Public–private partnerships (PPPs) can help to address some of the challenges facing health systems around the world. They include increasing demand for health care (populations grow and age while governments often struggle to meet this demand with their own resources), high costs of health care, and the need for innovation.

The main idea is to combine public and private sector resources, expertise, and capabilities. In LMICs, governments often have limited funding and resources, while the private sector can bring in additional investment, innovation, and management expertise to improve cost-effectiveness of healthcare systems.

PPPs can be used in the healthcare sector to build and operate hospitals, train health workers, provide health insurance, or develop innovations.

Several PPPs exist and endeavor to improve health standards around the world.

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Purposes and Challenges

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PPPs can be difficult to manage and they can be vulnerable to changes in government policy. There are also concerns about the potential for PPPs to lead to the privatization of essential services.

Hence, a successful PPP should be well prepared either as a standalone project or as part of one of the previous modules presented on this website.

A certain number of steps should be carefully planned in advance: needs assessment and stakeholder mapping, clearly defining the objectives of the partnership, identifying potential partners, building trust and relationships, developing a clear financial partnership agreement, providing clear communication, data sharing, and management. Being flexible and adaptable is essential in every step of these processes.

PPPs should also prioritize health equity and ensure that vulnerable and underserved populations have access to quality healthcare services. Hence, efforts should be made to address health disparities and reach those in remote or marginalized areas. A sound Monitoring and Evaluation allows for assessing the impact and effectiveness of PPPs, but also identify successful strategies, areas for improvement, and ensure accountability.

Once the PPP is operating smoothly, several types of tools can be measured to assess its impact. For example, Health Impact Assessments, Health Outcome Indicators, Community Engagement and Feedback.

Helping to create a successful Public-Private Partnership can be mutually beneficial to the private sector, the public institutions, and, last but not least, populations whose needs are not met.

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