Insights from the first five years: After joining VillageReach in 2017 as Private Sector Engagement lead, even with my 25 years of private sector experience, I quickly learned that integrating private sector capacity into public health systems is not easy. In this article, I share some key takeaways on what is needed to accelerate private sector engagement and integrate the private sector capacity needed for strong and sustainable public health systems in low- and middle-income countries.
Why is Private Sector Engagement important?
In many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) there are limited public sector resources to provide the health care required for everyone to thrive. Governments need to utilize all available resources, including private sector resources, to achieve Universal Health Care (UHC) by 2030. The private sector has financial resources, specialized skills, physical assets and technologies needed by government. Leveraging these various resources to meet specific health needs requires a mastery of the disciplines of private sector engagement.