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New document! Supporting private sector engagement during COVID-19 – WHO’s approach

The COVID-19 pandemic is overwhelming health systems across the world. The need to effectively address this surge in healthcare demand has forced ministries of health to look beyond the public health service delivery system, to the private health sector. Priorities of member states began to shift towards strengthening their health systems for an effective COVID-19 response.

WHO responded to this shift in focus by commencing WHO’s Private Health Sector for COVID-19 Initiative (WHO-PCI). The goal of WHO-PCI is to offer a rapid, real-time, evidence-based, tailored support to countries that will drastically improve private health sector engagement in their response to the COVID-19 crisis and will better position member states for post-COVID-19 service delivery

This new document "Supporting private sector engagement during COVID-19 – WHO’s approach" outlines the approach taken by WHO-PCI, which includes three phases:

  • Phase 1 - Identify and frame key issues member states are facing in engaging the private health sector.
  • Phase 2 - Provide evidence-based guidance and support to WHO offices and member states in “real-time”
  • Phase 3 - Collect and analyze emerging evidence and experience to inform current and future private health sector service delivery governance


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