Business as a partner in strengthening public health systems in developing countries: an agenda for action

Business as a partner in strengthening public health systems in developing countries: an agenda for action

What public health gaps can be filled by the private sector?

This report reviews the potential for business to contribute to public health systems in developing countries. The paper argues that while governments clearly have the overall responsibility for ensuring that health systems serve their populations more effectively, other partners, including the business community, can play a role.

The paper covers the following:

  • a summary of the challenge facing public health systems
  • why good health systems matter to business
  • the role of private sector including: core business activities, philanthropy and social investment, and public policy dialogue, advocacy and institution building
  • an agenda for action
  • examples and initiatives that businesses can pursue.

The agenda for action outlines the public capacity gap that could be filled by the private sector. These include:

  • financial
  • institutional and infrastructure
  • human resource
  • public communications and education
  • national policy coordination, planning and monitoring .

The paper outlines specific examples of how business can be involved in filling these gaps.

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