Increasing knowledge of the private health sector

SHOPS Plus conducts several activities to fill key knowledge gaps about the private health sector in Madagascar. These include a private sector assessment, a nationwide census of private health facilities, assistance to increase sustainable private sector reporting into the national health management information system (HMIS), learning and support of health enterprises, and a legal and regulatory review.

SHOPS Plus completed a private sector assessment that identified opportunities to expand private sector investment and participation in health. At the dissemination event in Antananarivo in January 2018, the Secretary General of the Madagascar ministry of public health, Josea Ratsirarson, emphasized the ministry’s readiness to partner with the private health sector to improve health services and products nationwide.

SHOPS Plus is currently conducting a private health facility census nationwide to better understand the size, location, and scope of the private health sector. The project completed the first phase of the census and identified 1,135 health facilities in the capital region. Currently, SHOPS Plus is conducting the census outside of the capital region.

SHOPS Plus collaborates with government counterparts and private sector providers to make important advances in private sector reporting in routine HMIS. The project organizes trainings for private providers and has facilitated the development of a private sector HMIS committee to represent the interests of private providers and ensure sustainable reporting going forward.

SHOPS Plus also facilitates learning and support of health enterprises in Madagascar by organizing seminars to promote health enterprise ideas and supporting local endeavors to identify and engage promising health sector start-ups.

Lastly, SHOPS Plus recently completed a review of the legal and regulatory framework underpinning the private health sector to identify ways to strengthen the enabling environment for better private sector engagement.

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Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) Plus is a five-year cooperative agreement (AID-OAA-A-15-00067) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This website is made possible by the generous support of the American people through USAID. The information provided on this website is not official U.S. government information and does not represent the views or positions of USAID or the U.S. government.

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