The Long-term Picture for Health Systems: The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Health Systems Strengthening—A Workshop
Over the last several decades, significant investments in global health have been made by the public and private sectors, leading to meaningful changes for the world’s poor. Many of these investments and resulting progress have been concentrated in vertical health programs, such as child and maternal health, malaria, and HIV, where donors may have a strategic interest, and feel they can more easily maintain financial control and monitor their investments and impacts. Frequently, when partnerships among donors and other stakeholders form, they are around these vertical disease or condition specific programs, as stakeholders can coalesce on a specific topical area of expertise and interest. However, to sustain these successes and continue progress, there is a growing recognition of the need to strengthen health systems and build functional administrative and technical infrastructure that can support health services and delivery for both acute and chronic conditions, increase the purchasing and earning power of consumers and workers, and advance global security.
The health system is comprised of all actors, organizations, and resources working towards improved health. Efforts have been made to classify its essential components, and the World Health Organization has identified six building blocks of the health system—leadership and governance, financing, workforce, medical products and technology, information systems, and service delivery. To strengthen health systems across domains, different sectors have unique resources that they can bring to bear, for example, information and technical systems development, human resources management, financing mechanisms, and product development and delivery capacity. Partnerships are an opportunity for stakeholders to come together around a common set of objectives, with the ultimate goal of health systems strengthening, and identify not only how to work together but also where each stakeholder can contribute the most effectively. Within the current context of the post-2015 development agenda, a discussion on the role of partnerships in building sustainable health systems is particularly timely.
An ad-hoc committee will be appointed to plan a 2-day public workshop to examine the role of public-private partnerships in strengthening health systems in low- and middle-income countries. The workshop will feature invited presentations and discussions to examine the following questions:
- How can strengthening health systems sustain and improve progress in global health and safety, increase the purchasing and earning power of consumers and workers, and advance global security?
- Where and how are partnerships investing in systems strengthening, and where are there gaps and opportunities? Where are there opportunities for sectors that have not been traditionally engaged in global health and safety to provide valuable technical expertise and resources? What are the roles and responsibilities of different sectors?
- With the current discussion on the post-2015 development agenda, how can partnerships be positioned to focus on long term investments in building health systems? Are there models and best practices for evaluating the impacts of partnerships that are focused on long-term systems-level outcomes?
- Are there examples of partnerships that are addressing health systems strengthening? If so, how did they develop and evolve, and how are their successes and failure being evaluated?
This meeting is free and open to the public. Registration is now closed.