Private Sector Health


Abt Associates links public, private, and community actors. We broker a wide range of partnership initiatives — from communications campaigns to the development and launch of new health products and services. Our team connects pharmaceutical and other health product manufacturers with public sector partners in order to grow market segments or product categories. At the same time, these collaborations improve the availability of high-quality, affordable products and services for specific population and consumer groups. For example, the 4th Sector Health project connected USAID with partners to develop strategies to mobilize corporate resources to support health activities in nine countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Abt also assists its public sector clients to engage businesses and civil society in partnerships that create an enabling environment for the private sector to build business, thereby contributing to development. Abt assists both multinational and local organizations to develop strategies to collaboratively mobilize innovative solutions and resources to advance health and development. For example, the Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project developed social marketing programs to catalyze commercial markets for affordable health products to treat childhood diarrhea in Ghana and India.
We apply our expertise through:
  • Identifying stakeholders and mapping health interests and needs;
  • Convening stakeholders based on a common interest;
  • Developing strategies for partnership activities that contribute to improved public health; and
  • Managing, monitoring, and evaluating partnership projects.


INDIA: Can we reach more TB patients by changing the service delivery model?


When India needed universal coverage and improved access to TB care, Abt Associates designed and demonstrated the solution. Focusing on urban slums in Karnataka state, Abt with its partner, KHPT, pioneered a model combining outreach for improved awareness, communitylevel screening and engagement of private medical practitioners and public-private partnership. Over the past year, a quarter million people across 42 towns were reached. Mapping and capacity building helped form a network of 800 doctors and health workers. Improved access to certified investigations and adoption of standards of TB care by providers enabled diagnosis of 3,000 TB patients, 18 percent of whom are children. And of those, 11 percent are under age 5.
CLIENT: USAID / PROJECT: Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS)


TANZANIA: How do you create a marketbased solution to reduce childhood malnutrition?


Commercial solutions to issues like childhood malnutrition can be a tough sell in countries where free donor services are common. In Tanzania, USAID turned to Abt Associates to spearhead a market-based solution to micronutrient deficiencies, which afflict over half the country’s young children. Abt forged partnerships among local and international enterprises and government clinics to process, distribute and promote a specially formulated micronutrient powder for children aged 6 months to 5 years. Abt also worked closely with Tanzania’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to get taxes waived so that the product could be sold at an affordable price at local kiosks. Rather than another giveaway program that eventually ends, Tanzania now has a sustainable market solution for healthier children’s diets.
CLIENT: USAID Feed the Future Initiative / PROJECT: Tuboreshe Chakula


ETHIOPIA: How can the private and public sectors collaborate for the health of a nation?


Ethiopian officials and the private health sector agree: they want their health care system to have the highest quality, integrity and professional standards. In line with the country’s health sector strategic plan, there are growing numbers of private service providers and facilities working with the public sector to achieve Ethiopia’s public health goals. To help facilitate this process, Abt Associates, through the Private Health Sector Program (PHSP), and the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health hosted the first-ever Private Health Sector Forum for the government and the private health sector to discuss issues standing in the way of universal access. PHSP enables hundreds of private clinics and laboratories to partner with the government in delivery of critical services for tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, malaria and family planning.
CLIENT: USAID / PROJECT: Private Health Sector Program

Article: Improved Childhood Diarrhea Treatment Practices in Ghana
From 2011 to 2015, a diarrhea management program in Ghana increased caregiver use of oral rehydration salts with zinc to treat diarrhea in children under five, from 0.8 percent to 29.2 percent, and reduced antibiotic use – a generally inappropriate for treatment of non-bloody diarrhea – from 66.2 percent to 38.2 percent.
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