There is a growing realisation that citizens of many low and middle income countries rely heavily on private providers of drugs and medical advice. Nearly 60% of total health expenditure on health in low- and middle-income countries is private, rising above 80% in countries such as India, Pakistan, Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
There is an urgent need to build systematic knowledge about health-seeking behaviour, the performance of non-state providers and the outcomes of different interventions to improve the performance of health markets in meeting the needs of the poor.
The Private Sector in Health Symposium is a biennial event. Since 2009 it has been held in advance of the International Health Economics Association world congress. The Symposium brings together researchers, implementers, donors and policy makers for dialogue and discussion. It is an unparalleled opportunity to hear the best and most recent research and to network with colleagues from around the world.
This year, the symposium is being coordinated by members of the Future Health Systems consortium. More information at www.pshealth.org.
September 2012 - August 2013
This project is funded under the auspices of the HANSHEP consortium:
- Rockefeller Foundation
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- UK Department for International Development (DFID)
- Dr David Bishai, JHSPH (co-convenor)
- Dr Gerry Bloom, IDS (co-convenor)
- Jeff Knezovich, IDS
- Kate Hawkins, Pamoja Communications/IDS
- Karampreet Sachathep, JHSPH
- PSinHealth website: www.pshealth.org
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