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Public-private partnerships strengthen health systems and AIDS response


A new UNAIDS report, HIV-related Public-Private Partnerships and Health Systems Strengthening, highlights how the AIDS response has been a strong catalyst in the establishment of public-private partnerships for health, particularly in Africa. Many of these partnerships initially focused on HIV but they later expanded to cover wider health issues.

Research and interviews with representatives of private and public organisation stakeholders as well as development partners were carried out. Twelve public-private partnerships with a strong collaborative relationship with government institutions in the country of implementation were identified to present insider perspectives on catalysts and hurdles which may be encountered in developing collaborations. Good practices have been identified taking into consideration their sustainability, their integration in the national AIDS control plan and their measurable results.

Some of the partnerships presented in the publication include North Star Foundation, BD’s Wellness Centres relieving the pressure on nurses in sub-Saharan Africa, DataDyne and Vodafone Foundation developing health surveys with EpiSurveyor, Abbott Fund’s laboratory support from national to regional level in Tanzania, Mars supporting the National Health Insurance Scheme of Ghana and Fondation Sogebank managing Global Fund grants as Principal Recipient in Haiti.

The topic of public-private partnerships was the focus of a breakout session of the thematic segment of the 23rd UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board Meeting in Geneva on 15 December 2008. UNAIDS governing board then commissioned the Secretariat to compile “best practices and lessons learnt to support and facilitate public-private partnerships with respect to their applicability for strengthening the public sector in low and middle income countries”. “HIV-related Public-Private Partnerships and Health Systems Strengthening” is the result of this process.