Assessing the capacity of the private health sector in Madagascar to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

Assessing the capacity of the private health sector in Madagascar to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic
Principal Investigators: Ben Johns, Marianne El-Khoury
Timeline: June 2020 – December 2020


Since the first reported COVID-19 case in March 2020, the Operational Command Center of the government of Madagascar has directed the population to public health facilities for testing, screening, and care. As the number of cases continued to rise and resources remained limited, there was greater need to involve the private health sector in the COVID-19 response. SHOPS Plus supported the government in understanding the capacity and interest of the private health sector in contributing to the national COVID-19 response.


The study assessed the current practices, capacities, and needs of private health facilities to contribute to the prevention and active management of COVID-19 cases. Results will inform a national strategy to involve the private sector in the pandemic response.


SHOPS Plus and local research partner, Agence Capsule, administered a phone-based survey to 250 randomly selected private health facilities in the Analamanga region. The facilities were drawn from the list of facilities identified in the Madagascar private sector census, and included basic private health facilities, company-based medical facilities, and private hospitals.

Status: Completed
Date of last update: March 2021

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