Tanzania Program Profile

The SHOPS project implemented a two-year technical assistance program in Tanzania funded by the United States Agency for International Development from July 2013 to September 2015. The program had three main objectives: (1) improve the policy environment for private sector provision of HIV and AIDS and other essential health services; (2) increase the availability of information on the current and potential role of the private sector in HIV service provision; and (3) build private health sector capacity to deliver and scale up HIV and other essential health services. SHOPS used a multi-sectoral, participatory approach focused on sustainability and country ownership. This profile presents the goals, components, results, and the following lessons learned:

  • Gathering and widely disseminating health information is fundamental for developing informed interventions and partnerships.
  • District-level public-private partnership fora can facilitate alliances when supported by a neutral broker.
  • The private sector is an important source of health services that can be more effectively leveraged through greater involvement in local planning and funding processes.
  • National policies and guidelines that formalize task sharing can lead to rapid increases in service coverage and improved patient outcomes.
  • Improving HIV and AIDS patient outcomes at the facility level requires both provider capacity-building efforts and targeted health systems strengthening interventions.

SHOPS Project


SHOPS Project

June 2015
Resource Types
Program Profile
Technical Area
Networks and Franchising
Private Health Sector Assessments
Health Area
antiretroviral treatment
health systems
HIV counseling and testing
male circumcision
maternal and child health
private sector assessment
provider networks
public-private dialogue
public-private partnerships
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