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JSI Hosts National Consultation on Engaging the Private Sector
March 14, 2017
To accelerate progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), governments, private health sector, social entrepreneurs, development partners, and NGOs must work together.
In India, there is a growing belief, and growing evidence, that if the public and private sectors work together they can benefit communities. However, we do not have enough information about the readiness of private hospitals, nursing homes, etc. to implement high-impact maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) interventions in the vulnerable areas of the country. To better understand this problem, JSI, under the USAID-funded Vriddhi project, completed a landscape assessment in six priority states (Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Delhi, Uttrakhand, Punjab) to assess the readiness of private providers to implement high-impact MNCH interventions and to understand their challenges and possible opportunities to provide quality health services that are affordable to the poor.
JSI organized a national consultation on February 21, 2017 to disseminate the findings of this comprehensive assessment. Attendees included representatives from the national and state governments; professional associations such as the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India, Indian Academy of Pediatrics, and Indian Medical Association; social entrepreneurs; champions of public-private partnership;and national stakeholders from development partners.
JSI India will continue to engage with state government officials and state-level chapters of professional associations to develop a strategic roadmap for engaging the private sector to improve access to MNCH intervention in selected states. Given its reach and ability to innovate, the private sector has an important role to play in complementing public health systems and supporting government efforts to reach the SDGs.