13:30-15:00 Room 10
Oral session The impact of the ‘Health Insurance Card Scheme’ policy for undocumented migrants in Thailand on utilisation volume and out-of-pocket payments of migrant patients


Part of a panel of presentations in the oral session Universal health coverage as a pathway to resilience: quality and financing. Friday, November 18, 13:30-15:00 Room 16
Poster The impact of clinical social franchising for maternal health: Quasi-experimental evidence from a prospective evaluation in Uttar Pradesh, India


Poster Understanding the nature of competition facing private sector providers of delivery care in Uttar Pradesh, India


Poster How Franchising affects private practice: a comparison of case-mix, client volume and revenue among private providers in Kenya


e-Poster Does subsidising the private for-profit sector benefit the poor? Evidence from the Affordable Medicines Facility – malaria (AMFm) in Nigeria and Uganda


e-Poster Improving strategic purchasing for achieving UHC in the formal sector social health insurance programme: An Institutional analysis