Sexual and reproductive health

Building public-private linkages to advance priority health services in Africa

Report of regional workshop, May 2008, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

World Health Organization, United States Agency for International Development

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Publication details

Number of pages: 75
Publication date: 2008
Languages: English


The purpose of the workshop was to develop national capacity to design and manage partnerships with private sector stakeholders and provide an overview of the selected policy instruments commonly available to Ministries of Health (MOHs) and the public-private partnership (PPP) units.

Building public–private linkages for priority health services in Africa

The Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization (WHO/RHR), and USAID’s PSP-One project are collaborating to strengthen the capacity of African Ministries of Health to engage the private health sector to deliver high-quality reproductive health/family planning services.

The objectives of this initiative are to build both awareness and capacity within the public sector to mobilize better the private sector in meeting its health objectives, as well as to disseminate best practices.

This joint WHO/RHR and PSP-One activity is an outcome of the December 2006 consultation on Public Policy and Franchising Reproductive Health , and builds upon several other related initiatives of both WHO/RHR and PSP-One. The centrepiece of the WHO/RHR and PSP-One collaboration is the creation of a network of African countries that are interested and engaged in building linkages with the private sector to meet health objectives. To launch the network, a regional workshop was held on 7-10 May 2008 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.