16 July 2019

News from the private sector constituency with a new deadline for application on 15 August 2019.

Private sector engagement with UHC - an update

Universal health coverage (UHC) is based on the principle that all individuals and communities should have equitable access to quality essential health services without suffering financial hardship. Many stakeholders are involved in making UHC a reality and the private sector is a key player in all countries, particularly in the area of service delivery.

Engaging the private sector should be a part of efforts to achieve UHC; governments and other stakeholders therefore need to engage with the private sector and identify common interests. Read about our event at the World Health Assembly: Profiting from profit: aligning private sector interests with UHC goals.

UHC2030 Private Sector Constituency

The UHC2030 Private Sector Constituency convenes private sector actors to foster dialogue and collaboration for UHC both within the constituency itself and with all UHC2030’s partners and health systems networks in countries and globally. So far, 30 private sector entities have joined the UHC2030 Private Sector constituency, and a full list can be found here. UHC2030 is looking to work with for-profit private sector entities that directly provides services and goods within the health value chain, such as service providers, health insurers, and manufacturers and distributors of medicines and health products as well as innovative and disruptive technologies with applications to the health market. 

As part of the UHC2030 Private Sector Constituency, each entity is able to engage in the global dialogue on UHC and with UHC2030 and its partners on health system strengthening for UHC.

The World Economic Forum, the international organization for public-private cooperation, hosts the Private Sector Constituency of UHC2030.

The constituency has two levels of governance: 

  1. The Core Action Group determines the general directions and is responsible for the strategic management of the constituency. It comprises a minimum of six-member companies and two associations.
  2. The Consultative Group provides strategic input to the Core Action Group. It comprises every entity that fulfils the criteria for membership and passes through the screening of the Framework Agreement for Non-State Actors (FENSA). Read more here.

An overview of the information and documents to be provided by applicants to the constituency can be found here: Application Form Overview 

UHC2030 Global Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Private Sector Engagement for UHC

UHC2030 is initiating a Global Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Private Sector Engagement. We aim to bring all stakeholders together to identify areas where interests are aligned (or can be aligned), and to explore and foster new partnerships toward UHC outcomes including equitable access to quality essential health services and financial protection. For the purpose of this dialogue, we will focus on the for-profit private sector that directly provides services and goods for core health markets. This includes service providers, health insurers, manufacturers and distributors of medicines and health products and innovative and disruptive technologies with applications to the health market.

The Global Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Private Sector Engagement will bring all stakeholders together to answer what role can and should the private sector play to reach UHC? More specifically, we are looking at options for aligning business objectives of the private sector to provide return on investment with public policy objectives of improved equitable access and financial protection.  

Country-level multi-stakeholder dialogues about private sector engagement for primary health care  (PHC)

UHC2030 will facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogues on how the private sector could engage for achieving the goal of UHC in pilot countries. The dialogues will enable governments to take a demand-driven approach to private sector engagement focused on PHC service delivery. The result will be that governments are better equipped to make decisions about the appropriate role of the private sector in meeting national health priorities. Through similar projects of partners, UHC2030 will disseminate lessons-learned from the processes on how to run public private dialogues for UHC.

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